Ireland, Australia and Europe: Colonies, Federations
and Unions 23-26 Sept 2007 Offers of papers are invited on any topic relating to Ireland or to the Irish experience in Australia or New Zealand. The conference is interdisciplinary so papers may be based in Literature, History, Politics, Music, Art or any other area. Papers need not be restricted to the parameters suggested by the conference theme, but papers would be particularly in the following themes:
* The issues related to bringing distinct cultures and polities together in larger units, and changing historical perspectives on those processes * The common or disparate experiences, politically, culturally, socially, of Australia, New Zealand and Ireland within the structures of the British empire.
* The historical background and contemporary experience of Ireland in relation to Europe generally and to the European Union in particular.
* Literary and other cultural manifestations of the tensions associated with merging national identities and institutions.
* Problems of political devolution within larger unions While the main focus of the conference will be related to Ireland and Irish Australia and Irish New Zealand, offers will be welcome of papers that deal with other nations and cultures from which fruitful comparisons can be drawn.
Dr Jennifer Ridden (Conference Convenor)
European Union (IUEU)
Centre La Trobe University Melbourne Australia
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