Adopting Pre-Revolutionary Ireland as its theme, the 27th annual conference of ACIS-South—the Southern Chapter of the American Conference for Irish Studies—takes place from Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, 2016, in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. The host institution is Georgia State University. We welcome as keynote speaker Roy F. Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History at Hertford College, University of Oxford. 


Revolutionary change—political, social, or cultural—becomes apparent at junctures such as Easter week of 1916 or May 22, 2015, when Ireland became the first country to legalize gay marriage as the result of a popular referendum. Such watershed events don't come out of the blue. They are preceded by years or decades of preparation, and they involve diverse energies that only eventually focus on a specific aim—an aim that in hindsight can come to seem inevitable. This conference both examines the various potential futures co-existing in pre-revolutionary times and seeks to recover the sense of possibility that animates people during them.

Questions about the conference should be directed to the event's organizer, Dr. Marilynn Richarik, Professor of English, Georgia State University

In general, a given Session features a Panel A and a Panel B.

Panel A meets in Room 2150 on the 21st floor of the 25 Park Place building (Atlanta, GA, 30303). Panel B meets in Room 2343 on the 23rd floor of that building. Each room has a system-connected PC on the podium, laptop connectivity, a projector, and a microphone.

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, Marilynn Richarik, an electronic version of the paper you will present in mid-April—the actual version, not a longer exploration of the same topic. The deadline for receipt of entries is 5:00 pm Eastern on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. 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 business lunch on April 16. 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.

Venue Downtown Atlanta

Most conference sessions occur in 25 Park Place, a modern building belonging to Georgia State University, one of the Southeast's leading research universities. The official conference hotel—Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown—is just two blocks away, and prior to 5:00 pm on March 26, 2016, conference attendees can avail of specially discounted room and parking rates.



Conference registration of $200 (or $125 for current students) includes not just all conference sessions and the keynote address, but also the conference dinner on Thursday; the ACIS-South business lunch on Friday; and a concluding party on Saturday night. In addition, it covers morning coffee and pastries—plus some daytime snacks—on Friday and Saturday.


Keynote Prof. Roy Foster

The Carroll Professor of Irish History at Hertford College, University of Oxford—and the author of such studies as Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923 (Oxford University Press, 2014)—Roy Foster plays prominent public roles in the United Kingdom and Ireland, writing for mainstream publications, broadcasting, and giving public lectures.