The purpose of the Association is to encourage and support the study of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora in Australia, New Zealand and internationally, by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas among its members. This exchange may be facilitated by the production of a scholarly journal and regular newsletters and the provision of scholarly conferences, fellowships, scholarships and prizes.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE, rules of association (1998)

Tuesday 13 December 2022, Midday, on Zoom




  • Postgraduate Essay Competition is Open
    ISAANZ and the editor of AJIS are pleased to announce the 2023 competition is now open to anyone enrolled in an MA or PhD between June 2022 and June 2023 at any tertiary institution, with essays on any aspect of Irish Studies considered. Essays entered for the prize and thus for publication in AJIS must not be submitted for publication elsewhere until after judging is completed. Submissions must be received by  31 March 2023.
  • CFP: Multilingual legacies of Ireland’s revolution
    10 December 2022. Ireland’s revolutionary period (1916–1923) is generally studied and approached in terms of the English language. This does not reflect the rich linguistic landscape of early-twentieth century Ireland: large sections of the country were still Irish speaking, the travelling Mincéir community were strongly grounded in their own linguistic traditions, while regional dialects and language varieties, including Ulster Scots, were not just a marker of geographic background but also of socioeconomic class. Ireland was also home to various ethnic communities, including migrants from France, Germany, Switzerland, as well as a vibrant Jewish community from Russia. This symposium invites contributions from scholars working across different languages. It aims to explore how the events of the Irish revolution and civil war were conceived and reconceived in various languages at home and abroad at different points in time and during different political moments. In an increasingly diverse Ireland, what can we learn from these multilingual legacies?
  • Rethinking Transnational Ireland
    25 November 2022. The node of multi-disciplinary activities known as ‘Irish studies’ has been transformed over the last generation and not just by the social and cultural revolution that has taken place in Ireland itself over the last 30 years. Any contemporary scholarly reckoning with the state of the field needs to engage with the so-called ‘transnational turn’ in historical studies, with the rise of global frames for understanding national culture (as in ‘world literature’), with the sheer size, cultural impact and diffuse nature of the Irish diaspora, with the impact of new technologies on the sorts of questions that can be asked and answered. This symposium will take stock and reflect on how a field of study with a national identifier might think beyond the nation, with an emphasis on the Australasian and Pacific regions.
  • Ghosts of Catholic Ireland
    24 November 2022, 6:00pm, University of Melbourne. For much of the twentieth century Ireland was seen as a bastion of Catholic belief and teaching in a secularising world. In the past thirty years, however, that image has imploded, and the role of the Catholic Church in almost every aspect of Irish life has receded, to the point at which we can now speak of a post-Catholic Ireland. It has been well established that almost every Irish writer of the twentieth century registered, (if only in opposition), the earlier dominance of the Church in Irish life, with Joyce providing perhaps the most famous instance. But what of Irish writers of the current century? In this lecture Chris Morash, Professor of Irish Writing at TCD will look at some of the ways in which the ghosts of Catholic Ireland continue to haunt Irish writing, asking if, in some cases, those ghosts might now even be benign, and capable of being turned to creative uses.
  • End(s) of National Literatures
    19th October 2022, 1:00pm – 2:15pm. In-Person, Melbourne University. When the Dublin diarist Joseph Holloway ventured out on his morning walk on Easter Monday, 1916, he came across a posted notice which he first took to be an advertisement for a play – with good reason, for four of the seven names blazoned at the bottom were published poets or dramatists. In fact, he was looking at the Proclamation of an Irish Republic, posted around the city announcing a nationalist military insurrection, led largely by writers. This vignette can remind us that there are few countries in which literature and politics are more closely intertwined, and hence where the idea of a ‘national literature’ has a deeper hold, than in Ireland. “Art and scholarship”, claimed W.B. Yeats in 1901, “make love of country more fruitful in the mind, more a part of daily life.”
  • CFP: Études Irlandaises
    The Editorial Board of Études Irlandaises is seeking submissions for the Fall/Winter 2023 issue of the journal. Études Irlandaises is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal publishing articles in English, Irish and French which explore all aspects of Irish literature, history, society, politics, culture and arts from ancient times to the present. Études Irlandaises publishes articles on a wide range of subjects including: poetry / fiction / drama / film / music / politics / economy / social studies / archeology / architecture. Inter/transdisciplinary approaches are also encouraged. Études Irlandaises is aimed at scholars, postgraduate students, institutions specialising in Irish studies as well as people who have an informed interest in the subject.
  • IFF 2022 Online
    30 Sep – 15 Oct 2022. The Irish Film Festival is Australia’s finest source of innovative, quality film that showcases the culture, traditions, history and character of Ireland and the Irish people. Since 2015 IFF has gone from strength to strength and now with Palace Cinemas in 2022 goes national to premiere moving dramas, inspiring documentaries, eerie horror, darkly funny comedies and captivating family films to become the country’s biggest celebration of Irish culture, language, music and history alongside St Patrick’s Day. Following the nationally-touring cinema festival in August and September, the IFF is proud to present a different and expanded selection of films that will stream online in October 2022.
  • CFP: 10th Celtic Students Conference
    CFP: 10th Celtic Students Conference, 30 March – 1 April 2023, University of Glasgow (In-Person & Online). The Association of Celtic Students will be holding its tenth annual conference from the 30th March to the 1st April 2023. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of greater accessibility, this year’s conference will be a hybrid event. Guests are warmly invited to attend in-person presentations at the University of Glasgow, or to attend online if they prefer. All arrangements are subject to national health advice and restrictions and may change as the situation develops. We welcome presentations in English and in any of the Celtic languages. We accept papers from current students and recent graduates on any aspect of Celtic Studies, as well as any topic associated with any of the Celtic languages, peoples, literatures, histories, and/or cultures. Conference papers should be between 15-20 minutes in length.
  • Hēmi Kelly on “Translations”
    4 October 2022, 7:30pm NZDT. Hēmi Kelly discusses his new translation of Brian Friel’s famous play “Translations”, and explores what both it and his work on the translation can teach us about questions that are as real today as in 1833 when the play is set. What importance do languages have to us and our self-identity? How should indigenous tongues interact with new colonial languages?
  • MISS: Melbourne’s Gaelic Concerts
    11 October 2022. Rhys Ryan’s creative fellowship at the State Library of Victoria examines original manuscripts documenting the annual céilithe held in Melbourne in the early twentieth century. By focusing on the specific dances performed at these concerts and the context in which they occurred, his research considers how, in a period of burgeoning Gaelic cultural consciousness, these choreographies both preserved and promulgated Irish identity throughout the diaspora.

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  • Annual volume of the Australasian Journal of Irish Studies (optional subscription)
  • Generous discounts on back issues of AJIS and selected ISAANZ publications
  • Regular newsletters
  • Priority registration and discounts for ISAANZ Conferences
  • Information about Irish Studies events throughout Australasia
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