Call for Contributions for IMSLA Vol 8, No 3

Call for Contributions

Volume 8, Number 3

Troubles and Riches in the Archives: Writing the histories and stories of the Irish in, and connected to, Latin-America, Spanish-speaking North America, the Caribbean and Iberian Peninsula.

The editors of Irish Migration Studies in Latin America invite submissions for a special issue which may include articles discussing the difficulties encountered in writing in this field, the available sources and the problems accessing them, the political, scholarly, and geographic complications in constructing narratives and analyses as well as other related themes. The issue will focus on the challenges of, and sources for, the growth of the field of Irish Latin American Studies (including Spanish speaking North America, the Iberian peninsula and the Caribbean). It is hoped articles will discuss available archival, literary and other sources, which aid scholars in diverse geographical and historical categories of the discipline. The term archive is defined broadly and includes a variety of sources in general (actual archives, newspapers, literature, private collections, online sources, national government collections, oral histories, the SILAS on line archive…).  The editor Clíona Murphy, and guest editor, Margaret Brehony, are particularly interested in hearing from authors who have already worked extensively in traditional archives that have Irish Latin-American content.  We are also interested in submissions which draw on literature and other non-archival sources, and which enhance our understanding of this field. As well as having articles on archives and sources, it is hoped the issue will have articles that discuss the parameters, theories, and scope of this field (including gender), as well as lists of, and links to, collections in a number of different locations.  There may also be an analysis and catalogue of what is available in the SILAS archives, depending upon availability of person with the expertise to do put it together. All articles will be subject to peer review. Please consult Contributors Guidelines of the journal.

Deadline: July 31, 2013
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Beca San Patricio scholarship, call for applications

Beca San Patricio

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for a postgraduate grant that will enable a student from a university in the Republic of Ireland to undertake postgraduate research in Mexico as part of their current studies OR for a student to register for a programme of postgraduate study in an approved university of their choice in Mexico.

Duration: 6-12 months
Amount: €6,000
Start Date: January 2013
Deadline: Friday September 28th

Application should include:
• CV (3 page maximum)
• Research proposal/project description (1000 words max) The proposal should
include an outline of the methodological framework.
• Academic reference from supervisor or equivalent
• Cover letter
• Evidence of level of proficiency in Spanish
• Dates and places to be visited in Mexico to carry out the research
• University Affiliation in Ireland/Mexico

Five copies of the application should be sent to:
Professor Nuala Finnegan
Centre for Mexican Studies
Department of Hispanic Studies
O’Rahilly Building, Floor 1, Block B
University College Cork

An electronic copy of the application should be sent to: Applications for a postgraduate period of study in Mexico OR for a full programme of study in a Mexican university will be considered. Decisions will be communicated within 6 weeks of receipt of applications. Period of study in Mexico must be completed by December 2013.

‘Judging Eliza: La Reina del Paraguay’ – The Lyric Feature Friday 16th March 2012


‘Judging Eliza: La Reina del Paraguay’ – The Lyric Feature Friday 16th March 2012

How did a young woman from Charleville in Cork become notorious as one of the most wicked women in the world?

In ‘Judging Eliza: La Reina del Paraguay’ documentary maker Susan Cahill tells the incredible story of ‘Madama Lynch’ the Cork born first lady of Paraguay. This unique documentary brings listeners on a fascinating journey through the life and legacy of one of the most infamous women in history featuring unique on-location interviews with Irish, French and Paraguayan historians and commentators.

This colourful Irish Paraguayan documentary explores some of the many monstrous myths on the great Eliza Lynch and explains how a beautiful 19th century Irish courtesan became the largest female landowner in South American history.

‘Judging Eliza: La Reina del Paraguay’ was produced and researched by Susan Cahill with the support of the BAI Sound & Vision Funding Scheme. This documentary will be broadcast on The Lyric Feature, RTE Lyric fm on Friday the 16th of March from 7pm to 8pm to celebrate St Patrick’s Day & the Irish Diaspora in Latin America .

Key Documentary Contributors

  • Ambassador Miguel A Solano López, (Great grandson of Eliza Lynch & Marshal Francisco Solano Lopez) & the current Paraguayan Ambassador to London
  • Guido Rodriguez Alcala, Paraguayan Historian, Poet & Commentator
  • Milda Rivarola , Paraguayan Sociologist, Writer & Feminist
  • Martin Romano Paraguayan Genealogist & Historian
  • Ronan Fanning, Professor Emeritus of Modern History and Director of Archives Acquisitions at UCD & Co Author with Michael Lillis of ‘The Lives of Eliza Lynch – Scandal & Courage’ 2009 Gill & Macmillan
  • Bertrand Fonck, Military Archivist & Historian, Château de Vincennes, Paris , France
  • Philip O Connell, Local Historian & Chairman of Charleville History Society
  • Dr Mary McAuliffe, Lecturer, Women’s Studies Programme, Department of Social Justice, UCD & President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland
  • Kieran Burke, Local Studies Librarian, Cork City Library, Cork

For Further Information, Please contact: Susan Cahill , Producer on or 087-9793732

Eoin Kelly/Olga Buckley, The Lyric Feature, RTE Lyric fm on or Phone: 061-207300

CFP: Caribbean Irish Connections

Caribbean Irish Connections

A multidisciplinary conference and workshop, Barbados Nov 16-17 2012 Organisers: Alison Donnell (University of Reading, UK), Maria McGarrity (LIU Brooklyn, USA,), Evelyn O’Callaghan (University of the West Indies, Barbados)

In the middle of a story about a Jamaican woman called Miss Manda, whose speech acts
reveal her as both multiply situated and ‘out of place’, the prominent Jamaican novelist Erna Brodber issues a surprising provocation to scholars of Caribbean studies, I want to know what the Irish, the Scottish, the Welsh gave to the Creole mix as much as I want to know…what particular part of Africa is my heritage…I will solve the African riddle but who will tell me about the others? (Brodber 1998: 75)

Although there has been more recent scholarship on the connections between Ireland and the Caribbean, such as the The Black and Green Atlantic: Cross-Currents of the African and Irish Diasporas edited by O’Neill and Lloyd, there remains still too little conversation between scholars based in Caribbean Studies and those in Irish Studies. This conference aims to open up these conversations as they pertain to history, politics, language, geography, expressive  cultural forms, and everyday practices (such as the shamrock passport stamp of Montserrat).

We seek the active engagement of scholars working within this highly focused yet potentially broad field to further shape this emerging critical discourse.

Please send abstracts of 250 words and a brief biog. to by 29 June 2012. Presenters will be notified by last week in July.

A special accommodation rate has been negotiated for presenters at Beach View, Paynes Bay, St. James, Barbados, and all conference sessions will be held there.

Registration fees: (including lunches & BBQ supper with drinks on Saturday night)
US & Europe : US$150
Caribbean : US$75

Selected papers will be considered for an edited collection in Palgrave’s New Caribbean Studies series.

Call for Contributions: “Gender, Ireland, Latin America and the Caribbean”

Volume 8, Number 2, December, 2012
“Gender, Ireland, Latin America and the Caribbean”

The editors of Irish Migration Studies in Latin America invite submissions for a special
issue on Gender (Volume 8, Number 2, December, 2012). Articles discussing women and
men from a gender perspective, and within an Irish-Latin American/Caribbean context
will be considered. Emigration/Immigration, Feminism, Domestic Violence, Religion,
Education, Activism, Human Rights, Race, Homosexuality, Masculinity, Literature,
Cinema, Theatre, Art, Sports, and Health are possible areas of focus. Articles using a
comparative approach (examining a particular theme in Ireland and Latin
America/Caribbean), and complementary articles by different authors on a similar theme,
one article based in Ireland the other in Latin America/Caribbean, will also be
considered. Articles may be placed in a historical or contemporary setting.
Articles should be submitted to the Editor in Chief by 15 July 2012. Articles related to
the general theme of this journal will also be considered. Scholarly articles should be
between two and five thousand words. The editors also welcome book, film and website
reviews, edited discussions of primary documents, photo essays, and short biographies
related to the topic of the special issue, and to the general theme of the journal. All
contributions must conform to the Contributors’ Guidelines of this journal before they will be considered. All papers will undergo editorial screening and peer review.

Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Clíona Murphy, History Department, California State University,
Bakersfield, CA 93311.