CFP: [International] Nordic Irish Studies Conference, Vaasa, Finland 27/5-30/5/08

full name / name of organization: 
Irene Gilsenan Nordin
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NORDIC IRISH STUDIES CONFERENCE “Place and Space”, 27-30 MAY 2008,


The 6th Biannual Nordic Irish Studies conference is to be held in Vaasa,
Finland, from Tuesday evening, 27th May, to Friday 30th May 2008. The
conference is to be hosted by the Department of English at the modern
campus of the University of Vaasa on the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia on
the west coast of Finland.

While papers may deal with any aspect of Irish studies, we particularly
encourage presentations that address the theme of the conference, PLACE
AND SPACE in the context of Irish culture, and/or treat one or more of
the following themes:
The cultural politics of place
The invention of space
Cross-cultural Encounters
Annihilating space and time
Empty space
 â€˜Every story is a travel story â€" a spatial practice’ (de Certeau)
Ecology and the natural world
Papers will be limited to 20 minutes, with ten minutes for discussion.
Abstracts of up to 300 words, with requests for technical equipment,
should be submitted to the conference website (currently under
construction) at
or to Tiina Mäntymäki ( by (for the nonce) Friday 29
February, 2008. Please give the following details:
Contact details (email or street address)
Telephone no.
Section (see conference themes above)
Title of paper
Special needs (dietary, mobility etc.)

Plenary Speakers
The plenary speakers include the cultural critic Prof. Michael Cronin of
the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City
University, Jyrki Vainonen, translator of Seamus Heaney, the sports and
film critic Seán Crosson (NUI Galway) and the poet and dramatist Paula
Meehan, who will read and talk about her poetry.

Location The conference will be held on the modern campus of the
University of Vaasa on the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia. It is within a
brisk ten minute walk of the city centre where the hotels are located,
and there is a bus connection (location maps are to be found at Vaasa
( is a city of 58,000 inhabitants on the west coast
of Finland. Because of its large Swedish-speaking population, both in the
city and the hinterland, it is the most bilingual city (Finnish-Swedish)
in the country. The Vaasa archipelago has just been designated a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. The end of May is the height of spring in Vaasa,
and usually comfortably warm. Vaasa is statistically Finland’s sunniest
city, but don’t bet on it.

Cost A conference fee of 50 â'¬ for paid-up members of NISN (60â'¬ for
others) will be payable on registration. NISN membership costs 20â'¬ (which
includes the Nordic Irish Studies Journal). There will be an excursion
(extra, about 20â'¬) to parts of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the
Vaasa archipelago.

For further information, contact one of us on the Organising Committee:
Tiina Mäntymäki (
Gerald Porter (
Anne Karhio (

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