Deadline Extended – Friday 16th March 2018.

EDEN: All Island Interdisciplinary Conference
Hosted by the Early Doctoral Exchange Network (EDEN) at NUI Galway.
‘2018: Borders and Bodies – Current Perspectives on Irish Research
National University of Ireland, Galway
Dates: 27th-28th April

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
Prof. Margaret Kelleher (UCD, Dublin);
Prof. Dan Rebellato (Royal Holloway, University of London).

EDEN: All Island Interdisciplinary Conference invites postgraduate and early doctoral researchers to explore the theme Borders and Bodies. This interdisciplinary research day will provide an exciting opportunity for postgraduates from across the humanities to share their unique responses to this topic. In bringing together a diverse selection of voices – and bodies – the conference will offer a unique space to disseminate and discuss your ideas. We welcome submissions from those studying in the Republic and Northern Ireland, as well as those more broadly interested in Irishness.

The Borders and Bodies theme invites a range of approaches including those related to politics, identity, the body, canonicity, subjectivity, language, human rights, geography, and law, as well as pedagogical, practice based, and dramatic interpretation. The conference welcomes submissions for academic papers, short performance pieces, and practice based explorations.

2018, in Ireland, marks the 20 years success of the Good Friday Agreement and the stain of Direct Provision, it also marks a century of female suffrage and remembers the April 23rd General Strike in opposition to conscription of Irish men to the British military. The global political environment has witnessed the reinforcement of borderlines and the entrenchment of a cultural capital of fear and xenophobia.

This conference asks how as researchers we engage with the Body and Borders, ideologically, academically, socially, and practically. Does the political environment inflect or affect our own research boundaries or the academy in which we sit? How do we, as new researchers, play a role? In which direction are the arts headed during this time? How do we — as academics, as writers, as makers, as doers — respond to our current moment and look towards what is ahead of us?

Proposals for papers (20 minutes) are now welcome on any new research by postgraduate researchers on topics including (but not limited to):


*Print, propaganda, and public opinion

*Embodiment, the body, bodies

*Territories or mapping of social identity

*Performance as knowledge

*Practitioning bodies

*Bodies of knowledge: legal, medical, academic, political

*Revolting Histories

*Writing (and rewriting) the past

*Public engagement, heritage, and modern Ireland

*Ethnicity and identity

*Mobility, migration

*Digital media and Irish life

*Minority Languages

*Minor Literatures


Postgraduates, postdoctoral scholars, early-career researchers and independent researchers from across the humanities are invited to submit proposals for consideration. Proposals that include an interdisciplinary element are strongly encouraged.

The call for papers will close on Friday 16th March 2018.

Abstracts of 250 words and short biographies (approx 100 words) can be submitted to:
Note: All technical requirements should be communicated to the conference committee with the abstract submission.

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