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In “Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen,” W. B. Yeats asked, “But is there any comfort to be found? / Man is in love and loves what vanishes, / What more is there to say?” The old world had ended, and a new one was beginning. The year 1919 witnessed the first meeting of Dáil Éireann, the start of the Irish War of Independence, the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the publication of several episodes of Ulysses in The Egoist, the release of the expanded version of Yeats’s The Wild Swans at Coole, and Éamon de Valera’s dramatic visit to America, among many other notable events. It was, in short, a year of treaties, transitions, and tearing away, a time when Irish writers, artists, historians, intellectuals, political parties, and social movements faced the realities of a continent beginning to recover from the Great War and a nation still fighting for independence.

In the centenary year of these events, we invite Irish Studies scholars to gather in Boston, birthplace of the American Revolution and self-styled capital city of Irish America, to reflect on the 1919 era, its legacies throughout the twentieth century, and its resonances within the twenty-first. We welcome papers and panel proposals in all areas of Irish Studies, with particular interest in topics related to independence, transitional moments, and negotiated
treaties or agreements.

The city of Boston is home to world-class colleges and universities, and offers research opportunities at the Burns Library of Boston College, the Boston Public Library, and many other local archives and repositories.

Our conference hotel, the Boston Park Plaza, was renovated in 2017 and awarded a 4-star rating.  Centrally located, it is steps from the Freedom Trail, the Public Garden, Boston Common, and the T (nearest stop: Arlington Street, green line).

As a conference team, we welcome you to explore the city and its rich resources for studies of American and Irish American history, literature, drama, and social change.  Please don’t hesitate to ask us for help with anything to make your visit to Boston easier or more productive.  Feel free to contact us at  

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