CFP: [International] CFP: Neither Here Nor There: Writing the Irish Diaspora

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Heather Goggans

Call for Papers
Neither Here Nor There: Writing the Irish Diaspora
University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland
31st Octâ€"1st Nov 2008

Emigration has been central to modern Irish history and society, yet the
writing of emigrant experiences over the past two centuries is only
beginning to be constituted as a vitally important field of enquiry within
Irish Studies. This conference, specifically convened to discuss literary
and cultural constructions of the Irish diaspora, marks a milestone in this

Plenary Speakers include:
Prof. Marjorie Howes, Boston College
Dr. Breda Gray, University of Limerick
Prof. Eithne Luibhéid, University of Arizona

Conference panels will address the rich heritage of creative expressions
of, and responses to, Irish emigrant lives, including those found in
fiction, poetry, drama, autobiography, and memoir, as well as popular forms
and visual culture. We shall also attend to the theoretical frameworks
within which diaspora has to date been framed and discussed, focusing in
particular on Irish diasporic theory and criticism. Some panels will
develop critical and/or literary-historical discussions of Irish writers
and writings of emigration and diaspora; others may concentrate on
theoretical approaches and on the many other methodological questions
arising in this field, where primary source material can itself be formally
and/or thematically disparate.

Specific questions such as the following might be addressed:
How has the Irish diaspora been constructed and imagined within Irish
How has it appeared in the received canonical texts of Irish literary history?
How have homeland/diaspora relations been reflected in or shaped by this
In what ways has Irish cultural production more generally been influenced
by emigrant texts and discourses?
How has women’s writing reconfigured received ideas about the Irish
emigrant experience?
How have Irish emigration writings been gendered?
How have textual constructions of the ‘Irish diaspora’ changed in more
recent times, with growing and altering transnational and global connections?
Queer Migrations: how might recent work by and about LGBTQ migrants
challenge traditional textual constructions of the Irish diasporic subject?
How do concepts of migration, diaspora and the transnational move between
political/social science discourses and literary/cultural texts?

Conference Organisers:
Dr. Tina O’Toole, University of Limerick
Dr. Kathryn Laing, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
Dr. Caoilfhionn Ní Bheachain, University of Limerick

Deadline for abstracts: 30th June 2008
Abstracts should be approximately 250-300 words. Abstracts and queries to:
Yvonne O’Keeffe, Department of Languages & Cultural Studies, University of

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