ACIS/CAiS conference UCD June 2014

Posted: May 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

The 2014 Conference sessions will begin at 9:00 am on Wednesday, 11 June; the final paper will end at 5:00 pm on Saturday, 14 June.

Early check-in will be open on the afternoon of Tuesday, 10 June, for pre-conference workshops.the conference will take place at UCD’s Belfield Campus, situated 4km south of Dublin city centre.  The primary venue is the O’Brien Centre  for Science (East), with receptions and conference dinner to be held in neighbouring O’Reilly Hall.

The conference theme of Irish Studies in an international context has attracted an exceptionally varied and wide-ranging programme of panels and papers and provides eloquent testimony of a subject that is both consolidating its core strengths and breaking into new areas of enquiry. In any year, the number of contributions on the poetry of Seamus Heaney would be high; but in this year of grievous loss it is even higher; and we know that Seamus will be talked about as much off the platform as on it. The committee wishes to dedicate this conference to Seamus Heaney, to his personal memory and to his great legacy.

ACIS/CAiS are happy to say that the newly appointed Ireland Professor of Poetry, Paula Meehan, will be giving a reading, as will two of Ireland’s greatest writers, Frank McGuinness and Joseph O’Connor. The readings are only one part of the full and varied programme which will take place over the four days as over 500 speakers examine where Ireland fits into wider cultural, socio-economic and historical patterns.

ACIS/CAiS hope for sunny weather in which you can avail of some of UCD’s newer walkways and view some of the more recent state-of-the-art developments, such as the O’Brien Centre for Science and the Sutherland School of Law. The centre of Dublin is only a ten-minute bus ride away, where a series of small-group workshops in Dublin’s libraries and archives will be held.

The conference is drawing not only from across the Atlantic but also from around the island; and provides a rare opportunity for meetings and exchanges. We hope the outcome of the week will be both professionally and personally rewarding, one which in turn will spark fresh developments in the field of Irish Studies in the coming years.

Pre-Conference Events
 Annual Conference - 11 to 14 June 2014 University College Dublin
We are delighted to offer pre-conference workshops and visits to libraries and archives. 
These events include talks by specialist librarians, archivists and experts and are free for 
delegates who have registered for the conference. 
Booking: Numbers are limited and pre-booking is essential. 
Event times: Apart from the Early Career Workshop and the Irish University Review launch 
all other events will begin at 2pm or later. Specific times will be announced soon. The Irish 
University Review (Special Issue on Brendan Behan) will be launched at 6 pm.

Conference Programme

unfortunately, the conference dinner has been cancelled.The 2014 Joint Conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies and the Canadian Association for Irish Studies/L’Association Canadienne d’Études Irlandaises is organised by Professor Mary E. Daly, Professor Máire Ní Annracháin, Professor Anthony Roche, Dr Malcolm Sen, and Dr Marc Caball. for up up to date infomation about the conference vist or email

An interesting preconference event

National Library of Ireland
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Master Class on the Joseph Holloway Collection with
Professor Charles Barr (Royal Irish Academy Library). Venue: Seminar Room,
National Library of Ireland.

The diaries of Joseph Holloway, held in over 200 volumes, constitute a remarkable
resource for students of Dublin life and culture; more than diaries, they incorporate
letters, press cuttings, and other ephemera. A professional architect who designed
the Abbey Theatre, Holloway was for many years also a film censor, a National
Gallery Board member, a lifelong theatregoer and a gossipy networker. The
workshop will give access to a selection of Holloway’s pages, including material on
his culturally sensitive role as a film censors in the early days of the Irish Free State.
To register for this event please email with the code NLI-JHC in
the subject field.




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