CFP: Irish Studies: Geographies and Genders (11/15/05; Southern ACIS, 2/23-2/26/06)

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Marti D. Lee
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American Conference for Irish Studies
2006 Southern Regional Conference
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
February 23-26, 2006

The University of South Carolina will host the 2006 Southern Regional
Conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies in Columbia, SC,
February 23-26, 2006. Special guests will include poets Eavan Boland and Vona
Groarke. Some sessions will be held in conjunction with the USC Women's
Studies conference on "Transnational Feminisms."

The organizers welcome proposals by November 15, 2005 for papers and panels
that explore any dimension of Irish Studies (multi-genre, multi-disciplinary,
and multi-media presentations encouraged), but particularly on topics
addressing the conference theme "Geographies and Genders." How does geography
inform our perceptions of Irish identity in politics, literature, and
popular culture? How does gender inform our perceptions of Irish identity in
politics, literature, and popular culture? How do geography and gender
intersect in Irish culture and history?

Possible topics may include:
• geographical and/or gendered representations of identity and nation
• borders, separation, border crossings: north/south, rural/urban,
public private, modernity/post-modernity, male/female
• maps, cartography, topography, borders, surveys, passports, rites of passage
• portrayals of gender in popular culture, media, and/or literature; Ireland
as mother or lover, land as female; Acts of Union and acts of union, marriage,
divorce; partition and parturition, reproduction, laws governing sexual
expression or reproduction
• geographies of gender and sexual identity, gender and space; hedge schools,
laundries, camps, train stations, cottages, confessionals, bogs, wells, noises
from the woodshed
• geographies of cultural and identity, diasporas, immigration, emigration,
Gaeltachts; landscapes of famine, memorials, graveyards, memory and social

Please send queries and abstracts (no more than 250 words) by email to: or

Hard copies may be mailed to:
Ed Madden
Department of English
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208
(803) 777-2171

Deadline for proposals: November 15, 2005

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