'The Ends of Ireland' 4-7 December 2013

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Global Irish Studies Centre, University of New South Wales

The Global Irish Studies Centre, UNSW, together with the Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand, is pleased to announce a major international conference for Irish Studies.

We welcome proposals for papers, panels and seminars on all the many implications and meanings of the 'Ends of Ireland', temporal, physical and theoretical. We also welcome proposals on any aspect of Irish Studies from across the arts, humanities and social sciences including, but not limited to, history, politics, literary studies, sociology, geography, film and media, cultural studies and anthropology. Comparative and crossover papers, panels and seminars, drawing on cognate areas and disciplines, are also encouraged.

Individual papers should take no more than 20-25 minutes to present and will be followed by questions from the audience. A title and short abstract of 300 words should be submitted by email with the speaker's name, institutional affiliation (if any), mailing address, phone and email address, and a short biographical paragraph.

Panels of three of four presenters addressing a shared theme are especially encouraged. Such panels tend to have more focus and direction than those made up of unrelated papers.
Proposals for panels must be submitted via email and must include: a title and maximum 500-word abstract, organizer's name, institutional affiliation (if any), mailing address, phone, and e-mail address, the chair's name, institutional affiliation, and contact information (if you do not identify a chair, we will locate one for you) and panelists' names, paper titles, institutional affiliations, and contact information, together with short biographical paragraphs for all speakers.

If a panel exceeds three of four speakers, delegates may choose to propose a seminar, in which up to 10 delegates can participate. Participants write brief 'position papers' (5-7 pages) that are circulated and read prior to the conference. Seminars generate lively exchange and often facilitate future collaborations. The format also allows a larger number of conference attendees to seek financial support from their institutions.
Please note that this is the call for seminar leaders and proposals. A proposal can include the topic for a seminar, some initial participants, and can call on other delegates to participate in the seminar over the coming months.
Seminar proposals must be submitted via email and must include the name, institutional affiliation (if any), mailing address, phone and e-mail address of any agreed participants. Seminars need not be as specific as papers, but a brief description (up to 200 words) of the proposed topic should be included together with biographical details of agreed participants.
Topics related to the conference theme are especially welcome in panels and seminars, but this should not be seen as exclusive. Workable panel and seminar topics might include, for example, the 'Irish in New South Wales', 'the Future of Irish Studies', 'Ireland and Modernism'.

Proposals for papers and panels should be sent via email to isaanzconference2013@unsw.edu.au before the deadline of 17 May 2013; proposals for seminars must reach the same address by the earlier date of 19 April 2013.

For more information, see http://isaanzconf2013.arts.unsw.edu.au/