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:
Irish and Polish Migration in Comparative Perspective, Klartext: Essen, 2003)
 
Papers are invited on, but not restricted to, the following themes:
 
1.      History/Social Studies:
 
2.      Education:
 
3.      Language/Literature:
 
4.      Film/Media/Art/Music:
 
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
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or
Dr. John McDonagh
Department of English, Mary Immaculate College (University of Limerick), IRELAND
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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/
 

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