CFP: Ireland: Borders and Bridges (Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting | American Conference for Irish Studies)

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Call for Papers
November 1, 2019 to November 2, 2019
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
British History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies, European History / Studies, Literature, Modern European History / Studies

 The trope of the border is witnessing robust engagement in recent scholarship on Ireland, and from a number of disciplinary perspectives. Borders and bridges, and borders as bridges, are ideas at the fore of Irish consciousness, commentary, and writing today in response to numerous contemporaneous events: the advent of #Brexit as well as the disposition of the EU, the reemergence across the island of Sinn Féin, the tying of ‘Together for Yes’ to the North, and other developments. But the border as organizing principle and cultural paradigm is conceivably as old as the island itself. 

The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional meeting of the ACIS takes these ideas as inspiration. The theme—IRELAND: Borders | Bridges—is meant to infer all usages and references, all creative, cultural, conceptual, corporeal, theoretical, historical and disciplinary understandings. The border and/as bridge may be interpreted as theme, as history, as Irish political, conceptual or social reality, as real structures or systems, limits or frontiers, as threshold and checkpoint, carceral modality or praxis of capital. 

We are eager to draw a broad swathe of folks to the meeting, from both in- and outside the region, for the event to represent an inclusive and diverse array of disciplines, research fields, topics and positions, as well as types of session. Papers and panels are invited and encouraged on any area of inquiry in Irish studies. The theme is offered as stimulus and starting point, a way to underline a particular topic of concern across some (but not all) sessions. Interpretations and potential topics run the gamut and might include: 

Borders and Irish literature, theater, art, music and photography, Poetry’s particular and critical borders 

The trope of the border in Irish film 

The official Irish language borders, the Gaeltacht 

English as a border language, Irish as a border language, something we might call “the new Irish” 

#Brexit and the [Irish] border, The partition, The partition comparatively considered, Legacies of partition 

The North, internal Northern borders, Borders and/of [Northern] Irishness 

Gender, borders, Ireland, The 8th Amendment and the Borders of/@ reproductive rights, Irish women and border matters 

Sexuality borders, The Referendum on Marriage Equality, The borders of the closet 

Legal borders and Irish law, Laws as a modality of borders 

Comparative, world borders and Ireland, Ireland, the border and the EU 

Provincial borders, County borders, Ancient clan borders/county alliances 

The East – West border, Borders of the country and the city, Ireland’s urban borders 

Borders of/in the mythological cycles, Muldoon’s “scrim” 

Medieval Irish borders 

Psychological borders: The borders of the Irish self, The borders of self and other 

Temporal borders of Ireland and Irishness and Irish history 

The border of home and world 

The Murals: painting, imaging, “seeing” the border 

The bogside, a border[lands], The midlands, a border[lands] 

The peace bridge, The peace line, The sect line, The color line, Segregation borders 

Crossing the water, the border of Irish flight/emigration, Crossing the Atlantic 

Postcolonial borders: Lines of difference & proximity, Maps, borders, colonialism and Ireland, Neo-colonialism & borders 

Hemispheric Orientalist borders and/of/in Ireland 

History and Historiography of Ireland and the/its borders, limits of the archive / of historical representation 

Borders as economic/capitalist modality, The political economy of the Irish border 

Borders as provocateur of freedom and flight, site of translation, transit, transfer 

Contact Info: 

Maureen Fadem