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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, receive the EAAS Newsletter and Bulletin, and are encouraged to attend the biennial EAAS Conference. In 2012, the EAAS gathered in Izmir, Turkey, and the last EAAS conference was held in The Hague, Netherlands in 2014. 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.

EAAS 2016

The biennial EAAS conference will take place from 22 to 25 April 2016 in the lovely coastal town of Constanta, Romania. The call for papers is open until June 15th. More information here.