Irish studies

CFP: RISE Journal

CFP: RISE Journal

Call for Papers

Review of Irish Studies in Europe 4.1

Medbh McGuckian is one of Ireland’s foremost poets and, to celebrate her 70th year (2020), the Review of Irish Studies in Europe (RISE) is devoting an issue to her work. We welcome articles focused either on individual collections by her (of which she has written fifteen to date), or on topics such as


  • Medbh McGuckian and the Troubles
  • Medbh McGuckian and Feminist (Revisionary) Critique
  • The Influence of Medbh McGuckian’s Work
  • Stylistic Innovation in Medbh McGuckian’s Verse
  • Colour Symbolism in the Work of Medbh McGuckian
  • Space/Place in Medbh McGuckian’s Oeuvre
  • The Body and Desire in Medbh McGuckian’s Work
  • Intertextuality and the Poetry of Medbh McGuckian
  • Medbh McGuckian and Her Contemporaries


Abstracts (200 words) to be sent by 18th October 2019.

Articles should be 7000-8000 words in length. The deadline for submission of articles is 6th January 2020.

Abstracts and papers to be sent to

CFP: Language and Violence: Literary Mediations in the Age of the Anthropocene

CFP: Language and Violence: Literary Mediations in the Age of the Anthropocene

Language and Violence:
Literary Mediations in the Age of the Anthropocene

Facultade de Filoloxía e Tradución
Universidade de Vigo in partnership with the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

16th and 17th January 2020


The “Language and Violence: Literary Mediations in the Age of the Anthropocene” international conference seeks to explore the way in which violence appears to have impregnated contemporary literary discourse. The destruction of the environment, animal cruelty, social and gender brutality, amongst others, are some of the most obscene manifestations of human violence. This conference aims to identify the discursive codes that perpetuate violence through notions of subalternity, oppression, hegemonic power and class struggle.

The urge to analyse how language acts in worldmaking motivates this conference, which will consider how we think and feel about ourselves and about other beings, be they human and/or non-human. Dichotomies such as centre vs periphery, power vs resistance, global vs local, for instance, can be identified among the issues explored by contemporary authors in the cultural fictions of the Anthropocene – a term that marks a point of inflection due to the massive impact of humankind on the ecosystem. The various manifestations of violence in literary discourse expose the social changes of the last few decades and assist us in the reassessment of the ties between literature and public affairs.

We are interested in proposals that bear witness to how discourse on violence is experienced through the most diverse literary practices.
With this idea in mind, we invite all those who wish to participate in the “Language and Violence: Literary Mediations in the Age of the Anthropocene” international conference to send their proposals for twenty-minute papers, exploring the questions presented here, with an abstract of no more than 250 words to before 15 September 2019. Papers are welcome in either English, Spanish, Galician or Portuguese. Notification of outcomes will be announced by the end of September. Please include title, name, institution and  email. Among other possible avenues of research, the following are suggested:

– Animal Studies – Refugee literature
– Ecocriticism – Crime fiction
– Social exclusion – Language and worldmaking
– Gender Studies – Globalisation
– Diasporic identities – Environmental humanities

More information about the conference at:




Irish Centre for Galician Studies

University College Cork

Thursday 5th September 2019

Following the success of the symposium ‘Ecocritical Encounters: Women and Nature in Galician and Irish Cultural Production’ in 2017, the Irish Centre for Galician Studies at University College Cork will host another event related to ecocritical issues. The focus of this symposium will be the complex nature of the relationship that often exists  between humans and animals, and how these interactions are reflected in Irish and Galician cultural production. We encourage comparative views and critical responses to environmental issues with particular emphasis on animal studies and the representation of animals in Irish and Galician literature, film, visual arts and other forms of cultural production.

Please send your abstract (max. 200 words) for a 20-minute paper and a brief biographical note to Dr Martín Veiga ( by Wednesday 31st July 2019.

Thematic areas may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Animals and humans

Animals and Irish culture

Animals in Galician culture

Ecocriticism and the animal turn

Representation of animals in Irish and Galician cultural production

Animals and animality

Dr Martín Veiga Lecturer, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Director, Irish Centre for Galician Studies School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures University College Cork Cork Ireland T +353(0)214902108 E

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