The IAAS was founded in the 1970s as an all-island association for the study of American literature, politics, art and culture in Ireland. Read more about the association’s early days here.
Welcome to the Irish Association for American Studies’ website, the home for information about American studies for academics, scholars and students in Ireland, Northern Ireland and associated organisations across Europe.
Whether you are a student, independent scholar or affiliated with an academic institution on the island of Ireland, we hope you will be a regular visitor to this site and become an active contributor at our regular IAAS events.
The Irish Association for American Studies (IAAS) is an all-Ireland association that, for over 40 years, has fostered, promoted and supported research into the multiple fields of American Studies in Ireland. Membership is open to anyone interested in or inspired by study of the United States.
Our mission is the development of American studies across Ireland for the benefit of teachers, students and the wider public by offering resources and support for those wishing to deepen their understanding of the multiple areas of United States culture and scholarship. We are motivated to broaden and expand academic exchange in American Studies on the island of Ireland and further afield. Our Executive Committee is currently constituted of members from the University of Dublin, University College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Ulster, the University of Limerick, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, the Clinton Institute and University College Cork.
Each year one of the member institutions in Ireland or Northern Ireland hosts an annual conference (in 2013 this will be held in the University of Limerick, on the 26 & 27 April, on the theme Freedom Proclaimed and a Postgraduate Symposium in Dublin (the next symposium on Transnational Americas will take place on January 19 2013 at the Clinton Institute for American Studies).