ISAANZ 25 (virtual) 6-7 Dec ’21

ISAANZ 25 Organising Committee
1 November 2021

We hope this finds you well.

Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in opening registration for the conference. As you’ll be aware, we had hoped to host a hybrid in-person/online conference and we have been carefully monitoring government announcements about the current Auckland lockdown. With regret, we have decided that in-person attendance will not be possible and that the conference will now be an online only event. We are asking delegates to pay a small conference fee of NZ$ 50 to help offset the cost of the conference organisation. ISAANZ has decided that the conference will be free to registered Early Career Researchers and postgraduate students.

The conference promises to be a rich one with keynotes from scholars including Professors Ronan McDonald (Melbourne), Sonja Tiernan (Otago) and David Wilson (Toronto) in addition to a range of papers on aspects of Irish history and literature. A diverse array of papers on Irish history and literature will be presented in the panel sessions.

Professor Ronan McDonald

Ronan McDonald holds the Gerry Higgins Chair of Irish Studies at the University of Melbourne. He is Vice President of the Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand, and served as president between 2014 and 2020. He has research interests in Irish literature, especially Irish modernism, the history of criticism and the value of the humanities. His books include Tragedy and Irish Literature (2002), The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett (2007) and The Death of the Critic (2008). Edited collections include The Values of Literary Studies: Critical Institutions, Scholarly Agendas (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Flann O’Brien and Modernism (2014). His monograph on The Irish Revival, Modernism and the Making of Literary Value is forthcoming with Cambridge UP. He is the series editor for Cambridge Themes in Irish Literature and Culture.

Professor Sonja Tiernan

Sonja Tiernan is the Éamon Cleary Professor of Irish Studies and co-director of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Otago. She has published widely in the area of modern Irish gender and women’s history. Her most recent book, Irish Women’s Speeches: Voices that Rocked the System, was published by University College Dublin Press in 2021.

Professor David Wilson

David Wilson is Professor of History and Celtic Studies at the University of Toronto and General Editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. His books include Paine and Cobbett: The Transatlantic Connection; Ireland, a Bicycle and a Tin Whistle; United Irishmen, United States: Immigrant Radicals in the Early Republic; and The History of the Future.

The Virtual Platform
The conference programme will be in two live streams. Delegates will be able to access a stream of their choice and view other papers afterwards. Papers can be delivered live or pre-recorded. We will provide more details of this and an instruction seminar on the conference portal in the near future.

A draft conference programme is now available and is subject to change. If your time slot is of concern, please advise Brad Patterson ( as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Yours sincerely,

Malcolm Campbell, Jan Cronin, Rina Kim and Brad Patterson

14th ISAANZ Annual General Meeting (via Zoom)
Tuesday 7 December 2021 at 5:00pm NZDT (Auckland),
3:00pm AEDT (Melbourne), 4:00am GMT (Dublin)

The conference programme is out now!
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