Exploring the theme Performing Ireland, the 2015 conference of the Southern Regional Chapter of the American Conference for Irish Studies takes place in Rome, Georgia, on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 February 2015 • Please join us for an intellectually stimulating weekend amid the foothills of the ancient Appalachian Mountains • Rome sits at a meeting of waters: the rivers Etowah, Oostanaula, and Coosa • The Irish welcome will be warm, both at the banquet location (the Rome Forum) and the principal conference venue: Hawthorn Suites Hotel, a beautifully repurposed red-brick warehouse • The principal host institution is Berry College (founded in 1902), which is renowned for exceptional undergraduate degree programs in the sciences, humanities, arts, and social sciences
The Conference Banquet is an ACIS South tradition • This year, our host space is the Rome Forum, the city of Rome's showcase civic center, just two blocks from the main Conference venue (Hawthorn Suites Hotel) • The meal begins at 5:45 PM, in time for a leisurely session prior to the complimentary, hotel-based performance of Brian Friel's Faith Healer at 7:30 PM
The multi-course, full-service meal costs $35 per head • Please email Dr. John Countryman, Secretary-Treasurer of ACIS South, before 9 January to indicate how many seats you need for you and any guests you may have: jcountryman@berry.edu • In your email, indicate your choice/s of entree: chicken, salmon, or vegetarian • In addition, indicate any dietary requirements, if such apply
Payment for your meal/s is best done by check, made out to "John Countryman" with the phrase "Conference Banquet" in the memo line • The banquet check may be mailed with the Conference registration check (detailed below)
Registration is by check (or international money order), mailed to the Secretary-Treasurer of ACIS South at the following address: John Countryman PhD, 172 Central Grove Road NW, Rome, Georgia 30165 • The check should made out to "John Countryman" and have the phrase "2015 ACIS South Conference" in the memo line • You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your payment and confirming your registration for the two-day event
Regular registration for the 2015 ACIS South Conference is $150 • A special rate of $120 applies to students, active military, seniors, and the unwaged • Both registration categories provide the official conference program and related print materials; lunch on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 February 2015; and admission to the Friday evening performance of Brian Friel's Faith Healer 
In order to meet its obligations to the hotel, the caterers, and other venue and service providers, the 2015 Conference Committee has set 31 January 2015 as the postmarked payment deadline for normal-rate registration • All participants who register on or after 1 February 2015 should add a late fee of $20 to the payment
Questions? Contact Dr. John Countryman (Berry College) • jcountryman@berry.edu
Relax and enjoy the unique combination of historic charm, modern amenities, and the best location in town at the non-smoking Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in Rome, Georgia • Near numerous restaurants and shops, this beautifully renovated 1890s warehouse with original wood floors, brick walls, and a large sky-lit atrium offers easy access to public transportation and several lobby businesses, including personal training, a salon, a boutique, and art and photography studios • Every room includes a mini-refrigerator, a microwave, and a seating area
To its guests, the hotel provides the following for free: parking; a hot-breakfast buffet; a copy of USA Today; Wi-Fi Internet access; and use of a fitness center • Handicapped-accessible rooms are available
Hawthorn Suites Rome is please to offer a specially discounted rate for conference attendees for each of its four room types (detailed below) • This offer is valid until 20 January 2015, after which date the normal hotel pricing applies • Be sure to use the phrase "Irish Studies Conference" when making your reservation: (706) 378-4837 • Please note that all rooms are subject to availability, so it's advisable to make your reservation as soon as you can
NB: Book before 20 January 2015 for the following four special ACIS South rates—
1 Queen Bed • $109.65 (excluding taxes)
1 King Bed • $118.155 (excluding taxes)
1 King Bed with River View • $126.65 (excluding taxes)
2 Queen Beds with River View and Balcony • $143.65 (excluding taxes)
Dr. John P. Harrington is Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University, New York • Harrington was educated at Columbia University and University College Dublin; and he earned his PhD in literature from Rutgers University • He has written extensively on Irish literature and culture, including The Irish Beckett (1991), The Irish Play on the New York Stage (1997), and The Life of the Neighborhood Playhouse on Grand Street (2007) • He edited W.W. Norton’s anthology Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama (1991; new edition 2008), as well as Irish Theater in America (2009) • While continuing to teach and to attend academic conferences, Harrington also lectures frequently on theater and Irish culture in non-academic settings, such as the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center Festival, New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, the Dublin Theatre Festival, the Manhattan Theatre Club, and others • He serves on the Boards of Directors of WMHT Educational Telecommunications, the co-licensee of NRP and PBS in the Albany (New York) region; the Arts Center of the Capital Region; and Mint Theater in New York City
Please direct questions about the 2015 ACIS South Conference to Dr. John Countryman of Berry College, the host institution:
For its second issue, Irish Studies South embraces the theme The Irish South • The guest editor is David T. Gleeson, Professor of American History at the University of Northumbria and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society • In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Gleeson is the author of two books, both published by the University of North Carolina Press: The Irish in the South, 1815-1877 (2001) and The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America (2013)
Traditionally, the study of the Irish in the United States focused on the large cities of the Northeast and Midwest • However, the last couple of decades have seen a burgeoning of interest in Irish America beyond those metropolises • The results of the 1990 Federal Census, the first to ask respondents to identify their ethnicity, shocked many by showing that sections of the South claimed Irish heritage to an extent that matched and even surpassed historically "Irish" swathes of the North • In the early twenty-first century, new Irish immigrants have settled across the South, often in connection with "Sunbelt" industries • Ireland has responded by establishing Consulates in both Atlanta and Austin • David Gleeson and Randall Miller are among the scholars who've exposed the significance of Irish presences in the South's agricultural, industrial, commercial, military, and religious life, while works by Kieran Quinlan, Bryan Giemza, and others have emphasized cultural connections between Ireland and the South, such as the possible Irish consciousness of Georgia author Flannery O'Connor. 
The David Gleeson-edited issue of Irish Studies South welcomes submissions from all disciplines • Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
• The Irish cultural influence on the early South of Scots-Irish and/or Anglo-Irish and/or native-Irish settlers
• Irish religious traditions in the South
• Irish political movements—whether nationalist, loyalist, or other—in the South
• Irish immigrants and Irish Southerners as shapers of the South's politics
• The significance of Irish heritage on Southern writers and artists
• Irish labor and entrepreneurial contributions to the South's economic development
• Irish music in the South
• The Irish and race relations in the South.
Before 1 February 2015, please submit your scholarly article, piece of creative writing, video essay, or other digital-friendly artifact to the guest editor, Dr. David Gleeson: david.gleeson@northumbria.ac.uk • Be sure to insert the phrase "ISS Issue 2 Submission" in the subject line
Written pieces should be sent as a Word document, formatted in Chicago style with footnotes (rather than endnotes) • Irish Studies South employs a two-part, blind, peer-review process of evaluation • Two scholars in the related field read each submission (with a third scholar being deployed in a case of conflicting or divergent opinion) • Needless to say, the submission and the reviewers' feedback are considered by the issue's guest editor
Irish Studies South accepts submissions in either the English or Irish language; however, it doesn't accept previously published work or work under consideration elsewhere