The Irish Studies Program at Drew University is pleased to announce the Call For Papers for the Transatlantic Connections Conference V, which takes place in Ireland January 10-14 2018. The theme of this year’s Transatlantic Connections Conference is “Kindred Spirits / Dáimh”. This theme will be explored across a range of interdisciplinary panels, workshops, keynote talks and cultural events. The Transatlantic Connections Conference will be an opportunity to explore cultures (broadly defined) and the interactions and intersections between them. The focus of the conference will be on cultures that are “outside the mainstream,” and the goal is to foster a sense of shared kinship and celebration amongst representatives of humanity’s cultural diversity.
Our conference model is different from most academic symposia. Our panels are open to the public, and presenters include undergraduate and post-graduate students, academics, professionals and enthusiasts in a variety of cultural pursuits. This is a multidisciplinary conference, and papers are sought in the fields of History, Literature, Peace Studies, Architecture & Design, Minority Languages, Irish Language, Sustainability and Ecology, Medical Humanities, Activism and Protest, Literature, Food Studies, and Music Studies.
The location is in Bundoran, in County Donegal, an incredibly cultural and scenic county, sandwiched between the province of Northern Ireland to the east, the counties of Sligo and Leitrim to the south, and the wild Atlantic Ocean all along the west coast. The North and North West of Ireland is home to many small communities with shared narratives of oppression, division, cultural revival and conflict resolution, and this extraordinarily friendly, beautiful and historic setting provides a unique conference experience for the visiting scholar.
Undergraduate students are invited to submit proposals to present completed research papers/projects, research-in-progress, or roundtable discussions on any topic related to the general fields listed above. We invite faculty from Drew University, and from other institutions, to organise, chair and serve as discussants: each undergraduate presenter will have 5-8 minutes to speak, with a maximum of six speakers per undergraduate panel. These sessions are offer an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain experience in conference presenting, and to receive feedback from their peers and senior colleagues.
The conference organisers invite both individual paper proposals, and complete panel proposals from postgraduates, early career academics and established scholars from a range of disciplines, as well as experts and representatives in related fields on topics relevant to the theme of ‘Kindred / Dáimh’
The conference also welcomes proposals for innovative panels and sessions that do not follow the usual format of academic paper presentations, such as film and media presentations, interview conversations, and others. Proposals for innovative sessions should be sent directly to the Drew Conference Team via firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Niamh Hamill