ACIS Midatlantic (Riverdale, NY) Interrogating the Urban: Irish cities, cultures and identities (9/30 to 10/1)

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American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) midatlantic regional conference

ACIS Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, 2011, INTERROGATING THE URBAN: Irish cities, cultures and identities. September 30th and October 1, 2011. Manhattan College. Riverdale, NY.

We invite you to join us at the ACIS Mid-Atlantic regional conference at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. In what ways do Irish urban spaces and urban concerns shape national policy or culture in Ireland? How does Irish urban geography, or the representation of it (in film, fiction, poetry and popular culture), inform our positions as scholars of Irish history, literature, and identity?

The 2011 ACIS mid-atlantic conference invites submissions that focus on how the urban site has historically engaged the complexity of Irish culture in relation to either economics, literature, secularization and globalization. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

The Queen's recent visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland
Borders and Boundaries
Contested sites and liminal spaces
The Irish neighborhood at home and abroad Immigration and the changing city
The city as alternative space
The rural/urban divide
Literary and visual representations of Irish cities
Representations of city life in mass media
Urban planning and the Irish city

Both individual papers and panel submissions (3-4 participants) are welcomed, as are proposals for presentations in non traditional formats (posters, performances, exhibits.

Please send proposals of approximately 350 words by August 10th to Deirdre O'Leary, Ph.D. at For further information, visit the conference website at: ( The website will be regularly updated. Contact: Deirdre O'Leary Department of English Manhattan College 4513 Manhattan College Parkway Riverdale, NY 10471