11th to 13th November 2011 IRELAND AND SCOTLAND - BARRIERS AND BORDERLANDS at Sunderland, UK

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North East Irish Culture Network, with the Scottish Irish Network (SIN) and the Leverhulme Trust

Following the success of the previous eight international Irish Studies conferences, the University of Sunderland, in association with NEICN, invites papers for an interdisciplinary conference, which will run from 11th to 13th November 2011.

The conference organisers hope to represent a wide range of approaches to Irish culture from academics and non¬-academics alike. Performances, roundtables, collaborative projects, and other non¬-traditional presentations are encouraged in addition to conference papers. We welcome both individual submissions and proposals for panels. In connection with the conference theme we welcome submissions for panels and papers based around the often overlapping and interconnected histories and cultures of Ireland and Scotland. Possible themes include, (but are not limited to) :

• Ireland/Scotland in Theory ; Gender and Ireland/Scotland ; Advertising and Commodity Culture in Ireland and/or Scotland ; immigration and emigration ; the Irish/Scottish diasporas ; borderlands and border identities.

Following the interdisciplinary nature of the conference we welcome proposals from the areas of :

• Literature, Performing Arts, History, Politics, Folklore and Mythology, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Tourism, Art and Art History, Music, Dance, Media and Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Celtic Studies and Studies of the Diaspora.

• North American and other international scholars, practitioners in the arts, and postgraduate students are all encouraged to submit proposals to the conference organisers.

Each session will include three or four 20-minute presentations each followed by discussion. A selection of the accepted papers will be subsequently published in the conference proceedings.

The University of Sunderland houses the North East Irish Culture Network, established in 2003 to further the study of Irish Literature and Culture (see www.neicn.com). It has held seven previous conferences. Previous speakers include Terry Eagleton, Robert Welch, Luke Gibbons, Ailbhe Smith, Kevin Barry, Siobhan Kilfeather, Shaun Richards, Lance Pettitt, Stephen Regan, Lord David Puttnam, Andrew Carpenter, John Nash and Willy Maley, with readings from Ciaran Carson Medbh McGuckian, Bernard O'Donoghue and Eilis Ni Dhuibhne.
The conference will also mark the formal conclusion of the Universities of Sunderland and Durham 2008 - 11 Leverhulme Major Research Project, 'Consumer Culture, Advertising and Literature in Ireland 1848-1921' (see www.ccalireland.com) and will feature lectures and presentations arising from the project and an exhibition of historical Irish advertising art.

LENGTH: Papers should not exceed 2,500-3,000 words / 20 minutes' delivery.

Enquiries and submissions (name, affiliation, title of contribution, and abstract of no more than 200 words) should be submitted by 31st August 2011 to:

Mr Colin Younger (NEICN Manager)
E-mail: colin.younger@sunderland.ac.uk

Conference activities will take place at the Chester Road Campus of the University of Sunderland

Registration details, and relevant information on travel arrangements and accommodation will be included in the second CFP.