CFP: The Global Irish Diaspora, First International Congress, 15-19 August 2017

University College Dublin

First Call for Papers

Archaeology * History * Anthropology * Folklore * Art, Music, Literature

This is the inaugural congress in a triennial series that examines the histories, cultures, heritages and identities of Irish communities beyond Ireland’s shores.

More than 70 million people worldwide can claim descent from Irish emigrants. For many decades there has been considerable scholarly interest in the history of emigration from Ireland, from its beginnings in the middle ages (to Britain and parts of Europe) through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (to all corners of the globe), and in how ‘Irishness’ has been and continues to be maintained and expressed by descendant communities. However, the sheer scale of the Irish diaspora has created obstacles to an international conversation and exchange of ideas. Comparative perspectives will greatly enhance our worldwide research on subjects such as the many causes of Irish migration, the types of people who migrated, the shared or divergent experiences of the migrants in different places and times, the material remains of diaspora, the impact of migrations on host populations and cultures, and relationships between diasporic communities and Ireland.

This congress provides a stage for this long-needed, international exchange and discussion. Researchers from many fields and from every corner of the world are invited to Dublin to attend four days of plenaries and parallel sessions, where they can present their work, meet fellow-researchers, exchange ideas, and establish research networks within and across disciplinary boundaries.

Proposals are invited for Research Papers, Sessions, and/or Posters.

Contributions may be of an empirical nature, or may address such themes as migration, transnationalism, colonialism, postcolonialism, and all perspectives from all disciplines are welcome. There are no restrictions on subject-content as we explore creating new disciplinary alliances and intellectual synergies in the field of Irish diaspora research.

The Early Bird conference registration fee (until March 31, 2017) for four days is 200 Euros, and 100 Euros for students, and can be paid online, starting in October. Accommodation will be available on campus for those who wish to stay in UCD for the duration of the congress, and further details will be posted on the conference web site.

To submit a proposal, please fill in the form available at

Your proposal will be considered within five days of submission. Please note that you will have an opportunity to fine-tune your title and abstract before it is published on the congress web-site, so a provisional title and abstract can be submitted, provided they remain close to the final version. Please send your completed form and any questions or comments via email to

International advisory committee: Stephen Brighton, University of Maryland; Dominic Bryan, Queen’s University Belfast; Heather Burke, Flinders University; Malcolm Campbell, University of Auckland; Christopher C. Fennell, University of Illinois; Pedro Paulo A. Funari, University of Campinas; Martin Gibbs, University of New England; Dianne Hall, Victoria University; Liam Kennedy, University College Dublin; Kevin Kenny, Boston College; Donal McCracken, University of KwaZulu-Natal; Mark McGowan, University of Toronto; Guillermo MacLoughlin, Univ. Nacional de La Plata; Kerby Miller, University of Missouri; Bill Mulligan, Murray State University; Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Concordia University; Tadhg O’Keeffe, University College Dublin; Charles E. Orser Jr., Vanderbilt University; Celeste Ray, University of the South (Sewanee); Deborah Rotman, University of Notre Dame; Regina Uí Chollatáin, University College Dublin; Clair Wills, Princeton University; and David Wilson, University of Toronto.