The 6th International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies

From 22-23 September 2023, the Centre for Irish Studies, Prague had the honour of hosting emerging scholars from all over the world for Reading Ireland in the 21st Century: The 6th International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies. Papers dealt with a variety of topics from the areas of history, poetry, drama, and fiction – all of excellent quality. We are excited to know that the future of Irish Studies is in good hands!

We have collected some impressions from the conference here:

If delegates have images they wish to share, please feel free to send them to with a brief note letting us know that we can share them on this website.

Werner Huber grants

We are happy to announce that participants can apply for one of two Werner Huber grants, kindly provided by EFACIS. The documents required are:

– CV
– conference abstract
– 350 words outlining reasons for applying for the EFACIS Werner Huber grant
– two references from academic staff, one of whom should be the PhD supervisor (if applicable in home institution)

These documents must be submitted to

The deadline for applications is 16th April 2023.

Selection criteria:
1. Relevance to conference theme
2. Originality
3. Circumstances of delegate concerned
4. Standard of academic writing apparent in proposal

Receivers of a Werner Huber Grant are expected to write a short testimonial for the EFACIS homepage after the event in Prague.

Paper submission

Please note:

The submission date for complete papers and ECR questionnaire is 11 June 2023.

The conference format consists of 10-minute paper summaries by authors, followed by a response from the nominated participant and a general discussion. By the end of June, you will receive another participant’s paper to which you will be expected to respond during the appointed session.

Part of the conference will include an Early Career Research and Career Building session with Dr Deirdre Flynn, Dr Petra Johana Poncarová and Prof Ondřej Pilný. To make this session as useful for participants as possible, we kindly ask you to fill in the following Google form, to gauge topics to be addressed, also by June 11th. This form is anonymous.

Link to the form:


The 6th International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies 22–23 September 2023 

Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University, Prague 


The conference will feature a Panel Session on Early Career Research and Career Building  with Dr Deirdre Flynn (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick), Dr Petra Johana Poncarová  (Charles University) and Prof Ondřej Pilný (Charles University). 


Paper proposals are invited for the biannual international postgraduate conference organised by  the Centre for Irish Studies at Charles University, Prague. As in previous years, we wish to  offer discussion space for graduate students working in Irish Studies, including those whose  background extends beyond the literary context. The title ‘Reading Ireland in the Twenty-first  Century’ hopes to inspire researchers from various disciplines and invite a wide range of  approaches to Irish Studies. It aims to open a discussion among emerging scholars of Irish  Studies today, to give insights into the different methodologies and theoretical backgrounds  being applied throughout the field, and to enable exchange between scholars from different  disciplines who all share one thing in common: an interest in Ireland. 

The conference takes place under the aegis of the European Federation of Associations and  Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS) and is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs,  Ireland.

Paper topics may include: 

• Reaching beyond established boundaries
• Minority voices and languages 
• Feminisms, masculinities, queer and gender studies 
• Rewriting traditions and shared legacies 
• Memory and trauma studies 
• Space and place 
• Precarity and liminality 
• Folklore, customs, and material culture 

Papers should be related to the topic of PhD research and address one or more of the issues  mentioned above. Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted to the organisers at by 31 January 2023. These must include the title of the paper,  your name, e-mail address and institutional affiliation, as well as any special AV requirements  for the presentation. The conference is planned as an in-person event. 

In order to provide detailed feedback for each paper, the conference format will consist of 10- minute paper summaries followed by responses from nominated participants. They will provide  feedback to the complete paper as submitted in advance and their response will be followed by  a general discussion. Participants should expect to be appointed as respondents to other papers. Complete papers are to be in the region of 3,000 words. The submission date for complete  papers is 11 June 2023. There is no registration fee for the conference. 

Do not hesitate to contact us with any further inquiries.  

Conference Committee:  
Marie Gemrichová, Klára Hutková, Nathalie Lamprecht, Ondřej Pilný