CAIS 2011 (Concordia) Call for Papers

Canadian Association for Irish Studies
Annual Conference

Text and Beyond Text in Irish Studies: New Visual,
Material & Spatial Perspectives

School of Canadian Irish Studies
Concordia University, Montreal
6 – 9 July 2011

Organizers: Michael Kenneally and Rhona Richman Kenneally

Initially based primarily on text-based literary and historical investigation, Irish Studies have increasingly been infused by resources and methods derived from other disciplines. Explorations of visual communication, of material culture and the built environment, and of performance generate contrapuntal meanings to be considered alongside textually-derived narratives. Indeed, words (whether sung, spoken or written), aside from their own function and inherent value in history and culture, also serve as conduits to study Irish things, places, and performances.

The premise of this conference is to encourage a flourishing dynamic between the study of text-based materials and that of images, things, sounds, tastes, movement, and other cultural and social markers, as a means of offering new perspectives on Irish Studies. The Canadian Association for Irish Studies, therefore, invites papers on any aspect of these disciplines. Papers are also invited on other topics of interest to members of CAIS.

Please submit your proposal by February 21, 2011 to irishstu@alcor.concordia.ca. Proposals should be 250-500 words in length, and include a brief ( approx. 50 word) bio of the submitter. Please send any questions to the conference e-mail address.

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