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Southern Chapter of the American Conference for Irish Studies

ACIS-South: 29th Annual Conference

College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

January 31st to February 2nd, 2019



Imaginings & Experiences


Join us in Charleston, South Carolina, for the 29th annual conference of the Southern Chapter of the American Conference for Irish Studies ("ACIS-South")

January 31st to February 2nd, 2019

Hosted by the Program in Irish & Irish-American Studies of the College of Charleston

Theme --

Home & Away: Imaginings & Experiences 

The 2019 ACIS South annual meeting will be held from January 31st to February 2nd in historic Charleston, South Carolina, at the College of Charleston. The conference theme will explore how concepts of home and away have been imagined, created, lived, and resisted in Ireland and the Irish Diaspora, past and present, from a gendered perspective. Proposals from various fields, including literature, art, history, film, folklore, anthropology, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, and more are welcome. In the wake of #metoo, the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, and the attention on current migration policies, we especially welcome proposals focusing on race or ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

• Moving and movement
• Travel
• Going away or being away
• Migrations
• Immigrant populations
• Returning emigrants and re-entry
• The idea of "home"
• Home life and domesticity
• Alienation and exile

Click here to submit a paper or panel proposal

Submission deadline: November 15, 2018

Click here to register for the conference

Contact the Organizers

Joe Kelly & Cara Delay


Drs. Joe Kelly & Cara Delay are members of the Program in Irish & Irish-American Studies at the College of Charleston

A member, since  1992, of the English Department at the College of Charleston, Professor Joe Kelly (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) is the founding director of the institution's Program in Irish and Irish-American Studies. Under his leadership, the Program offers a Minor in Irish Studies; provides full-credit study-in-Ireland opportunities; produces a range of Irish-themed cultural events; and co-sponsors the College's Irish Heritage Project.

Cara Delay (PhD, Brandeis University) is an associate professor in the History Department of the College of Charleston. Her primary research foci are: Irish women and gender in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the history of motherhood and childbirth; and women's health. She has received awards and fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the American Association of University Women, the Coordinating Council of Women in History, and the American Conference for Irish Studies.

Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, it is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, campus life, and affordability. The College serves around 10,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students.