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