29 December 2007

Call for Papers- Home and Elsewhere: the Spaces of Irish Writing

Home and Elsewhere: the Spaces of Irish Writing
Oporto , Portugal , 28 July – 1 August 2008
Conference Website: http://web.letras.up.pt/iasil08/

Deadline 14 January 2008

The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures invites you to attend its 2008 conference at Universidade doPorto, in Portugal.
The conference will take place at the Faculties of Letters and Architecture (Faculdade de Letras / Faculdade de Arquitectura), close to the city centre and overlooking the river Douro. Accommodation will be available in hotels within walking distance of the conference venue, at a special rate to delegates.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Academics: Edna Longley , Professor Emerita, Queen’s University Belfast; Chris Morash , NUI Maynooth; Claire Connolly , Cardiff University
Writers: Michael Longley, Hugo Hamilton

The conference theme, Home and Elsewhere: the Spaces of Irish Writing, reflects the currency that notions of space, place, and territory – in a variety of acceptations, from physical to virtual – have gained within literary and cultural studies. Suggested topics include:

• Irish locales, Irish identities;
• Irish writing and “other places” (utopias, dystopias, heterotopias);
• local and global, parochial and cosmopolitan in Irish writing;
• enabling elsewheres: texts and selves in transit; travel and/or translation in/of Irish writing;
• spaces of performance: Irish texts on stage and on screen;
• intermedial territories: Irish writing and other arts;
• versions of textual space: page, screen, cyberwriting.

Proposals for twenty-minute papers are welcome on these and other aspects of the literatures of Ireland, within the range of interests of IASIL members.

For futher details check out the following link:

25 December 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Hi everyone

This is a quick message from all of the NEICN Team- wishing and hoping that everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

May all your wishes and desires come true.