CAIS 2012: Ottawa!


Important information about CAIS 2012 at the University of Ottawa, including registration, guest speakers, accommodations, and more will be constantly updated here. Check in often.



CAIS 2012 – Cultures and Contexts in Ireland’s Diasporas

This year Ottawa is hosting for the third time the CAIS/ACEI annual conference, to be held at the University of Ottawa from June 20 to 23. Centrally located, the University is near the Byward Market with its many restaurants and pubs, and close to such major tourist attractions as Parliament Hill and the UNESCO world heritage site Rideau Canal. Thanks to the hospitality of Ambassador Ray Bassett there will be a reception at the Irish Embassy on Wednesday evening. Music and readings by local authors of Irish origin will be held on Thursday and Friday evenings and the banquet will be held on Saturday evening at the Irish Cultural Centre in the former St. Brigid’s Church. As per CAIS tradition the banquet will conclude with entertainment provided by conference attendees so anyone who can play an instrument or carry a note is welcome to participate.

Guest Speakers

Cecil Houston is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of  Windsor. Well known to CAIS members, he has agreed to deliver the second annual Mariana O’Gallagher lecture, named in honour of our late colleague and friend who was a passionate pioneer of the study of the Irish in Quebec. He is the co-author with William J. Smyth of two of the seminal books on the Irish in Canada, The Sash Canada Wore: a historical geography of the Orange Order in Canada and Irish Emigration and Canadian Settlement: patterns,links, and letters.

Kerby Miller is the Curator’s Professor at the University of Missouri. He has authored a number of major works on Irish immigration to North America. Ireland and Irish America: Culture, Class, and Transatlantic Migration is a collection of essays spanning the range of his career. Irish Immigrants in the land of Canaan: Letters and Memoirs from Colonial and Revolutionary America, 1675-1815 won the James S. Donnelly Sr. prize, presented by the American Conference for Irish Studies for books on history and the social sciences. Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America won awards for the best book in American social history and the best book in American immigration and ethnic history; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History.

Maria Eugenia Cruset is Chair of the Irish Lecture at the National University of La Plata in Argentina and Director of the Migration Network at Santiago de Chile University in Chile. She is an expert on the Irish diaspora in South America. She has recently edited a collection entitled Migration and New International Actors: An Old Phenomenon Seen With New Eyes, which includes two of her own papers on the Irish diaspora. Her other publications include Diplomacia de las Naciones sin Estado y de los Estados sin Nacion: Argentina e Irlanda: Una Vision Comparativa.



On campus – residence 90 University

$115.00 including breakfast



phone: 613 562-5885


There are a number of hotels within a 10-15 minute walk of the campus.

Novotel - $150.00

33 Nicholas St.


Online and phone reservations will be accepted from 03/16/2012. Rooms at special conference rate MUST be booked BEFORE May 21st.

A dedicated booking website has been created for our event so CAIS guests will be able to make, modify and cancel their hotel reservations online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel. Please use web link below for special CAIS rates.

To preview the website, please click the following link:

phone: 613 230-3033


Les Suites – from $174.00

130 Besserer St. Please go to weblink below for special CAIS rates and quote the password:

Password: CAIS0620

phone: 613 232-2000


Quality Hotel Downtown - $169.00

290 Rideau St.


phone: 613  789-7511


Swiss Hotel – from $128.00

89 Daly Ave.


phone: 1-888-663-0000


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