American Conference for Irish Studies 2023, "Global Ireland: Transnational Networks of Migration and Belonging"

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June 7, 2023 to June 10, 2023
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
British History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, European History / Studies, Humanities, Literature

Global Ireland: Transnational Networks of Migration and Belonging

San José State University, California
June 7-10, 2023

With approximately 70 million people around the world identifying as having Irish heritage, and 17 percent of the population at home being foreign-born, few places are as “global” as Ireland. In his 2022 Saint Patrick’s Day message to the Irish people at home and abroad, the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins emphasized this when he encouraged the Irish to embrace “our role as global citizens [and] our responsibility to work with fellow citizens across all continents for a better, fairer, and more inclusive world.”

We invite Irish Studies scholars to gather in San José, California, at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay Area, and home to one of the largest Irish communities in the United States, to explore Ireland’s role within transnational networks of migration, diaspora, culture, politics, (post)colonialism, economics, advocacy, and social justice, among others. While the conference’s central theme is “transnationalism,” we welcome papers and panel proposals in all subject areas of Irish Studies.

San José State University (SJSU) is California’s oldest institution of public higher education. The campus is located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to enable students and faculty to participate in a global society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. San Francisco, Berkeley, Stanford, Santa Cruz, the Monterrey Peninsula, redwood forests, wineries, and the California coastline are all within an hour’s drive of downtown San José.

A limited number of SJSU dorm rooms will be available in addition to hotel accommodation.

Conference organizers are Dr. Matthew Spangler (San José State University) and Dr. Cian T. McMahon (University of Nevada, Las Vegas). Questions can be directed to

The conference has also received financial support from San José State University, the Dean’s Office, College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the Emigrant Support Programme of the Consulate General of Ireland – Boston, and the American Conference for Irish Studies.

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Conference organizers are Dr. Matthew Spangler (San José State University) and Dr. Cian T. McMahon (University of Nevada, Las Vegas).

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