2011 MLA Convention, Los Angeles
Modern Language Association (MLA) / ACIS (American Conference for Irish Studies)
The American Conference for Irish Studies will host two panels at the January 2011 MLA convention in Los Angeles. Please send 200-word abstracts to Karen Steele (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 15, 2010. All panelists must be registered MLA members by April 1, 2010 to be included on the Los Angeles conference program; all panelists must also be registered ACIS members.
POLITICS OF LANGUAGE: Papers should explore the social, cultural, or political implications of Celtic languages and literatures, especially as they relate to Irish national or postcolonial identity, from the 17th century to the present. Papers might include discussions of translation, Celticism, historical breaks and continuities, minority discourse, and more.
IRISHNESS AND CELEBRITY
Papers should explore how Irish identity informs the performance, dissemination, celebration, or limitations of celebrity, whether as small and big screen actors or directors, public intellectuals, writers, political activists, or rock stars. Papers might explore travel writing, stage Irishness, colonial celebrity, self-promotion, self-narration, glamour, the narcissism of stardom, notoriety, or more.
ARCHIVES OF IRISH STUDIES IN THE 21 CENTURY
Papers should explore practical and theoretical challenges in researching, teaching, collecting, and/or documenting Irish culture. Papers might explore the difficulties and provisional solutions in tracking social or political phenomenon, such as scandal or an authorís posthumous lives; theorize about the influence of new media or databases in teaching and research; or consider the cultural politics of collecting and the creative uses of memorabilia. Papers addressing the use of the Clark Archives, which include materials relating to 17th and 18th century Ireland, are especially welcome.
SEND 200-WORD PROPOSALS BY MARCH 15, 2010. PRESENTATIONS MAY NOT EXCEED 20 MINUTES.
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