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    Irish Theatrical Diaspora: NUI Galway, 17-18 April 2009

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    “Irish Theatre: the Local and the Global” is the theme of the 2009 Irish Theatrical Diaspora Conference, which will be held on 17-18 April 2009 at NUI, Galway.

    The Irish Theatrical Diaspora develops and co-ordinates research on the production of Irish drama in its local, national and international contexts. The project defines “Irish drama” as all theatrical performances within the island of Ireland, and any theatrical performances outside the country involving Irish-born personnel or having substantial Irish content”.

    This is the sixth annual conference hosted by the ITD. The keynote address, “The Spaces of Irish Theatre”, will be delivered by Christopher Morash of NUI Maynooth.

    The conference is funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Registration is free but places are limited.

    See the timetable and registration information at the Irish Theatrical Diaspora website.

    “North by North West”: U of Ulster, 3-6 Sept 2009

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    The Institute of Ulster Scots Studies has issued the following call for papers:

    North by North West:  An International Conference
    3rd -6th Sept 2009

    Description: We invite proposals for papers exploring themes that will examine the Maritime history of Ulster from 1599-2009 focusing in particular the Port of Derry/Londonderry as a ‘Gateway to the Atlantic’. The conference will be hosted by the Institute of Ulster Scots Studies.

    The themes of the conference are Environmental & Archaeological history, Military & Port Fortifications of Loughs Foyle & Swilly, Merchants & Traders in 18th & 19th century Ulster & Scotland, Ulster & the Atlantic World, Shipbuilders & Shipping Lines, From Here to  Wherever, emigration from NorthWest Ulster.

    Paper proposals should indicate under which theme they wish to
    be considered. Conference proceedings will be published.

    Conference organisers
    : Sally Halliday M.Phil & Dr Billy Kelly

    Venue: University of Ulster, Magee Campus

    Contact: Sally Halliday at

    Tel: 02871375098

    Sally Halliday M.Phil
    Institute of Ulster Scots Studies
    Room MI021
    Aberfoyle House
    Northland Road
    BT48 9JL

    Submission date for papers: 18th May 2009

    “Migrating Minds”, University of Aberdeen, 14-15 May 2009

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    “Migrating Minds: Imagined Journeys – Imagined Homecomings” will be the topic of a conference hosted in May at the AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen. The conference will take place alongside the Aberdeen WORD Festival.

    Organisers say:

    Literature (both fiction and non-fiction), personal journals and correspondence, and art enable us to explore the impact that journeys and homecomings have had on Irish and Scottish imaginations. Irish and Scottish migrants, as well as those who sought to understand, interpret and exploit the experience of migration, participated in the production and circulation of these accounts and images both at home and abroad. As such, they form an important dimension to any understanding of the Irish and Scottish diasporas. With this in mind, we seek to investigate the idea of migration as a series of narratives and rhetorical tropes that develop over time.

    Selected proceedings will be published in the Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies.

    Related links:

    “New Irish, Old Ireland”: ACIS, NUI Galway. June 2009

    Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

    The American Conference for Irish Studies 2009 event will be hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI, Galway. It will be called “New Irish, Old Ireland: The same people living in the same place”. The conference will be held from the 10-13 June.

    The call for papers has been released. Here is the text:

    Through the process of inward migration, Ireland has in recent years witnessed unparalleled mobility of people moving into Irish space. New Irish, Old Ireland, will explore the dynamics of immigration and settlement and their implications for the construction of Irish identities.
    Thematically, papers might address issues such as: who are the ‘new Irish’; how are concepts of nationality and belonging redefined within new and established communities; how are concepts of ‘people’, ‘place’ and ‘home’ constructed, imagined and remembered.

    Papers might also address issues such as migration and the Irish Travelling Community; language and translation; exile, asylum and economic migration; the local and the global; contact zones, spaces and frontiers; diaspora communication networks; ethnicity and multiculturalism.

    We invite conceptual, comparative, or locally focused contributions to a wide-ranging discussion of the migrant experience in Ireland/Irish society, past and present.We welcome papers by scholars working across the full range of disciplines related to Irish Studies, and papers from emerging research areas are especially welcome.

    Abstract Submission:

    Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes. Please send an abstract, of not more than 200 words to: before 1 December 2008.

    Conference Website:

    For more information on the Centre for Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway, see:

    Literature of Irish Exile: Ulster-American Folk Park, 18 October 2008

    Thursday, September 11th, 2008

    The Ninth  Literature of Irish Exile
    Autumn School
    Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh
    Saturday, 18 October 2008

    The focus of the Literature of Irish Exile Autumn School, now in its ninth year, remains on how emigrants from Ireland have given expression in words to feelings of exile. Part of the programme will take place in the stimulating setting of the Outdoor Museum of the Ulster-American Folk Park. The rest will be in the warmth of the library of the Centre for Migration Studies. The aim is to give members of the public a friendly opportunity to meet and mix with experts on some of the less well-known aspects of ‘exile’ in Irish literature.


    Karen Corrigan is Professor of Linguistics and English Language at Newcastle University. She has been researching the interaction between Irish, English and Early Modern varieties of English/Scots in Ireland. Additionally, she has been engaged in exploring the interrelationship between language and migration to the United States during the post-famine period in Ireland.

    Her new research project, which is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, focuses on Northern Irish English (NIrE). Like Welsh English and Highland English in Scotland, it was initially learned as a second language. Professor Corrigan’s talk will demonstrate that this scenario arose from the region’s colonization by speakers of English/Scots dialects, beginning in the Middle Ages & reaching a peak during what is termed ‘The Plantation Period’ of Irish history.

    If you are interested in learning more about the migration of language and why the peoples of Northern Ireland speak the way they do, Professor Corrigan’s lecture is for you.

    Read more about Professor Corrigan.

    Patrick Fitzgerald is Lecturer and Development Officer at the Centre for Migration Studies and Brian Lambkin is Director of the Centre for Migration Studies. Their presentations in the afternoon session are designed to introduce the two sections of illustrations in Migration in Irish History, 1607-2007 (Palgrave Macmillan) due to be published in October 2008.

    Visit the Centre for Migration Studies’ website.

    “Women Religious and the Political World”. Galway, August 2008

    Thursday, July 31st, 2008

    In 2008, the Historians of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland (H-WRBI) will hold their fifth annual conference: WOMEN RELIGIOUS AND THE POLITICAL WORLD.

    This conference will be held on 22nd-23rd August 2008 at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  It will be an exciting programme of medieval, early modern, and modern papers on such themes as:

    • Literary/visual negotiations of contemporary developments
    • Political activism and participation
    • Internal politics of the order
    • Impact of the political world on communities of women religious
    • Missionary work

    For the provisional programme and booking form, please visit:

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