ACIS 2020
April 1-4, 2020

Borders, Borderlands and Bridges

View of Houston skyline from University of St. Thomas - Houston - American Conference for Irish StudiesThe 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 JusticeSarah 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.

We encourage all delegates to register by February 1st. After February 15th, a late penalty of $25 will be applied.

Registration Rates:
Regular: $225
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
  • Migration
  • Globalization
  • Empire, imperialism, colonialism
  • Brexit
  • 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. 

We welcome you to Houston, Texas, the fourth-largest and most diverse city in the United States. Renowned architect Philip Johnson designed our University of St. Thomas campus and its striking Chapel of St. Basil.  

UST is located in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, a mecca of art, culture, restaurants and nightlife. We’re also just steps away from Houston’s Museum District, home to almost 20 museums, and a short walk from the Rothko Chapel and The Menil Collection.

Houston offers many beautiful parks and bayous, running and walking trails filled with towering old oak trees and pine trees, spring flowers and blooming plants, and outdoor and indoor dining of every kind.

You also can catch a Houston Astros baseball game. All games are played at Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston.