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>From:         Sabine Egger <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CfP: Polish-Irish Encounters in the New and Old Europe, 
>Mary Immaculate College (University of Limerick), 3-4 October 2008
>
>Call for Papers
>
>Interdisciplinary Conference
>Mary Immaculate College (University of Limerick)
>3-4 October 2008
>
>Polish-Irish Encounters in the New and Old Europe
>
>After a long history of emigration, Ireland's economic boom during 
>the last two decades has transformed it into a country of 
>immigration. For the first time in its modern history, it has been 
>experiencing a significant inflow of migrant workers, mainly from 
>Poland. Ireland's liberal policy, allowing citizens of newer EU 
>member states access to its labour market, has not been the only 
>reason for young Poles to choose it as a key work and living 
>destination. Many perceive that there are common cultural links 
>between Poland and Ireland which seem to make the latter feel closer 
>to home than other European destinations: both are Catholic 
>countries where religion is closely linked with national identity; 
>both had a history of occupation by bigger neighbours; both 
>countries experienced mass emigration to America. Despite such 
>similarities, the growing migrant worker community has meant a first 
>experience of multiculturalism for a largely monocultural Ireland, 
>including Polish bread in Irish bakeries, the discussion of 
>employment rights for migrant workers and the adaptation of a Polish 
>soap opera on the national state broadcaster RTE.
>This conference seeks to explore the cultural and social dimension 
>of Polish-Irish relations in the present and the past from a variety 
>of angles. Culture is understood here in its broadest sense, as 
>informing concepts of individual and collective identities, thus of 
>social belonging. This is based on the assumption that human beings 
>collectively construct their social and cultural reality, that 
>literature, art, music, film and other media as well as language 
>itself are manifestations of cultures.
>Keynote speakers:
>
>Prof. John Belchem (School of History, University of Liverpool; 
>joint editor of
>Irish and Polish Migration in Comparative Perspective, Klartext: Essen, 2003)
>
>Dr. Tomasz Kamusella (Thomas Brown Lecturer, Dept of Russian and 
>Slavonic Studies, TCD & Assistant Professor, University of Opole, 
>Poland; his latest monograph, The Politics of Language and 
>Nationalisms in Modern, Central Europe, is forthcoming with Palgrave)
>
>Papers are invited on, but not restricted to, the following themes:
>
>1.      History/Social Studies:
>
>Histories of colonisation/migration
>Ethnic minorities (e.g. Jews, Lithuanians)
>Irish and Polish nationalisms
>The impact of World War I/World War II
>European integration/context
>The church in Polish/Irish history/culture/politics
>Migrant workers rights within the Irish workplace
>Women's experiences of migration
>
>2.      Education:
>
>Children's and young people's experiences of 
>migration/integration/marginalisation
>Intercultural relations in Irish classrooms
>Education policy and minority languages
>
>3.      Language/Literature:
>
>Connections between Irish and Polish writers (eg. Heaney, Paulin, Milosz)
>Translations/adaptations of Polish/Irish literary texts
>Reflections of the other culture in Irish/Polish literature
>Ethnic minorities in Polish/Irish writing
>
>4.      Film/Media/Art/Music:
>
>Connections between Irish directors/artists/composers and their 
>Polish counterparts
>Traditional music
>The reception/adaptation of Polish media/art/music in Ireland (e.g. 
>Soupy Norman; ArtPolonia)
>Reflections of the other culture in Irish/Polish art/music
>The Polish migrant community as a new target group for Irish media/advertising
>Newspaper/TV portrayal of the Polish community in Ireland
>
>Papers on any related theme will be considered. 300 word abstracts 
>in English should be submitted by email on or before 30 July 2008 to
>
>Dr. Sabine Egger
>Department of German Studies, Mary Immaculate College (University of 
>Limerick), IRELAND
>Email: <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]
>or
>Dr. John McDonagh
>Department of English, Mary Immaculate College (University of 
>Limerick), IRELAND
>Email: <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]
>
>Abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, PDF or RTF formats. If you do 
>not receive an acknowledgement of receipt within a week, you should 
>assume that your proposal was not received and contact the 
>organisers.
>The publication of selected papers in a themed volume by Peter Lang 
>has been negotiated. The book will be part of the Reimagining 
>Ireland series.
>
>For further details please visit: 
><http://www.polishirishencounters.mic.ul.ie/>http://www.polishirishencounters.mic.ul.ie/
>

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