The conference has attracted over 100 speakers from many discipline within Irish Studies. A number of the papers expressly addresses the interconnections between Canada and Ulster, whether historical, literary, artistic or performative. Speakers will be joining us from all over Ireland, the UK, and continental Europe, and from Asia, the US, Canada and South America. This promises to be a truly international event.
The conference will feature a walking tour of the city walls, music, drama, and recitals. We will complete the events with a gala dinner in the heart of the historical walled city of Derry.
We will hear papers in both English and Irish, and will support this with a booklet of abstracts in English.
The full schedule of speakers will be announced in March.Keynote Speakers
The Canadian Association for Irish Studies has been serving students of Irish culture for over thirty years, seeking to foster and encourage the study of Irish culture in Canada. It also works to encourage young scholars and develop the next generation of Irish studies enthusiasts as well as support discussion of current issues in Irish studies and culture through conferences, publications, and online resources. CAIS brings together all those who are committed to the promotion of Irish culture in Canada. Members of CAIS can be found in every province and territory of Canada. Members also come from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Britain, the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australasia. For the first time, CAIS is meeting in Northern Ireland, and we are welcoming them to Derry/Londonderry, the historic plantation city and major port of Canadian emigration.