CFP: American Conference for Irish Studies

Irish Studies: Pasts, Presents, and Futures

29 – 30 April, 2022. Online

Another year disrupted. Another unforeseen turning in the widening gyre. As in so many elements of our lives, the most recent wave of the pandemic means we must ask questions about our past, our present, and our future: How long has it been since we felt normal? What can we do right now? What will tomorrow bring? This moment allows us to reconsider the purpose and future of Irish Studies, and its related, interconnected, peripheral, and unrecognized fields. For the online 2022 American Conference for Irish Studies, we invite individual papers, panels, and roundtables that reassess the pasts, presents, and futures of our field. Intentionally open, speculative, and abstract, it is our hope that these papers, panels, and roundtables seek “collisions and encounters” that help, in the words of Gayatri Gopinath, to explore “our imbricated pasts and futures.”

For this year’s conference, which will be fully online, we seek papers, panels, and roundtables on the following, as well as any or all other topics in Irish Studies:

  • Imagined and real Irish pasts
  • Speculative and potential Irish futures
  • Irish encounters with other fields of study
  • Imbricated Irish experiences
  • Teaching Irish Studies in new contexts

Fáiltímid roimh pháipéir as Gaeilge.

All participants must be members of the American Conference for Irish Studies. Presenters will have the option to pre-record their presentations or deliver them live via our conference platform, to be hosted by Abbey Conference & Events. Live Q & A sessions will be included in each panel or roundtable session, moderated by members of ACIS.

Thanks to a grant from Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs, we are able to offer discounted registration rates for this virtual conference: $60 for full-time faculty members and $30 for graduate students, retirees, and adjunct faculty. Registration will open soon. The deadline for all abstract submissions is February 15. If you have any questions about the conference, please contact acis2022@abbey.ie

2021 Conference Keynotes on YouTube