The Global Irish Studies Centre, UNSW, is pleased to announce a major international conference for Irish Studies.

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Based in Sydney, a city that was an ‘end’ for many generations of Irish emigrants, this twentieth conference of the Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand welcomes proposals on all aspects of Irish Studies, but especially those that address the broad conference theme, ‘The Ends of Ireland’.

The conference aims to interrogate the many implications and meanings of Ireland’s ‘ends’, temporal, physical and theoretical. For example:

The notion of terminus, finish or closure:

  • the ending of the Troubles
  • the collapse of the Celtic Tiger
  • the undoing of the dominance of Catholicism in Ireland

The concept of remnant or remainder:

  • commemoration and memory
  • a decade of centenaries: War, Rising and the founding of the Irish Free State
  • recording the past: Irish historiography
  • writing the Irish story: literary ‘ends’

Borders, real and imagined:

  • partition
  • globalisation and cultural exchange
  • emigration and immigration
  • the Irish diaspora
  • settler-host relationships, in Australia and other diasporic destinations

The idea of purpose, point or aim:

  • Irish Studies: the future of the discipline
  • the Irish ‘nation’ past and present
  • C21 Ireland: new beginnings, objects and aspirations

The organisers welcome proposals for papers and panels on Irish Studies from across the arts, humanities and social sciences including, but not limited to, history, politics, literary studies, sociology, geography, film and media, cultural studies and anthropology. Comparative and crossover papers and panels, drawing on cognate areas and disciplines, are also encouraged.

Individual Papers

Individual papers should take no more than 20 minutes to present and will be followed by questions from the audience. A title and short abstract of 300 words should be submitted by email with the speaker’s name, institutional affiliation (if any), contact details, and a short biographical paragraph.


Panels of three of four presenters addressing a shared theme are especially encouraged. Workable panel topics might include, for example, ‘The Irish in New South Wales’, ‘Commemoration and the Uses of Irish History’, ‘Ireland and Modernism’.

Proposals for panels must be submitted via email and must include: a title and maximum 500-word abstract, organiser’s name, institutional affiliation (if any) and contact details, panelists' names, paper titles, institutional affiliations and contact information, and short biographical paragraphs for all speakers.

Proposals for papers and panels should be sent via email to by 30 August 2013.


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