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Global Ireland: Transnational Networks of Migration and Belonging

San José State University, California
June 7-10, 2023

With approximately 70 million people around the world identifying as having Irish heritage, and 17 percent of the population at home being foreign-born, few places are as “global” as Ireland. In his 2022 Saint Patrick’s Day message to the Irish people at home and abroad, the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins emphasized this when he encouraged the Irish to embrace “our role as global citizens [and] our responsibility to work with fellow citizens across all continents for a better, fairer, and more inclusive world.”

We invite Irish Studies scholars to gather in San José, California, at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay Area, and home to one of the largest Irish communities in the United States, to explore Ireland’s role within transnational networks of migration, diaspora, culture, politics, (post)colonialism, economics, advocacy, and social justice, among others. While the conference’s central theme is “transnationalism,” we welcome papers and panel proposals in all subject areas of Irish Studies.

San José State University (SJSU) is California’s oldest institution of public higher education. The campus is located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to enable students and faculty to participate in a global society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. San Francisco, Berkeley, Stanford, Santa Cruz, the Monterrey Peninsula, redwood forests, wineries, and the California coastline are all within an hour’s drive of downtown San José. The conference has also received financial support from the Dean’s Office, College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Post-Conference Walking Tour of Downtown San Francisco

The annual meeting officially ends on Saturday 10 June, but for those interesting in staying longer to learn more about the history of the Irish in the San Francisco area, there will be an organized walking tour of downtown San Francisco. Co-led by Drs. Myles Dungan (historian, author, and RTE Broadcaster) and Glen Gendzel (Professor of History, San José State University), the tour will focus on historical sites relating to Irish immigration. Those wishing to attend the walking tour may avail themselves of two nights lodging at the Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco for the nights of Sunday, June 11 and Monday, June 12 at a rate of $199 per room, per night. The walking tour will take place on Monday, June 11.

Submission Guidelines

Individual papers and panel submissions (3-4 participants) are welcomed, as are proposals for presentations in non-traditional formats such as roundtables, discussion groups, or seminars. Abstracts should be 250 words in length and should include a brief (100-word) bio of the presenter. Please note that participation in ACIS 2022 is available only to American Conference for Irish Studies members in good standing. Details on joining ACIS or renewing your membership can be found at Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis, but the final deadline for submission will be Friday, January 13, 2023.

Conference organizers are Dr. Matthew Spangler (San José State University) and Dr. Cian T. McMahon (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

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