Irish Migrant Adaptations: Memory, Performance and Place (Deadline March 31st 2015)

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Jason King, NUI Galway, Charlotte McIvor, NUI Galway, Matthew Spangler, San Jose State University
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Irish Migrant Adaptations:
Memory, Performance and Place

The collection seeks to explore how immigration to Ireland has redefined perceptions of Irish communities and localities, performance traditions, and patterns of remembrance in the period between the mid-1990s and the present. Specifically, this collection will examine how adaptation, in its broadest sense, has been used as an avenue and strategy for cultural change.

We invite contributors to consider adaptation in the context of theatre performance, film, and literature, as well as other types of non-theatrical performances of cultural memory, such as parades, rituals, re-enactments of history, performances of everyday life, and performances of place. By definition, adaptation involves the juxtaposition of a past with a present – the recollection and representation of past events in light of a current moment. More broadly, adaptation has been used by migrant communities in Ireland and beyond as a strategic process by which received cultural hallmarks, memories, norms, and values are adapted in light of migrants' self-images,
which adjust to the host culture in turn.

Contributions are welcome that examine how transnational migrant communities in Ireland have used adaptation to carve spaces for their self-perceptions within and against dominant narratives of Irish culture and identity. The book will consider adaptation in a variety of performance contexts, including, but not limited to, theatrical performance, performances of everyday life, performances of place, performances of display, ritual, parades, and re-enactments of cultural and historical memory. In short, the book will consider topics related to Irish interculturalism, transnational migration, and adaptation in theatrical and non-theatrical contexts.

Please send a draft title and 500 word abstract by March 31st 2015 to:

Jason King
NUI Galway

Charlotte McIvor
NUI Galway

Matthew Spangler
San Jose State University