American Conference for Irish Studies
On 17 June 1904, Molly Bloom reminisced, "yes I said yes I will Yes." Around eighty years later Ian Paisley protested, "Ulster Says No," a partial echo of "No Surrender" (the cry during the late-seventeenth-century Siege of Londonderry). Assertions of "yes" and "no"—and acts of assent and dissent—play prominently in Irish experience: past and present; at home and abroad. Our conference welcomes proposals on any aspect of Irish Studies, but it especially invites proposals that elaborate the theme,Ireland: Assent and Dissent.
Possible areas for consideration include, but are by no means limited to:
- dissenting religious and political traditions within Ireland and its diaspora;
- Theobald Wolfe Tone's ideal of "unit[ing] Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter under the common name of Irishmen";
- endorsement and dissension in Irish literature, film-making, art, and historiography;
- yes/no referenda on such issues as divorce, abortion, the Good Friday Agreement, and citizenship rights;
- "sea" and "ní hea" in Irish-language writing and politics;
- shifts from "no" to "yes" in Unionist and Republican rhetoric;
- the reality or myth of "No Irish Need Apply";
- Irish assent vis-à-vis economic, political, cultural, and military facets of Europeanization and globalization;
- suspension of the GAA's ban on foreign games;
- Irish utopias or "no-places."