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Conference Theme: Health and the Global Irish Nation:

Perspectives on Environment, Disease, and the Body in Irish Studies


Ottawa, Ontario

May 31-June 3, 2023

The Canadian Association of Irish Studies looks forward to welcoming members and guests in person once again for its traditional mix of the scholarly and the social. Our 2023 conference will take place in the national capital of Ottawa and at two venues: the University of Ottawa and the Irish Ambassadorial Residence. The City of Ottawa was incorporated in 1855, selected as the national capital two years later, and the first session of Parliament was held there in the now-renowned Gothic buildings in 1866. The University of Ottawa originated in 1848 as the College of Bytown and is today the largest English-French bilingual university in the world, with a wide variety of academic programs administered across ten faculties.
Ireland has been represented in Ottawa since 1939, and the present Ambassadorial Residence, located in the Rockcliffe neighbourhood, dates from the same decade. The design for its extensive renovation won a 2010 City of Ottawa award for infill and restoration of a heritage property. Irish immigrants were prominent in the city’s pre-1855 development as Bytown, chiefly through their participation in the building of the Rideau Canal and in the region’s timber industry. Ottawa continues to be home for many Irish, with the Irish Society for the National Capital Region founded in 1957. The conference will include an optional field trip to sites of Irish interest in Ottawa and its vicinity.


Conference News/CFPs

Extended deadline of March 1: CFP for Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland annual conference.  "Colonizing and Decolonizing the Irish Nineteenth Century." Details here.

Call for Chapters, New Project:

An Ever-Shifting Kaleidoscope: The Representations of the Irish Mummy in Contemporary Literature at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century

Full details available here

Brendan Behan at 100 : Legacy and New Directions

23-24 June 2023


Full conference details here

Hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University, Prague

Keynote speakers

John Brannigan (UCD)

Deirdre McMahon


Call for articles: Yen-Chi and Phyllis Boumans are co-editing a themed issue of RISE: Review of Irish Studies in Europe. The topic is "Remapping Irish Literary and Cultural Landscapes in the Mid-Twentieth Century". The CfP could be found here:

Call for papers: EFACIS is organising its 14th EFACIS International Conference in the summer of 2023. The Conference will take place in Belfast from 24 to 27 August 2023 and the theme is 'Unions and Partitions in Ireland'. We hope to welcome CAIS members at the conference this summer! Deadline February 27, 2023.  You can find the CFP on the EFACIS website or on the conference website. 

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