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    “New Irish, Old Ireland”: ACIS, NUI Galway. June 2009

    By Noreen Bowden | September 23, 2008

    The American Conference for Irish Studies 2009 event will be hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI, Galway. It will be called “New Irish, Old Ireland: The same people living in the same place”. The conference will be held from the 10-13 June.

    The call for papers has been released. Here is the text:

    Through the process of inward migration, Ireland has in recent years witnessed unparalleled mobility of people moving into Irish space. New Irish, Old Ireland, will explore the dynamics of immigration and settlement and their implications for the construction of Irish identities.
    Thematically, papers might address issues such as: who are the ‘new Irish’; how are concepts of nationality and belonging redefined within new and established communities; how are concepts of ‘people’, ‘place’ and ‘home’ constructed, imagined and remembered.

    Papers might also address issues such as migration and the Irish Travelling Community; language and translation; exile, asylum and economic migration; the local and the global; contact zones, spaces and frontiers; diaspora communication networks; ethnicity and multiculturalism.

    We invite conceptual, comparative, or locally focused contributions to a wide-ranging discussion of the migrant experience in Ireland/Irish society, past and present.We welcome papers by scholars working across the full range of disciplines related to Irish Studies, and papers from emerging research areas are especially welcome.

    Abstract Submission:

    Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes. Please send an abstract, of not more than 200 words to: before 1 December 2008.

    Conference Website:

    For more information on the Centre for Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway, see:

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