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History of the Association


The IAAS was founded in 1970 to promote American Studies in Ireland. The founding members included Alan Graham (Queen’s, Belfast), Denis Donoghue (UCD; now NYU), Peggy O’Brien (TCD; now UMass Amherst), and Tony Emmerson (Ulster). Over the decades we have supported successive generations of students and scholars in the universities and colleges across the island in their postgraduate and postdoctoral work and as they set out on their academic careers in American Studies.

We are a constituent member of the European Association for American Studies (EAAS) and our current EAAS board representative is Dr Philip McGowan (QUB). All of our members are automatically members of the EAAS, and are encouraged to attend the biennial EAAS Conference.

A copy of our Constitution can be found here.

EAAS 2010

A significant highlight in the IAAS’s recent history was the co-hosting of the 2010 EAAS conference by the University of Dublin, Trinity College and the Clinton Institute for American Studies at University College Dublin.

Discussions in cultural studies, history, film, photography, literature, healthcare, music, geography, art and politics under the theme “Forever Young”? The Changing Images of America for four days in the two venues were enthusiastically received, and a volume of essays from the conference, edited by Stephen Matterson and Philip Coleman was published in June 2012.