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The bicentenary of the Declaration of Chilean independence, promulgated by Bernardo O´Higgins in 1818, provides a welcome opportunity to explore Irish links with Latin America and themes related to colonialism, independence, nationhood, and democracy in Chile and in the region as a whole. In a conference entitled “Globalizing Irish Studies: The Idea of a Nation and Narratives of Independence,” we plan to gather together scholars and cultural critics to explore both the “worlding” of Irish studies in national and international contexts and to interrogate historical and contemporary relationships between Chile, Latin America, and Ireland—from a multitude of perspectives and disciplines, and at different points of time.
The conference will explore three broad areas:
- Themes related to the history of Irish influence in Latin America and vice versa, particularly regarding the theme of independence;
- Narratives (whether literary, cultural, cinematic, musical, or taking other forms) related to the history of revolutions and independence; and
- Contemporary issues.
These themes will be addressed in keynotes, roundtables, and paper sessions.
We are inviting proposals for papers that touch on these themes. We are particularly interested in the work of junior scholars. The organizers envision allotting 20 minutes for each speaker. Please consult the conference website for updated information on how to submit proposals.
The conference organizers invite any scholars interested in the themes to attend. Giving a paper is not required for attendance.
The conference is organized through a partnership that includes several Latin American, American, and Irish universities as well as various Irish Studies associations.
Proposals should include:
Cv no longer than 2 pages in length
The deadline for submission is 31 August 2018.
Mary Hendriksen, Assistant Director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame