The 2nd EDEN All Island Interdisciplinary Conference (#EDEN2018) is almost here! We look forward to seeing you all at NUI Galway on 27-28 April.

The conference schedule is now live and can be viewed here.

Please register for the conference at our Eventbrite page. Registration (for both speakers and auditors) is FREE.

This year’s conference features plenary talks by Prof. Dan Rebellato (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Prof. Margaret Kelleher (UCD, Dublin), and will be hosted at the Hardiman Research Building. 

The conference invites postgraduate and early doctoral researchers to explore the theme Borders and Bodies. This interdisciplinary research day will provide an exciting opportunity for postgraduates from across the humanities to share their unique responses to this topic. In bringing together a diverse selection of voices – and bodies – the conference will offer a unique space to disseminate and discuss your ideas. We have papers from those studying in the Republic and Northern Ireland, as well as those more broadly interested in Irishness.

2018, in Ireland, marks the 20 years success of the Good Friday Agreement and the stain of Direct Provision, it also marks a century of female suffrage and remembers the April 23rd General Strike in opposition to conscription of Irish men to the British military. The global political environment has witnessed the reinforcement of borderlines and the entrenchment of a cultural capital of fear and xenophobia.

This conference asks how as researchers we engage with the Body and Borders, ideologically, academically, socially, and practically. Does the political environment inflect or affect our own research boundaries or the academy in which we sit? How do we, as new researchers, play a role? In which direction are the arts headed during this time? How do we — as academics, as writers, as makers, as doers — respond to our current moment and look towards what is ahead of us?

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Find us on Facebook! You can also follow us on Twitter at @eden_nuigThe conference hashtag is #EDEN2018.

The 2nd EDEN All-Island Interdisciplinary Conference is proudly supported by the Moore Institute, the School of Humanities, the Department of English, and the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway.