The UST William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies is proud to host the 2020 American Conference for Irish Studies international conference from April 1-4, 2020, in Houston, Texas, at the JW Marriott by the Galleria. Suggested travel dates are March 31 and April 5, 2020.
We are pleased to announce that Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, will be our Keynote Speaker. Her presentation will be: From Peace Building through Human Rights to Climate Justice. Sarah Townsend of the University of New Mexico Irish Studies Program will present What’s New about the New Irish? Race, Whiteness, and Immigration in Ireland and Irish America.
The final deadline for conference proposals is Friday, December 1, 2019.
Graduate Students: $150
Please book your room at the JW Marriott by the Galleria, the conference hotel, for your convenience and to help us fill our special conference reduced rate room block. All keynote, plenary and panel sessions will be held in the conference hotel. The deadline for booking at the conference hotel reduced nightly rate of $159 plus taxes is March 10, 2020.
The theme of this conference is Borders, Borderlands and Bridges, pertinent 100 years after the 1920 Government of Ireland Act, which set forth legislation for partitioning the island of Ireland. Contemporary global discourse on borders and bridges adds further significance to the theme.
The conference committee welcomes paper, panel and roundtable proposals that address any aspect of Irish Studies, including literary, historical, political, socio-economic, cultural and visual arts. Possible topics include:
- Revolutionary Ireland
- The Northern Ireland Conflict
- Peace studies
- Border communities
- Empire, imperialism, colonialism
- The Irish in America and around the world
We look forward to exploring these topics and more in this multidisciplinary event. All conference presenters and attendees must be current paid members of ACIS.