CFP: [Ethnic] Irish Studies

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Meg Tyler
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Call for Papers: NEACIS 2008, “Marvels and Monuments”

The 2008 meeting of the New England Region of the American Conference for
Irish Studies ( will take place at
Boston University (College of General Studies) on Saturday, November 8th,

In ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ (1927), an older Yeats writes wistfully of the
preoccupations of the young:

Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unageing intellect.

Whether the “marvels” in our conference title refer to the focus of
artists or philosophers and the “monuments” to historical occasions, the
relationship between the terms reminds us of scholarship and the practice
of Irish Studies more generally. In this year’s conference, we hope to be
both reflective and prospective. We will attend to Irish literary and
historical preoccupations with both the marvelous and the monumental,
including but not limited to the marvelous in art, literature, and
philosophy, and the monumental in all its meanings, including
commemoration of the personal and the historical, and the permanence or
impermanence of the ‘unageing intellect’ in cultural scholarship. We will
have an opportunity to encourage commitment to and further the aims of
Irish Studies as a discipline, while asking where Irish Studies is
heading. The conference organizers are calling for 20-minute
contributions on any aspect connected with or suggested by the conference
theme, and 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.


Please e-mail paper and/or panel proposals (300-400 words) to Meg Tyler
( by August 20th, 2008. 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.

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