CFP: [20th] Irish Studies: NEACIS, "The Parish and the Universe"

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CALL FOR PAPERS: The 2007 NEACIS, “The Parish and the Universe”

The 2007 meeting of the New England Region of the American Conference for
Irish Studies ( will take place at the
University of Massachusetts-Boston ( on Saturday, November
10th, 2007.

Building on the 2006 conference hosted by the University of Connecticutâ€"
“Changing Ireland”â€"the 2007 meeting seeks to address post-national,
global, international, and/or cosmopolitan dimensions within Irish Studies
today, though we certainly welcome papers on any topic related to Irish
Studies. The NEACIS is an interdisciplinary conference fostering the
exchange of ideas between scholars working in fields of study ranging from
history, literature, sociology, and linguistics to cultural studies,
musicology, dance, film, anthropology, theater, and political science.

The conference this year aims to explore the diverse articulations and
critical assessments of the pronounced “cosmopolitical bearing” in Irish
Studies today, a contemporary topic very much under discussion in Patrick
Kavanagh’s mid-century essay, “The Parish and the Universe.” Kavanagh’s
distinction between “parochialism” and “provincialism” brings our
attention to where our “eyes [will be] turned” at the conference, towards,
for example, interactions between local culture and imagined global
communities, the Irish region within the European Union, Northern Ireland
and a devolving Great Britain. Following Kavanagh, and by bringing
together a diverse range of scholars, researchers, writers, and students,
the NEACIS will study a range of debates, discussions, critical
frameworks, stories, etc. emerging from our simultaneous and critical gaze
at these various sites.


Please e-mail paper and/or panel proposals (300-400 words) to Matthew
Brown ( by August 20th, 2007. Please include your
proposal in the body of the e-mail and not as a separate attachment.

Please note that all who attend the NEACIS must be members of the ACIS
with dues paid through the end of the year.

If you have further questions about the conference, please contact Matthew
Brown ( or Thomas O’Grady ( in
the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

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