The premise of this conference is to encourage a flourishing dynamic between the study of text-based materials and that of images, things, sounds, tastes, movement, and other cultural and social markers, as a means of offering new perspectives on Irish Studies. Initially based primarily on text-based literary and historical investigation, Irish Studies have increasingly been infused by resources and methods derived from other disciplines. Explorations of visual communication, of material culture and the built environment, and of performance generate contrapuntal meanings to be considered alongside textually derived narratives. Indeed, words (whether sung, spoken or written), aside from their own function and inherent value in history and culture, also serve as conduits to study Irish things, places, and performances. The Canadian Association for Irish Studies, therefore, invites papers on any aspect of these disciplines. Papers are also invited on other topics of interest to members of CAIS.
“Text and Beyond Text in Irish Studies: New Visual, Material, & Spatial Perspectives,” the 2011 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies, will be held July 6-9, 2011, at Concordia University, Montreal, QC.
Please submit your proposal (approximately 250 words) and a brief (50 word) bio to firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission deadline is FEBRUARY 21, 2011. Any correspondence related to the conference should be sent to the abovementioned email address.
Michael Kenneally and Rhona Richman Kenneally
School of Canadian Irish Studies
Montreal, QC Email: email@example.com
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