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XVI International Conference of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies (AEDEI)

Fe/male Challenges in Irish Studies from the 19th to the 21st Centuries

 University of La Rioja (Spain), 25-27 May, 2017

Universidad de La RiojaIberus


Call for Papers

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2016, The Irish Times invited more than 40 Irish writers, critics and academics to nominate their favourite Irish woman writer and explain why in 180 words or less. The series culminated with on one side a poster of 12 of the finest Irish women writers. As Martin Doyle (2014) argues, “a deliberate pastiche of the various familiar Irish Writers posters, which do not have even a token woman among their 12 featured writers (echoing the famous Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing affair in 1990, which was so bereft of female writers that an extra volume had to be commissioned to atone)”.

Within such panorama, the organisers of the XVI Conference seek to engage prospective contributors in the discussion of challenging fe/male figures from a variety of disciplines and fields of knowledge, such as History, Politics, Economics, Religion, Art, Music, Film, Literature, Theatre, Poetry, … etc. whom delegates working on Irish Studies are interested in.

We invite papers that will assess the important role played by all these challenging fe/male figures from the 19th to the 21st Centuries in the construction of Irish identities. Papers may address topics such as:

  • Female and male challenges: joining forces
  • Fe/male experimentation and tradition: challenges in art, literature, performance, music and dance.
  • Political discursive strategies dealing with fe/male challenges at large
  • Fe/male challenges in religion, history, economics and society.
  • (Post-)colonial fe/male challenging voices
  • Female figures taking up challenges explicit in male projects/works and making them their own.
  • Northern/Southern Irish fe/male challenges
  • Irish fe/male challenges in Europe and the world: Brexit
  • Fe/male challenges, Irish studies and wine
  • Challenging fe/male figures behind well-known fe/male personages
  • Fe/male challenges and diaspora
  • Cinematic discourse and fe/male challenges
  • Fe/male challenges and power
  • Immigrant fe/male challenges
  • Fe/male challenges and memory
  • Fe/male coteries and challenge
  • Fe/male challenges and Ecocriticism


Post-graduate Seminar in Irish Studies

A special panel will be dedicated to post-graduate students who deal with Irish studies in Spain. Thus, M.A. and PhD candidates who are starting or well into their research on Irish Studies at large will be able to present their research in our conference. This will provide ample space for debate, discussion and advice.

Submission requirements and (extended) deadline:

Abstracts of no more than 250 words for twenty-minute papers should be sent to by 28 February 2017. Please, write “Abstract AEDEI 2017” under the subject heading in your e-mail. Proposals for panels, roundtables and workshops will also be welcome. Author/s information is to be provided on a separate sheet, including name, affiliation, contact address, paper title and author’s bio-note. Again, please, name the documents as follows: “Surname_Name_Abstract_AEDEI2017.doc” and “Surname_Name_AuthorInfo_AEDEI2017.doc”. A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published in book form.


Confirmed Plenary Speakers include:

Evelyn Conlon (writer)

Rob Doyle (writer)

Monica McWilliams (Ulster University in Northern Ireland)

Fintan Vallely (University College Dublin and musician)


Scientific Committee

Asier Altuna García de Salazar (Universidad de Deusto)

Teresa Caneda (Universidad de Vigo)

Rui Carvalho Homem (Universidade do Porto)

Seán Crosson (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Constanza del Río (Universidad de Zaragoza)

Juan Francisco Elices Agudo (Universidad de Alcalá)

José Francisco Fernández (Universidad de Almería)

Anne Fogarty (University College Dublin)

Luz Mar González Arias (Universidad de Oviedo)

Rosa González Casademont (Universidad de Barcelona)

María Elena Jaime de Pablos (Universidad de Almería)

Margaret Kelleher (University College Dublin)

Declan Kiberd (University of Notre Dame)

Gerardine Meaney (UCD Humanities Institute)

Marisol Morales Ladrón (Universidad de Alcalá)

Munira Mutran (Universidade de Sao Paulo)

Maureen O’Connor (University College Cork)

Juan Ignacio Oliva Cruz (Universidad de La Laguna)

Mª Auxiliadora Pérez Vides (Universidad de Huelva)

Hedwig Schwall (KU Leuven)

Inés Praga Terente (Universidad de Burgos)

Pilar Villar Argáiz (Universidad de Granada)


Organising Committee:

Mar Asensio, Cristina Cilla, José Díaz, Cristina Flores, Jonatan González y Miguel Ángel Muro


Conference Organiser:

Melania Terrazas Gallego