Conference: Dissonant Voices: Faith and The Irish Diaspora

The University of Winchester in association with the London Irish Centre presents
Dissonant Voices: Faith and The Irish Diaspora
Saturday 8th March 2014  9.30 am to 5.30 pm
The Presidential Suite, The London Irish Centre, Camden Square, NW1 9XB

Admission £15. Register here.

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The Catholic Church in Ireland has often been defined as a conservative, authoritarian and severe organisation.  This is only one side of the story.

The Dissonant Voices:Faith and the Irish Diaspora Conference will explore the other radical and yet thoroughly orthodox tradition and legacy of the people of the Irish Church.  The Conference will examine the politically and socially engaged faith of the Irish and the Irish Diaspora.

The Conference will survey the historical contribution to Europe of Irish Church men and women.  The Conference will hear from contemporary voices in Ireland, influenced and influencing the universal Church in its option for the poor and oppressed.

The legacy of this outspoken faith will be examined by contributors from the Irish Diaspora who are fired by this radical but often unpublicised Irish Church.

Speakers include: Dr Eamonn O Ciardh, Fr Joe McVeigh, Msgr Rayond Murray and Dr Oliver Rafferty SJ

If you would like more information about the conferences please contact Conn Mac Gabhann
To register, click here

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 Questions are welcome and should be sent to
(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

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

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

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.

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.
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
Conference Organisers
Dr. Anne Byrne (NUIG) Dr. Grace O’ Grady (NUIM) Jacqueline O’ Toole (IT Sligo)

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 y

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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