UGA to host annual American Conference for Irish Studies March 23-26, 2022


UGA to host annual American Conference for Irish Studies March 23-26, 2022



American Conference for Irish Studies
National Conference

March 23-26, 2022
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

Border Crossings: Cultures, Communities, Centenaries

“We must go to Athens. Will you come if I can get the aunt to fork out twenty quid?”
– James Joyce, Ulysses (1922)


As we look forward to gathering in the aftermath of a global pandemic that has affected us all, Border Crossings will reconnect the scholarly and social networks that make the American Conference for Irish Studies the welcoming home it is for all of us who think about Ireland, in all creative, public, and scholarly forms.

The American South and Ireland have deep, complex, and continuing cultural connections. Athens is home to the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s leading public research institutions. It is also one of America’s classic college towns, and is best known globally as the home of R.E.M., who themselves have a deep affection for Ireland, and their many experiences there. The conference will offer opportunities to enjoy Athens’s music and cultural scene, from the 40 Watt Club to the Georgia Museum of Art.

The state of Georgia is home to many cultural riches, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Andalusia, the Milledgeville home of Flannery O’Connor, and the archival collections of Emory University, which include papers of Seamus Heaney, Ciaran Carson, and many others. Georgia is also home to a diverse and beautiful landscape, which will be in full flower in the Spring from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Savannah.

The conference will include a series of keynote conversations between artists, writers, scholars, and public figures from diverse perspectives, each of which will address the idea of Border Crossings in readings, performances, and talk.

Border Crossings is an invitation to think about ideas of Ireland in transition, historically, aesthetically, politically, creatively. 2022 marks many centenaries, including those of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, the vote for the Anglo-Irish Treaty, and the beginning of the Irish Civil War after partition. These are all points of departure from which to think about Ireland, as an island environment, as a society, a culture, and a community, in the past, the present, and the next century.

The online portal for submissions will open in early August 2021.

The 2022 ACIS National Conference includes the Southern Regional Conference.


ACIS 2022 Steering Committee

Chair: Nicholas Allen (University of Georgia)

Natalie Anderson (Swarthmore)
Rand Brandes (Lenoir-Rhyne University)
Cara Delay (College of Charleston)
Makenzie Fitzgerald (Emory University)
Geraldine Higgins (Emory University)
Jeff Holdridge (Wake Forest University)
Howard Keeley (Georgia Southern University)
Joseph Kelly (College of Charleston)
Kathryn Kirkpatrick (Appalachian State University)
Jennifer Knight (University of South Florida)
Matthew Knight (University of South Florida)
Bryan McGovern (Kennesaw State University)
James McNaughton (University of Alabama)
Ed Madden (University of South Carolina)
Kelly Matthews (Framingham University)
Kerry Neville (Georgia College)
Peter O’Neill (University of Georgia)
Nathanael O’Reilly (University of Texas at Arlington)
Marilynn Richtarik (Georgia State University)
Aidan Wasley (University of Georgia)