2012 International Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana
March 14 ~ 17
Erin at Home, Erin Abroad: Capturing the Irish Experience
From March 14th to March 17th, New Orleans is celebrating
the conclusion of the 50th anniversary celebrations of ACIS
at the historic Hotel
Monteleone in the French Quarter. In recognition
of this milestone, the Consul General of Ireland, Paul
joined by Jimmy Deenihan, Ireland’s Minister
for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs will extend
an official welcome to our members at the opening reception.
2012 also marks the 50th birthday of Cecil Woodham-Smith’s
ground-breaking book, The Great Hunger. In honor of these occasions,
we are, therefore, particularly pleased to feature as this
year’s plenary speakers Christine
Kinealy as well as Cormac Ó Gráda to
discuss the often controversial and even taboo aspects of
this tragedy and how scholarship about the Famine has evolved
during the last fifty years.
Professor of English, Theatre and Drama, whose research has
made important contributions to the fields of Joyce, Irish
literary as well as Irish drama and theatre studies will also
join us at the conference. His talk will address misnomers
about the economics of higher education—that
the Humanities and Social Sciences are financial burdens -
and outline the strategic positioning of Irish Studies within
an emergent “international” or “global” studies
In addition to these esteemed scholars, Pulitzer prize-winning
writer, Dan Barry,
from the New York Times will also be one of our speakers. His
memoir, Pull Me
Up, provides a bridge
between the subjects studied by historians and those contemplated
by poets and writers: identity, family, cultural memory and
scars. His book speaks to the contemporary Irish American experience
and is a valuable source to both historians as well as literature
The theme chosen for this conference, Erin
at Home, Erin Abroad: Capturing the Irish Experience, continues to engage
scholars in diverse fields from history to literature to art
and anthropology. The unprecedented response to our call-for-papers
attests to the pervasiveness of this theme: more than 475 scholars,
writers, actors as well as theatre and film directors from
15 different countries will present and discuss their work.
What a fitting way to conclude the 50th birthday of our organization!
We are also very pleased that CULTURE
IRELAND provided the
sponsorship for Ouroboros ,
theatre group, to participate in our conference. Denis Conway,
the artistic director of Ouroboros,
will give the address and also play Hugh O'Neill, while the
part of Archbishop Lombard will be performed by Philip O'Sullivan,
the two original actors in the well-known first production
of Brian Friel’s Making
History by Ouroboros.
In addition, James McBride of Loyola University- New Orleans,
will be joining them by reading the part of Harry Hoveden.
This is the first time that ACIS meets in New Orleans. Our
city, true to its hospitable spirit, is rolling out the red
carpet for us. Our large Irish-born and American Irish community
has opened its arms, its doors and its pocketbooks to make
this event the most memorable in our history. Specific events
will take place in private homes and businesses, adn an outpouring
of Sponsorship assures that libations adn nourishment will
measure up to New Orleans' standards. We encourage everyone
ot pay them a visit to say 'thanks'.
Specific events will take place in private homes and businesses,
and an outpouring of sponsorship assures
that libations and nourishment will measure up to New Orleans’ standards.
We encourage everyone to pay them a visit
Thanks must also go to St. Patrick for
making his day the last day of the conference. New Orleans
is a city renowned for its celebratory spirit, and our beloved
saint must feel quite at home here. We could not envision a
more fitting conclusion of our conference. Please be sure to
bring with you something green to wear to avoid standing out
on that one day where all New Orleans is Irish.
Le gach dea-mhéin,
Laura D. Kelley, Ph.D.
History Department, Tulane University
Terrence Fitzmorris, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, School of Continuing Studies, Tulane University