ACIS 2016

The University of Notre Dame will be hosting ACIS (the American Conference for Irish Studies: from March 30th to April 3rd, 2016, with the theme, ‘The Worlding of Irish Studies’. Given Notre Dame’s investment in medieval studies and the success of the interlinked series of ‘Cultures of the North Sea’ panels at last year’s Medieval Academy, a series of linked medieval panels at ACIS under the broad umbrella of ‘Medieval Ireland in its Transnational Contexts’ is being organized by Amy Mulligan (Assistant Professor of Irish Language and Literature, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies) and Lindy Brady (A.W. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellow, Medieval Institute). Really, what this means is that we’re planning a medieval ‘conference within a conference’ and would like to feature as many medievalist voices at ACIS as possible.

We are therefore seeking abstracts for papers on any aspect of medieval Irish studies. Some topics which we already know will be represented include panels on Hiberno-Latin textual culture, saints, gender and emotion, origin legends, place-lore and landscape, ecocritical approaches, specific texts (Táin, Buile Shuibhne, Acallam, Cogadh Gael re Gallaib, etc.) material culture, Viking Age Ireland, law, and medieval Anglo-Irish literature. We welcome abstracts for papers on these and other topics with the goal of making ACIS a productive conference for medievalists working on and around Ireland.

The deadline for submitting paper proposals of 250 words or less is November 15. Paper or panel proposals can be submitted directly to ACIS (, but we also encourage you to contact us directly with questions, queries, or abstracts, as we may be able to facilitate the placement of individual papers in pre-organized sessions. Please be in touch ( and with any questions, and we hope to see you at Notre Dame this spring!