Southern Chapter • AMERICAN CONFERENCE FOR IRISH STUDIES • Annual Conference 2016
Second-Day Plenary Address • 2:00 - 3:15 pm • Friday, April 15, 2016
Speakers' Auditorium • Georgia State University Student Center • 44 Courtland Street, Atlanta, GA 30303
"What to Do with Their Lovely Past?":
The Politics of Commemorating the Easter Rising
Keynote Address by Róisín Higgins PhD, Senior Lecturer in History, Teesside University
Specializing in the politics of historical memory, Róisín Higgins is the author of Transforming 1916: Meaning, Memory, and the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Easter Rising (Cork University Press, 2012). That study won the 2012 ACIS James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for the best book in history and social science. Currently, Higgins serves as the historical advisor for the Commemoration Zone of the permanent exhibition in the General Post Office in Dublin, a focal point of the Easter Rising Centenary commemoration.
At 3:30 pm on Friday 4/15, following Dr. Higgins's Pleanary Address, the 2016 ACIS-South Conference cordially invites all attendees to remain in Speakers' Hall to enjoy A Showcase of ACIS Poets, with Nathalie Anderson as emcee:
Nathalie Anderson (Swarthmore College) • Heather Corbally Bryant (Wellesley College)
Ed Madden (University of South Carolina) • Adrian Rice (Appalachian State University)
Ann Neelon (Murray State University).
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.