5th International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies

Ireland in Europe

13 September 2019


At an event on “The Challenge of a New Irish Studies” in 2017, Terence Brown identified the most pressing question facing scholars in the field in terms of European, rather than Irish, identity: “the question is,” Brown asserted, “what is Europe?” As well as being central to political debates across the continent, this question’s rising importance in an Irish context is evident in recent research. From reconsiderations of Ireland’s engagement with the two world wars to reframings of Ireland’s “language question” in a broader context, the study of Irish culture in the context of Europe has yielded some of the most exciting research results over the last couple of decades, significantly reshaping the discipline of Irish Studies. The examination of the extensive web of links between Irish and other European cultures and histories has inadvertently gained in urgency after the result of the Brexit referendum in June 2016 as extreme forms of nationalism have come to dominate the discourse around the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The conference is going to address these issues with special attention to the multiplicity of relations with Europe.


The conference takes place under the aegis of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS), and is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund Project “Creativity and Adaptability as Conditions of the Success of Europe in an Interrelated World” (No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/ 0000734).


In order to provide detailed feedback for each paper, the conference format will consist of 15-minute summaries followed by responses from nominated participants, who will respond to the complete paper as submitted in advance; their response will be followed by a general discussion. Participants should expect to be appointed as respondents to other papers. Complete papers are expected to be in the region of 3 000 words, with a submission date of 17 June 2019.


The closing session, co-presented by Dr Lisa Fitzpatrick (Ulster University) and Prof. Ondřej Pilný (Charles University), will focus on research and publication opportunities, career building, and funding in Irish Studies.



Conference Committee:

Markéta Pospíšilová, James Little and Ondřej Pilný


Contact e-mail: praguepostgraduate@gmail.com