Adopting Literature, History, Memory as its theme, the 28th annual conference of ACIS-South—the Southern Chapter of the American Conference for Irish Studies—takes place from Thursday, March 9, through Saturday, March 11, 2017, in the city of Lexington, Kentucky. The host institution is the University of Kentucky. We welcome as keynote speaker W. Ronald Schuchard PhD, Goodrich C. White Professor of English Emeritus, Emory University. 


Participants are invited to explore the ways in which memory is produced, represented, and used in Irish culture. Presenters might focus on topics that include, for example:

• personal and collective memory      • selective memory      • nostalgia      • literature and memory      • literary history      • art history      • film      • history and the novel      • poetry and national memory      • grief and elegy      • historical fiction, poetry, or drama      • autobiography and life-writing      • journals and correspondence      • oral history and folklore      • digital memory and digital cultures      • archives      • book history      • tradition and the individual talent      • anxiety of influence      • the author in history      • cultural revivals      • ghosts      • historical writing and the shaping of the past      • the Great War and modern memory      • the Great Hunger and other Irish famines      • 1916      • the Troubles of the early twentieth century      • the Northern Irish Troubles      • the Missing      • history and the postcolonial      • nationalism and gender• new historicism      • modernism or postmodernism      • music and theatre history      • revisionism      • nationalist, republican, and unionist history      • imagined communities      • cultural studies      • alternative histories      • feminist history      • LGBT history      • politics of commemoration      • anniversaries and centenaries      • parades, memorials, monuments      • funerals      • Celtic languages      • languages in Ireland 


Best Debut Paper Award

If this year’s ACIS-South Conference will mark the first time you have presented at any ACIS conference (national or regional), you are are eligible to enter the competition for the Best Debut Paper Award. To do so, please send to the conference organizer, Jonathan Allison, an electronic version of the paper you will present in early March—the actual version, not a longer exploration of the same topic. The deadline for receipt of entries is 5:00 pm Eastern on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. The email address is; and the subject line should read "Debut Paper Submission." Entries will be read by an illustrious, multi-disciplinary panel of judges. The result announcement will occur during the conference's business lunch. In addition to securing a point of distinction for her or his professional résumé, the winner will receive a full refund of the conference registration fee.