[UPDATE] New Voices 2012: "Legitimate Ireland"

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New Voices in Irish Criticism: "Legitimate Ireland"
19th – 21st April 2012
Institute of Irish Studies
Queen's University, Belfast

From plantations to Grattan's parliament, poitín distillers to the IMF bailout, the Irish have always had a fraught relationship with institutions of political, social and religious power. This raises questions surrounding the legitimacy of performative and systemic aspects of Irishness, which has been and continues to be in flux both north and south of the border.

From both historical and contemporary perspectives, the concept of legitimacy calls for increasingly interdisciplinary responses. This postgraduate and early career researchers conference aims to interrogate the concept of legitimacy surrounding Ireland and Irishness, the representation of which has always implied experiences on the margins of society and the law.

We invite postgraduate and early career researchers from across the humanities and social sciences to challenge received opinion and interpretative impasses through papers including, but not limited to, the following:

• The spaces and places, performances and subversions of Irishness.
• Transgression and informing, surveillance and policing.
• Biopolitics and the regulation of the body and behaviour.
• The representation of gendered and LGBTQ identities.
• The challenges of multiculturalism and diaspora.
• Economic and political accountability.
• The relationship between Church and State.
• Challenges to the established canon.
• The national question from the Act of Union to postnationalism.

We invite abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute presentations. The deadline for abstracts is December 15th 2011. We also intend to host two workshops, for which we invite proposals for possible topics.

Please email us and see our website for more details.