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CfP: Borders and Bridges in Ireland

Tuesday, May 21, 2019   (0 Comments)

The trope of the border is witnessing robust engagement in recent scholarship on Ireland, and from a number of disciplinary perspectives. Borders and bridges, and borders as bridges, are ideas at the fore of Irish consciousness, commentary, and writing today, partly in response to numerous contemporaneous events. The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional meeting of the American Conference of Irish Studies takes these ideas as inspiration.

The theme—IRELAND: Borders | Bridges—is meant to infer all usages and references, all creative, cultural, conceptual, corporeal, theoretical, historical and disciplinary understandings. The border and/as bridge may be interpreted as theme, as history, as Irish political, conceptual or social reality, as real structures or systems, limits or frontiers, as threshold and checkpoint.

We are eager to draw a broad swathe of folks to the meeting, from both in- and outside the region, for the event to represent an inclusive and diverse array of disciplines, research fields, topics and positions, as well as types of session. Papers and panels are invited and encouraged on any area of inquiry in Irish studies. The theme is offered as stimulus and starting point, a way to underline a particular topic of concern across some (but not all) sessions. Interpretations and potential topics run the gamut and might include:

  • Gender, borders, Ireland
  • Irish women and border matters
  • Legal borders and Irish law, Laws as a modality of borders
  • Comparative, world borders and Ireland
  • Provincial borders, County borders
  • Ancient clan borders/county alliances
  • The Pale as border
  • Temporal borders of Ireland and Irishness and Irish history
  • The border of home and world
  • The border of Irish flight/emigration
  • Crossing the Atlantic
  • Postcolonial borders
  • Maps, borders, colonialism and Ireland

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