Fifth SILAS Conference: Cork 2015

Announcing the fifth SILAS conference at University College Cork, Ireland, 25-27 June 2015.

The Society for Irish Latin American Studies, the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, UCC and the Geography Department, UCC invite you to participate in “Entangled Histories and Cultures: Re-mapping diasporas and migrations between Ireland and Latin America,” an international and interdisciplinary conference at University College Cork, Ireland, 25-27 June 2015. The proximity of Cork harbour, historically an important gateway for migration and trade between Ireland, Spain and Latin America, provides a stimulating setting from which to explore Ireland’s engagement with the Iberian Atlantic world. Irish people moved and settled in the company of transatlantic diasporas from Europe, Africa and Asia in the context of Empire. Inter-ethnic relations and cross-cultural connections were complicated by processes of class, race, and gender. We invite papers and panels from across the Humanities and Social Sciences focused on entangled histories, and legacies of migration through different eras of colonialism, independence, and globalisation. We also welcome papers on the memory, representation and transformation of the relationship between Ireland and Latin America.
Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Private histories/public histories
  • Colonialism/anti-colonialism
  • Labour, gender and racialisation
  • Slavery, anti-slavery
  • Freedom, human rights, indigenous rights
  • Sexualities, race and mestizaje
  • Migration, diaspora, exile
  • Languages, literacies, discourse
  • Exile: political, social, linguistic
  • Peregrinations, wanderings, religious/official journeys
  • Lands, landings, placing and mapping
  • Sea voyages, Safe Harbours, Perilous Passages/Safe Passages, Perilous Harbours
  • Documents, passports, carnets de voyages and de passages/ travelogues/travel narratives
  • Alternative epistemologies
  • Difficulties of entanglement
  • Ekphrasis: Imagi(ni)ng journeys, fictional migrations, (dis-) appearing acts
  • Visual culture, music, dance
  • Literature, journalism
  • Missionaries, government aid, trade
  • Transnational digital communities
  • Neo-liberalism, environmental, development, and food relations
  • Affinities/resistances
  • Solidarities/exploitations
  • Film Studies: documentaries, short films, docufictions, current affairs programmes and migrations
  • The art of travelling, travelling and art, travel literature
  • Mental and physical health: diasporas, migrations and exiles

Conference organizers also welcome paper, panel, and presentation proposals from individuals or groups engaged in related disciplines, including graduate students, independent scholars, public and community historians, authors, poets, artists, musicians, dancers, activists, and community associations. Conference languages include English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Submission of Abstracts/Posters proposals of c. 200 words should be sent before 6 October 2014 to: silasucc2015@gmail.com

Answer from Academic Committee: Monday, 20 October 2014
Confirmation by Participants: Monday, 27 October 2014
Online Provisional Programme Publication: Monday, 20 November 2014
Submission of Power Point presentations: Saturday, 16 May 2015

CFP: IMSLA Special Issue

Travel Writing: Encounters within and through Irish and Latin American spaces

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Deadline for articles: September 30th, 2014

Contributions are now invited for the 2014/15 Special Issue of the Journal of Irish Migration Studies in Latin America, an international, refereed online journal, edited by Sinéad Wall and Laura Izarra.

Ireland and Latin America share experiences of colonisation which were to some extent aided by travel accounts from the early 1600s through to the 1900s, many of which were concerned with either military fortifications or commercial matters. Just as the ‘New World’ had become a zone to be exploited for its natural wealth, by the mid nineteenth century travel writing about Ireland had become a means of expressing British anxiety about the island. After the famine period of 1845 to 1852 Ireland became a place to be exploited by potential property investors as well as by writers hoping to make money out of the sometimes harrowing descriptions of poverty and hunger.

This Special Issue of the IMSLA seeks to engage with writings about Ireland and/or Latin America which offer different interdisciplinary perspectives from which to reconsider colonial encounters as well as texts which address the various effects, including psychic effects, provoked by the changing cultural formations of the late twentieth/early twenty-first centuries. These encounters might be framed within or going beyond what Mary Louise Pratt denotes as ‘contact zones’ –i.e. ‘social spaces where disparate cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other’, or what Avtar Brah defines as ‘diaspora space’, that which ‘marks the intersectionality of contemporary conditions of transmigrancy of people, capital, commodities and culture’– including not only Latin American spaces but Irish spaces also. Therefore, the present issue on Travel Writing aims to consider narratives which could be read against various theoretical frameworks from various fields of knowledge such as history, sociology, anthropology, literature, linguistics among others, in order to highlight different experiences of power relations and cultural practices. We invite papers which interrogate travel between Ireland and Latin America and which examine alternative discourses of travel, whether in an Imperial or contemporary context. All articles will be subject to peer review and must conform to the Contributors Guidelines of the journal.

Articles should not be longer than 5,000 words, including references and notes. Suggested articles include, but are not limited to:

  • Historical or fictional accounts, diaries and reports (official or private) by missionaries, soldiers, diplomats, entrepreneurs among others
  • Encounters between Ireland and Latin America
  • Irish Migration, exile or diasporic writing about Latin America and vice versa
  • Irish/Latin American Interpretation and reinterpretation of travel writing
  • Writing at the margins
  • Women writing and gendered spaces
  • Postmodern and virtual travels
  • Transnational writings

For consideration, please submit articles (as an attached Word document) via email with the subject line “IMSLA Special Issue” by 30 September 2014 to Laura Izarra: lizarra@usp.br

CFP: Breac Special Issue on Irish Studies and Digital Humanities

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Irish Studies and Digital Humanities
Deadline: January 15th, 2014

In 2012, Stanley Fish posed the question: does the digital humanities offer new and better ways to realize traditional humanities goals? Or does the digital humanities completely change our understanding of what a humanities goal (and work in the humanities) might be? Practitioners within both the digital humanites and the humanities community more generally have offered many responses to Fish’s musings, but as Margaret Kelleher has observed, there is yet little investigation regarding the opportunities and implications afforded the study of Irish history, literature, and culture by electronic advances.

Addressing this seeming absence of engagement, issue 3 of Breac seeks to foreground the intersections between the digital humanities and work in the field of Irish Studies. What type of innovative resources, tools and methodologies have been produced by and for scholars working in the field? What challenges have those working on digital projects encountered? How does the design, development and use of digital tools relate to and/or advance traditional practices in Irish Studies? Positing the question in reverse, how can debates and practices in Irish Studies work in the digital humanities? What new challenges can Irish Studies bring to the digital humanities?

The guest editors of this issue, Breac Matthew Wilkens and Sonia Howell, invite submissions addressing the results of digital humanities projects as well as commentaries on the intersections and possibilities for future collaborations between Irish Studies and the digital humanities. Capitalizing on Breac’s digital form, we welcome submissions which can be best facilitated by an online journal. In keeping with Breac’s commitment to linguistic diversity, we also welcome submissions in languages other than English. Other topics of interest include, but are by no means limited to:

Data mining
Geospatial analysis
Data visualization
Scholarly editing
New media
Digital literature or poetry
Digital humanities and the Irish language
Digital humanities and world literature
The issue will include essays from Hans Walter Gabler (editor-in-chief of the Critical and Synoptic Edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses) on conceiving a dynamic digital research site for James Joyce’s Ulysses, Matthew Jockers (author of Macroanalysis and co-founder of the Stanford Literary Lab) on macroanalysis and Irish Studies, and Padraig Ó Macháin (Director of Irish Script on Screen) on how the digital revolution has affected Irish Studies and Irish-language scholarship. It will also feature a review of Franco Moretti’s Distant Reading by Joe Cleary (author of Literature, Partition and the Nation-State: Culture and Conflict in Ireland, Israel and Palestine).

Typical articles for submission vary in length from 3,000-8,000 words, but the editors are happy to consider pieces that are shorter or longer. Deadline for submission of manuscripts is January 15, 2014. Full submission instructions are available at http://breac.nd.edu/submissions/. Questions are welcome and should be sent to breac.djis@gmail.com.
(Full CFP available here)

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CFP: Media & Governance in Latin America Conference

Media & Governance in Latin America
Exploring the role of communication for development
The University of Sheffield, 13–14 May 2014

Call for papers
Deadline 3 February 2014
In 21st-century Latin America, information and participation asymmetries are being challenged by new technologies, the reinvigoration of civil society and changing media policies. Questions are arising about the relationships between media and communication and the region’s democratic governance.
This conference aims to explore the connections between communication, citizenship, governance and development in Latin America in an interdisciplinary effort. The event brings together academics, practitioners and researchers from social sciences and humanities, to consider the following work streams:
Media, politics and citizenship in Latin America: media policies, media ownership, public interest, political communication practices, mediatization of politics
Communication for social change: community participation, civic empowerment, investigative journalism, social media platforms, social movements as new media
Media discourse in Latin America: media populism, minorities’ representations, collaborative media, and freedom of speech

Submissions
Please email an abstract of 250 to 300 words, in Microsoft Word format, to Sara García, sgarciasantamaria1@sheffield.ac.uk, before 3 February 2014, with the subject “Conference Media and Governance”.

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/journalism/events/latin-america-2013/papers

CFP: 1st Irish Conference on Narrative Inquiry

1st Irish Conference on Narrative Inquiry
Researching and Writing Irish Storyscapes
Sligo Education Centre, Institute of Technology, Sligo, April 10th 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS
We invite papers with an interest in Irish society from a narrative inquiry perspective.
This first national conference on narrative seeks papers from the social sciences in
particular but welcomes papers across the disciplines that have a theoretical,
methodological and/or creative interest in narrative. We welcome papers that
consider narratives of teaching and learning, identity, gender and narrative, narrative
as emancipatory or therapeutic force but novel areas and approaches to narrative
inquiry are also of interest. Hosted by Institute of Technology, Sligo, the
conference is co-organised and supported by National University of Ireland
Galway and National University of Ireland, Maynooth. The conference aims to
bring together a wide range of Irish and international scholars to showcase how
narrative is and can be deployed in researching Irish society.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Professor Maria Tamboukou, Professor of Feminist Studies, co-director for the
Centre for Narrative Research and co-editor of the journal Gender and Education,
University of East London, UK. http://www.uel.ac.uk/lss/staff/mariatamboukou/
Professor Tamboukou is a narrative inquiry scholar with an interest in biography, art,
politics, labour and feminism. She is an outstanding contributor, author, teacher and
leader in the field of narrative inquiry whose publications include Women, Education
and the Self (2003), Dangerous Encounters (2003) (edited with S Ball), Nomadic
Narratives, Visual Forces (2010), and Doing Narrative Research (2013) (edited with
M Andrews and C Squire).

PROPOSALS for Papers and Posters welcome (Abstracts of c300 words) by
Friday, January 10th 2014 to Jacqueline O’Toole at otoole.jacqueline@itsligo.ie
Conference Organisers
Dr. Anne Byrne (NUIG) Anne.Byrne@nuigalway.ie Dr. Grace O’ Grady (NUIM)
grace.ogrady@nuim.ie Jacqueline O’ Toole (IT Sligo) otoole.jacqueline@itsligo.ie

Convocatoria para Contribuciones, IMSLA Volumen 8, Número 3

IMSLA, Volumen 8, Número 3

Problemas y riquezas en los Archivos: Escribiendo las historias y anécdotas de los irlandeses en, y en conexión con Latinoamérica, La Norteamérica Hispana, el Caribe y la Península Ibérica.

Los editores de la revista Estudios de Migraciones Irlandesas en Latinoamérica (Irish Migration Studies in Latin America) abren su convocatoria de participación en un número especial que puede incluir artículos que discutan las dificultades encontradas al escribir en este campo de investigación, las fuentes originales disponibles y los problemas para acceder a ellas, las complicaciones políticas, académicas y geográficas en la construcción de narrativas y análisis, así como otros temas relacionados. La publicación se centrará en los desafíos y las fuentes disponibles para el crecimiento del campo de los Estudios de Irlanda y América Latina (incluyendo La Norteamérica Hispana, la península Ibérica y el Caribe). Se espera que los artículos discutan fuentes disponibles de archivo, literarias, y de otra índole, que ayuden a los académicos en diversas categorías geográficas e históricas de esta disciplina. El término archivo es definido ampliamente e incluye una variedad de fuentes en general (archivos existentes, periódicos, literatura, colecciones privadas, fuentes en línea, colecciones de los gobiernos nacionales, historias transmitidas oralmente, el archivo en línea de SILAS…) La editora Clíona Murphy y la editora invitada Margaret Brehony, están particularmente interesadas en escuchar a los autores que ya han trabajado extensamente en archivos tradicionales que tienen contenido irlandés y latinoamericano. También estamos interesadas en artículos que recurren a la literatura y a fuentes que no son de archivo, y que mejoran nuestra comprensión de la materia. De igual manera se espera, que aparte de artículos de archivos y fuentes originales, la publicación contará con artículos que discutan los parámetros, teorías y el alcance de este campo de investigación (incluyendo el género), como también listas y enlaces que lleven a colecciones en varias ubicaciones diferentes. También puede haber un análisis y un catálogo de lo que está disponible en los archivos de SILAS, dependiendo de la disponibilidad de la persona con el conocimiento requerido para componerlo. Todos los artículos estarán sujetos a revisión. Fecha límite: 31 de julio de 2013. Enviar manuscritos a cmurphy@csub.edu y margaret.brehony@gmail.com.

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
Send manuscripts to cmurphy@csub.edu and margaret.brehony@gmail.com

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 a.j.donnell@reading.ac.uk 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.
<http://www.beachviewbarbados.com/>

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.