Website and Registration for Fifth SILAS Conference: University College Cork 2015

We are pleased to announce that the official conference website for the Fifth SILAS conference, at University College Cork, Ireland, 25-27 June 2015, with information on registration, accommodation, directions, and more is available at

We look forward to seeing you in Cork this June!

Fifth SILAS Conference: Cork 2015

Announcing the fifth SILAS conference, 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/Poster proposals of c. 200 words due 17 December 2014 to:
Answer from Academic Committee: Monday, 5 January 2015
Confirmation by Participants: Monday, 26 January 2015
Online Provisional Programme Publication: Monday, 23 February 2015
Submission of Power Point presentations: Saturday, 16 May 2015

SILAS Spring 2014 Newsletter

We are happy to announce the latest issue of the Newsletter of the Society for Irish Latin American Studies. This newsletter is for members and interested others of SILAS, and we invite you to read about the many recent developments in the Society. Please click the link below to access the PDF newsletter.
SILAS Spring 2014 Newsletter

Argentina: Fourth SILAS Conference Argentina, 2013

SILAS and the Symposium of Irish Studies in South America will jointly host a conference in La Pampa Argentina August 13-15, 2013 at Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, Argentina.

The theme of the conference is “The Art of Movement and Transformation: Ireland and the Americas Looking Forward”.

Click here for the conference website