AEDEI

AEDEI 2022 (Burgos)

It is a pleasure to announce the Call For Papers for the 20th International AEDEI Conference that is being organised by the University of Burgos with the focus on the appealing and timely topic of “Ireland in Transformation (1922-2022).” We are looking forward to meeting all of you in the beautiful city of Burgos in early June (June 2-3, 2022). 

Call for papers

After five years of struggle for independence, the proclamation of the Irish Free State on December 6, 1922 marked the beginning of a unique episode in Irish history. The 20th century witnessed relevant events such as the partition of Ireland and the consolidation of the Republic, which featured a nationalism characterized by self-sufficiency and a marked protectionist policy. This tendency changed from 1973 onwards, when Ireland joined the European Economic Community. The last decades have witnessed a rapid diversification of Irish society, which has made the country a benchmark for economic success characterised by the interplay between the local and the global, and during this time, the field of Irish Studies has undergone a profound transformation.

The exploration of and reconciliation with a past of colonial oppression, and the understanding of national Irish culture, history and society, have gone hand in hand with the modernisation and internationalisation of the island. Furthermore, recent decades have accelerated processes of industrialization, urbanisation and globalisation, with the
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) becoming “a pressing contemporary issue” (Halperin, 2006: 533) in Ireland today, and resulting in noticeable demographic changes and the secularization of society. Undoubtedly, contemporary Ireland faces important challenges ahead in the post-Brexit European Union and in its political relations
with the United Kingdom and its borders. Further, the Covid-19 pandemic situation has spurred connections and altered interpersonal relations in ways still to be fathomed.

These transformations have brought to light societal wounds and challenges that include the institutionalisation of unmarried mothers and their children, multiculturalism and the integration of minorities, the debate around reproductive rights, and the housing problem. As a response to these asymmetries of power, social movements and activism have taken a decisive role in campaigns such as repealing the eighth amendment of the Irish Constitution,
the MeToo movement, the Marriage Equality referendum, the Extinction Rebellion global movement to combat climate change, and the fight against homelessness, among others. Also, several Irish authors have been using their art to engage with questions about political agency and subjectivity, providing “a sustained reflection on the precarity of individual life in the face of national and planetary challenges” (Sen 2019: 14).


In the light of these changes, the field of Irish Studies has progressively incorporated new angles and perspectives in conversation with a wide range of academic disciplines and theoretical approaches. Within this field, the Asociación Española de Estudios Irlandeses (AEDEI) is celebrating its 20th International Conference, with an eye on what has been
accomplished so far in the socio-political and cultural arenas, and what lies ahead of us for a better understanding of Ireland as a country in transformation. To this end, this conference has a broad and international focus, and encourages critical and transdisciplinary approaches to the complex experiences, narratives and changes lived in Ireland in the last century, as well as to the dissenting, alternative and innovative social, literary and artistic expressions that inform its near future.


The organisers welcome proposals for 20-minute papers in English on topics including, but not limited to, the following:


• National identity and global relations: Past, Present and Future.
• Liminality, vulnerability and change.
• New voices, new artistic forms and genres.
• Social (in)justice, activism and ethics.
• Tradition, memory and trauma.
• Northern/Southern and international dialogues.
• Diversity, multiculturality and hybridisation.
• Digital humanities.
• Class, race, gender and sexualities.
• Irish studies and the neoliberal discourse.
• Irish studies and climate crisis.

Submission requirements and important dates

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to aedei2022@ubu.es by 20 February. Proposals for panels, roundtables and workshops will be welcome.


When submitting, please, write “Abstract AEDEI 2022” under the subject heading in your e-mail. Author/s information is to be provided on a separate sheet, including name, affiliation, contact address, paper title and author’s bio-note. Please, name the documents as follows:

  • Surname_Name_Abstract_AEDEI2022.doc
  • Surname_Name_AuthorInfo_AEDEI2022.doc

A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published either in book form, or in a special issue of an international journal.

Scientific Committee

  • Asier Altuna García de Salazar (Universidad de Deusto)
  • Teresa Caneda Cabrera (Universidade de Vigo)
  • José Francisco Fernández (Universidad de Almería)
  • Laura P. Z. Izarra (Universidade de Sao Paulo)
  • 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)
  • María Auxiliadora Pérez Vides (Universidad de Huelva)
  • Aida Rosende Pérez (Universitat de les Illes Balears)
  • Hedwig Schwall (KU Leuven)
  • Stephanie Schwerter (Université de Valenciennes)
  • Moynagh Sullivan (Maynooth University)
  • Melania Terrazas Gallego (Universidad de la Rioja)
  • Pilar Villar Argáiz (Universidad de Granada)

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