Scholarship: Maria Helena Kopschitz Scholarship for MA in Anglo-Irish Lit and Drama, UCD

Brazilian students interested in pursuing an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin, should apply for the 2016 Maria Helena Kopschitz Scholarship. The scholarship includes full tuition for the one year program and money for accommodation. Travel funds are available as well.For further information and to apply, visit the announcement at UCD’s website:,255237,en.html

University of Notre Dame O’Connell House IRISH SEMINAR 2015

The University of Notre Dame’s O’Connell House IRISH SEMINAR 2015 will be held 27 June – 11 July 2015, in Buenos Aires, Argentina

From the 2015 IRISH SEMINAR page:

“It has been argued that the crucible of modernity was not so much in the Western metropolis as in the encounter of the metropolitan countries with other parts of the world, especially through the development of colonialism and capitalism. The consolidation of the Argentinian republic, as indeed all of the American republics, took place in part through the destruction of the indigenous peoples, opening their lands to colonization, while the 16th and 17th century English often compared the native Irish to the American indigenes and proposed their extirpation (though there are indeed obvious limits to this comparison). A periphery implies a center, yet how can we understand European nationalism without understanding the creole variety – as Benedict Anderson calls it – that preceded it, revolting against metropolitan rule in the Americas? Atlantic history in the age of revolution can draw obvious parallels, for example, between San Martín, who led Argentina’s struggle for independence, and someone like Wolfe Tone, both ‘creoles’ revolting against the metropolis, the land of their ancestors, and both influenced by the earlier revolutions of North America and France.

Argentina was a center, one of the richest countries in the world until the 1950s, a magnet – second only to the USA – for millions of European emigrants (including thousands from Ireland, whose descendants form the largest Irish community outside of the English-speaking world). While Ireland exported people, Argentina imported them (though for a period in the first decade of the new millennium, the roles were reversed). But Argentina, which represented the future for millions of emigrants, was also a capitalist periphery. Its uneven modernity is the basis for what Beatriz Sarlo has called Buenos Aires’ ‘modernidad periférica’. Something similar can be observed between the provincial stagnation of Dublin, a largely pre-industrial town, and the sophisticated literary production of Yeats, Joyce and Beckett. How can we characterize a Borges or a Joyce as ‘a master on the periphery of capitalism’, as Roberto Schwarz did of the great Brazilian writer Machado de Assis? What is the relationship between capitalism and modernism? The creation of a national culture was a key project in both countries, and what Joep Leerssen has called ‘auto-exoticism’ played an important role. The genre of the gauchesco, which used the language typical of the gauchos, the most authentic of creoles, was a response of Argentinian urban intellectuals at around the same time as the Cultural Revival in Ireland sought cultural authenticity in the Irish-speaking peasant.

To bring the Irish Seminar to Buenos Aires is to seek to answer urgent questions about Irish Studies in a non-Anglophone and a global context. Our project is not comparative for its own sake, but seeks to ask new questions about Ireland and Irish Studies in the world by looking at parallels with Argentina (and indeed with Latin American Studies). We also wish to explore aspects of the Irish experience specific to Argentina – Irish emigration to the region, the Irish community there, the reception of Irish literature in this part of the southern hemisphere. We hope that our stay in this dynamic and sophisticated metropolis will challenge our notion of Irish Studies.

For more information and to join our mailing list contact

Norte Dame’s Irish Seminar, presented annually since 1999, is aimed at post-graduate students and faculty in Irish Studies. It involves up to forty graduate students drawn from around the world. See the University of Norte Dame’s page on The Irish Seminar for more.


Please see the PDF here for the CFP / Por favor, consulte el PDF aquí por el CFP

The Department of Hispanic Language and Literature of the Faculty of Philosophy at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), in collaboration with the Latin American and the Caribbean Studies Department Latin America of Megatrend University – Belgrade (Serbia), Universidad del Norte (Asuncion, Paraguay), the Department of Humanities of Universidad Nacional del Sur (Bahía Blanca, Argentina) and Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky (Lexington, USA) is pleased to announce the II International Congress on Latin America, to be held in Athens from 20 to 22 May 2015 with the title “Reflections on the Ibero-American Realities Facing the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century,” with the aim of bringing together researchers and specialists in Studies Latin America. The conference is geared towards exploring perspectives related Latin American reality from different and interdisciplinary angles.

Send 200-250 word abstracts with name, institution, paper title, subtopic, and brief CV by February 15, 2015 with the subject “Congreso 2015″ to:
epavlakis @ or
Entries must not exceed 20 minutes and may be presented in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

El Departamento de Lengua y Literaturas Hispánicas de la Facultad de Filosofía de la Universidad Nacional y Kapodistríaca de Atenas (Grecia), en colaboración con el departamento de Estudios de América Latina y el Caribe de la Universidad de Megatrend de Belgrado (Serbia), La Universidad del Norte (Asunción, Paraguay), el Departamento de Humanidades de la Universidad Nacional del Sur (Bahía Blanca, Argentina) y el Departamento de Estudios Hispánicos de la Universidad de Kentucky (Lexington EEUU), con el propósito de reunir investigadores y especialistas en los Estudios Latinoamericanos, se complace en anunciar el II Congreso Internacional sobre IberoAmérica, que tendrá lugar en Atenas del 20 al 22 de mayo de 2015 bajo el título Reflexiones sobre las realidades ibero-americanas ante los desafíos del siglo XXI. El congreso está orientado hacia la exploración de perspectivas relacionadas con la realidad latinoamericana desde ángulos distintos e interdisciplinarios.

Hasta el 15 de febrero de 2015 esperamos que confirmen al Comité organizador su deseo de participar enviando un correo electrónico a Congreso 2015: o con nombre y apellido, institución a la que se pertenece, título de la ponencia, resumen (200-250 palabras), subtema donde se
adscribe y un breve currículum vitae.
Las participaciones no deberán exceder de 20 minutos y se podrán presentar en español, portugués e inglés.

CFP: Atlantic Communities: Translation, Mobility, Hospitality Conference

Atlantic Communities: Translation, Mobility, Hospitality

International Conference at University of Vigo (Spain)
17th – 18th September 2015

Co-organized by:
University of Vigo / University of Porto / Queen’s University Belfast

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Michael Cronin (Dublin City University)
Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool)

The Atlantic Ocean has historically played a major role in the relationship between the “Old World” and the “New World” both perceived as a geographical and cultural divide between continents but also functioning as a space of transit, mobility and hospitality. Accordingly, the history and culture of the diverse countries and continents that border the Atlantic tends to be studied either in terms of regional influence within the framework of a geopolitics, or as a series of exchanges and encounters between the different people and territories on or near the Atlantic shores.

This international conference seeks to bring together scholars from across the social sciences and the humanities in order both to extend the focus of these approaches and to suggest new ways of thinking about what binds and what separates the communities and individuals that inhabit the complex social and cultural spaces on both sides of the Atlantic.

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers that address these broad concerns. A suggested, though not prescriptive, list of questions that potential contributors may wish to interrogate and/or illustrate includes:

  • The Atlantic as an itinerary rather than a bounded site.
  • The movement of people and ideas.
  • Enforced migration and its consequences.
  • Trans/Atlantic journeys and translational processes.
  • Cultural exchange and encounter: contact, transfer and transformation.
  • Representations in transit: the Atlantic in writing, images and sounds.
  • “The rumble of tongues”: linguistic exchanges around/across the Atlantic.
  • The tracing of an Atlantic identity: Atlantic communities and national/political organization.

300-word abstracts to be sent to the organizers at: by 31 January 2015.
These will be peer reviewed and acceptance will be notified by 28 February 2015.

Further details may be obtained from the organizers, Teresa Caneda, Rui Carvalho Homem and David Johnston, by emailing:

Fellowship: Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowships 2014-15

From The Moore Institute’s webpage:

“The Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, will award a number of Visiting Research Fellowships in the arts, humanities and social sciences for the period September 2014 – June 2015. The Fellowship Scheme is designed to enhance the research culture of the University through collaborations between visiting fellows and staff at NUIG. Fellowship recipients will also benefit from working with the many rich collections within the James Hardiman Library, and will have the opportunity to interact with the vibrant research community in the university, city and region.”

The fellowships are for a maximum of one month, and must be taken during October 2014 – June 2015.
Completed applications are due 15 September 2014.

For more, please see The Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies page.

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