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
Travel Writing: Encounters within and through Irish and Latin American spaces
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: email@example.com
Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies, from the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has announced “a forthcoming initiative from the Breac project called Breac Archives, a secure digital repository designed and maintained by Irish Studies and Digital Humanities specialists at the University of Notre Dame.”
The Breac Archives project aims to create a bibliographical database, “a fully searchable, open-access resource which records all forms of scholarship relating to Ireland and Irish Studies.”
Please help them create this database by submitting the bibliographic details of your work at the Breac Archives page.
The Irish American Cultural Institute (IACI) is now inviting applications for the IACI-NUI Galway Fellowship 2014-15. The fellowship provides an ideal opportunity to scholars normally resident in the United States who wish to spend a semester (not less than four months) at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUIG, and whose work relates to any aspect of Irish Studies. The Centre for Irish Studies is a designated Centre for Research Excellence at NUIG and details of current research and teaching programmes can be found here.
The stipend for the Fellowship is US$4,000. This includes transatlantic air transportation for the recipient.
NUI-Galway will provide the holder of the Fellowship with office accommodation, and with a number of privileges appropriate to the status of a visiting faculty member, e.g., access to some departmental secretarial and other facilities. The college will also advise the holder of various options for suitable accommodation.
The obligations and duties of the holder are as follows;
• During his/her residence, the holder is to give one faculty seminar on the subject of his/her research.
• During his/her residence, the holder is to be available for limited consultation with postgraduates in the appropriate discipline.
• Upon completion, the holder will be expected to provide a brief written report to the IACI Board of Directors, which may be published in the IACI’s newsletter, Dúċas.
• Any essay, book, or other presentation arising from Fellowship-funded research must carry a credit line identifying the IRISH AMERICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE Visiting Fellowship in Irish Studies at National University Ireland-Galway.
• Upon completion of the semester, the holder will be expected to submit some part of Fellowship- funded research and writing for consideration by the editors of ÉIRE-IRELAND. (This is not to be construed as assurance of publication, however.)
• Upon return to United States, the holder may be asked to prepare and deliver a lecture based upon his/her research for an audience to be selected by the IACI.
The deadline for receipt of applications for the IACI-NUI Galway Fellowship 2015 is 28 February 2014.
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.
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
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Full CFP available here)
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, email@example.com, before 3 February 2014, with the subject “Conference Media and Governance”.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Anne Byrne (NUIG) Anne.Byrne@nuigalway.ie Dr. Grace O’ Grady (NUIM)
email@example.com Jacqueline O’ Toole (IT Sligo) firstname.lastname@example.org