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“From Local Ireland to Global Ireland: the Reality Beyond”

University of Alcalá, 28-30 May 2009

The Spanish Association for Irish Studies (AEDEI) is pleased to announce
the organization of its VIII International Conference, which will be
convened by the English Department at the University of Alcalá.

Call for papers:
The traditional and often uncontested image of an Ireland governed by
local interests has, in the last decades, been replaced by its
recognition as a global country inimical to the romanticised rurality of
its past. The economic boom that led the nation to an unprecedented â€"
though unequally sharedâ€" prosperity has also brought new concerns and
uncertainties, mostly related to questions of identity. However, more
than ever, the concepts of locality and globality, being ample, diverse
and stretching, have turned into complementary expansions of each other.
For, while the local is said to be framed within the global, this one re-
inscribes the peculiarities of the former. Ireland thus can be read as
an “in-between” space where the articulation of a “glocal” site appears
as an apt expression to describe the sudden social, demographic,
economic, political, and cultural changes affecting the country. Bearing
these premises in mind, we welcome papers that will tackle questions
related to notions of identity, nationality, fluidity or the intersection
between the local and the global, among other aspects such as:

- What do we include within the confines of Irish literature?
- Is there (dis)continuity from the local to the universal in Irish
- How true is Declan Kiberd assertion that “the cult of the local
is probably a panic reaction to the forces of globalisation”?
- How has Ireland accommodated change and diversity?
- Has multiculturalism been implanted in the different realms of
Irish society?

We invite papers for a twenty-minute delivery, in English or Spanish,
which might approach the main theme of the conference from an array of
theoretical frameworks and fields of knowledge: linguistic, literary,
historical, sociological, gendered, cultural, musical or visual.

Confirmed plenary speakers:
- Ruth Barton (Trinity College Dublin)
- Margaret Kelleher (NUI Maynooth)

Confirmed keynote writers:
- Deirdre Madden
- Mary O’Donnell

- Marisol Morales Ladrón (
- Juan F. Elices Agudo (

Submission of proposals:
Abstracts of around 250 words should be e-mailed to Juan F. Elices or,
alternatively, to Marisol Morales by Friday 6 March, 2009. For reasons of
homogeneity, please complete the filling form that that has been designed
for the purpose and send it as an attached document.

Please, do not hesitate to contact any of the organisers for whatever
query you may have.

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