Comhfhios Irish Studies Graduate Conference

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Irish Studies at Boston College
contact email: 

Comhfhios Boston College

Other Irelands

February 25-26, 2022

Connolly House, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA


The Irish Studies Graduate Students of Boston College, in conjunction with the Irish Studies Program, are pleased to be hosting the fifth annual Comhfhios Boston College conference. Comhfhios (pronounced “co-is”) meaning “knowledge together,” or “open to all knowledge,” invites emerging scholars in all Irish Studies fields to gather again in Boston. 


Comhfhios 2022 will provide a platform for scholarship that privileges the voices of marginalized groups in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Irish diaspora. At the same time, it will create a space for graduate students and faculty to engage in meaningful discussions about inclusivity both in terms of scholarship and across the academies that constitute Irish studies. This year's theme, “Other Irelands,'' is intended to encourage presentations that challenge, complicate, or even contradict traditional representations of Irishness in literature, drama, and art as well as entrenched understandings of Irish history, culture, and society. 


Papers need not be limited by era nor location, and can pertain to Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the global Irish diaspora from the medieval period to the present. 


Topics within the theme of “Other Irelands” can include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Women, gender, and sexuality

  • Race and racism

  • Immigration/emigration

  • Global diaspora

  • Politics and activism

  • Health and disability

  • Climate change and environmentalism

  • Agriculture and industry

  • Memory, remembering, and trauma

  • Other subaltern narratives

Proposals should be between 200 and 300 words, and presentations will be 15-20 minutes long. Please submit to by December 15, 2021.