CFP: [General] Enabling/Disabling Ireland: ACIS regional conference

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Ken Monteith
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ACIS (American Conference for Irish Studies) Mid-Atlantic Regional conference

Enabling/Disabling Ireland: Law, Literature, Politics, and Historical Change.

When the Republic of Ireland joined the European Union in 1973, the nation was required to
enact human rights legislation ensuring equal protection and equal access for all its citizens. As
such, this legislation focused attention on the various ways Ireland enables and supports its
citizens. This conference investigates the various ways Irish culture, literature, law and society
enable identity and politics. We seek to examine both the positive and negative aspects of
enabling, raising the following questions: In what ways does literature empower, or reinforce,
issues of social identity? How might historical events and practices be seen through the lens of
enabling? What effect does legislation have on altering the social perceptions of disabled
individuals or even political identity? In what ways do nostalgia, historical perspective, or social
critique serve as enablers, or negative influences, perpetuating stereotypes? How might global
forcesâ€"multinational capital, transnational human rights movements, supra-state mechanisms
â€"shape and be shaped by Irish constructions of disability? How might projections of Irish
identity seek healing for the disenfranchised or offer succor to those in need?

Abstracts of no more than 250 words to Ken Monteith by August 15, 2008.

Although the conference does have the above theme, other topics are welcome. The conference
will take place from October 10-11, 2008 at LaGuardia Community College. Part of the City
University of New York, LaGuardia Community College boasts one of the most diverse student
bodies in the nation and was recognized as one of the top three community colleges in the
United States. A pioneer in e-Portfolio and collaborative teaching practices, LaGuardia not only
serves the borough of Queens and the greater New York metropolitan area, but also stands as
the world’s community college, with over 15000 full-time students enrolled, originating from
more than 160 different countries.

LaGuardia Community College is located 15 minutes away from Grand Central Station and is
easily accessible from all major airports.

Send abstracts to:

Ken Monteith
Department of English
LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue, Room E-103
Long Island City, NY 11101

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When e-mailing your abstract, please include your last name and a condensed topic title in your
subject heading.

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