We invite writers, practitioners and critics to address the shaping role of literature in Irish life and to consider the question of whether Irish Studies itself needs to change in the face of shifting social realities.
In addition to the history of political, social and cultural change, the conference theme addresses temporalities of change; the literature of changed lives; the affective power of literature to generate change; the experience of migration and travel; and the languages, media and forms though which Irish literatures move across time and space.
Participants are invited to consider the topic in a wide range of ways, which may include:
Change as it is experienced between places, states and cultures, bearing in mind Ireland’s complex experience of inward and outward migration;
Changes across times and periods, in the context of political revolution; historical change; and theories of transmission and transformation;
The changes that occur when Irish writing is adapted, digitized and translated;
The changing history of media and cultural forms: adaptation, remediation, seriality and sequels; Continuities in Irish culture.