[UPDATE] ACIS Midwest Regional Conference (Deadline: September 6, 2013)

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American Conference for Irish Studies
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acismidwest@gmail.com

The 37th annual ACIS Midwest Regional Conference in Iowa City (October 10-12, 2013) welcomes proposals for papers on any and all topics related to Irish studies – from new and existing ACIS members, alike. You can join ACIS here. The conference theme of “Other Irelands” considers all disciplines and approaches as warranted in our continued explication of Irish studies. Some of the many, many topics papers might address include:

• Immigration, emigration and the changing face of racism
• Architectural developments beyond the thatched cottage or Georgian houses
• The social and economic impacts of the Celtic Tiger’s rise and fall
• Literary evolutions in 21st century Ireland
• Digital landscapes and historical Ireland

For proposing an individual paper (twenty minutes in length), please submit the following information in a PDF:

Name, academic affiliation, title of paper, a 250 word abstract

Proposals should be submitted by no later than 6 September 2013 to conference director Tom Keegan at: acismidwest@gmail.com

Keynote Speakers

The conference organizers are pleased to announce that Dr. Stephanie Rains of NUI Maynooth and Dr. Matthew Jockers of the University of Nebraska will deliver keynote addresses this year. Dr. Rains will deliver the 2013 Lawrence MacBride Memorial Lecture at 6PM on Thursday, October 10th. Dr. Rains is the programme coordinator for NUI Maynooth’s BA in Media Studies. Her most recent work, Commodity Culture and Social Class in Dublin 1850-1916 (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2010), addresses the transformation of Irish society and commerce in the nineteenth century as well as the “changing conceptions of shopping as a social or political practice.” Her talk, “‘Get On, or Get Out!’: Publishing, Class and Social Aspiration in Edwardian Ireland” will explore the “other Ireland” of the lower-middle class.

Dr. Jockers will speak on Saturday, October 12th. Dr. Jockers is Assistant Professor of English and Faculty Fellow in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska. His research is focused on computational approaches to the study of literature, especially large collections of literature. His publications include Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History (UIUC Press 2013), as well as essays on computational text analysis, authorship attribution, Irish and Irish-American literature, and a co-authored amicus brief defending the fair and transformative use of digital text. By mining a corpus of 3,500 works of 19th century fiction, Jockers offers a macroscale view of Ireland as it is represented in the literary imagination of English, Irish, and American authors. In his talk, “Other Irelands: A Macroanalysis,” Jockers employs tools and techniques from corpus linguistics, text-mining, information retrieval, natural language processing and machine learning in order to identify and study how the appearance of Ireland in fiction is correlated with specific themes and specific sentiments. He will show how these correlations fluctuate over time, across nationalities, and in relation to author gender. By exposing these persistent links between setting, theme, and affect, his work ultimately charts the ways in which Ireland is constructed, or ‘invented,’ within the larger literary imagination of the century.

Hotel Info

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at The Iowa House Hotel for $85 per night. The cost includes free parking and internet. The Iowa House Hotel is located in the Iowa Memorial Union where the meeting will be held. Please call 319-335-3513 and indicate that you are attending the American Conference for Irish Studies to receive the conference rate. The cut-off date for reservations is September 10th.

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