Text and Beyond Text in Irish Studies: New Visual, Material & Spatial Perspectives
Canadian Association for Irish Studies 2011 Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, July 6 - 9.
Reminder: CFP deadline February 21, 2011.
We are planning a range of Irish cultural events as well as social events that will introduce aspects of Montreal to visitors.
Among the keynote lectures and performances will be (please read below for full details):
Novelist Patrick McCabe
Fiddler Pierre Schryer with Martine Billette
In addition to academic lectures, the program will include readings, a musical concert and screening of films.
CALL FOR PAPERS
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 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. 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. Please submit your proposal (approximately 250 words) and a brief (50 word) bio to firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission deadline is 21 FEBRUARY 2011. Any correspondence related to the conference should be sent to the abovementioned email address.
KEYNOTE LECTURES AND PERFORMANCES
HENRY GLASSIE is Emeritus College Professor of Folklore at Indiana University, Bloomington. A leading scholar in the fields of vernacular architecture, cultural landscapes, and material culture, Glassie is the author of nearly twenty books, several of them on Ireland including All Silver and No Brass: An Irish Christmas Mumming (1975), the award-winning Passing the Time in Ballymenone (1982), and The Stars of Ballymenone (2006). Glassie has lectured widely in Europe and Asia, as well as North America. He has won numerous international awards for his work.
PAIGE REYNOLDS is an associate professor in the department of English at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is the author of Modernism, Drama, and the Audience for Irish Spectacle (2007) and a variety of articles on topics related to modernism in Ireland and England, theater and performance, and film. She is co-editor (with Charles Orser) of a forthcoming issue of Éire-Ireland on material culture in Ireland. Currently, she is at work on a short
biography of the twentieth-century Irish playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and cultural critic Mary Manning.
Irish writer PATRICK MCCABE is the author of twelve novels as well as several plays and short stories. His novels include The Butcher Boy (1992) and Breakfast on Pluto (1998), both of which were shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize for Fiction and adapted for the screen by Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan. McCabe, who calls his style of writing “bog gothic,” has received numerous literary awards. His most recent novel is The Stray Sod Country (2010). McCabe is currently teaching in the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.
Fiddler PIERRE SCHRYER, part of the vibrant Franco-Ontarian culture, was immersed in the music and traditions of his heritage from an early age. As a solo performer he has received numerous awards including Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, Violoneux Championnat, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion.
Schryer has recorded a number of solo and group albums including The New Canadian Waltz (1995), 2 Worlds United (1999), Acoustique! (2000), Heat of the Moment (2002), Blue Drag (2003), and mélange (2008).
Schryer will be accompanied by pianist MARTINE BILLETTE. Having grown up with a violinist father, Billette had the opportunity to learn accompaniment at a young age, thus developing her ear for traditional music. Billette played for four years with master fiddler André Brunet, and has toured the United States, England, Japan, and France with several groups including Ménage à trois, Manigance, and The Pierre Schryer Band. Billette is also an internationally renowned step dancer, considered one of Quebec's best.
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