American Conference for Irish Studies 2018

ITMA Director Grace Toland is off to University College Cork from 18-22 June 2018 to attend the American Conference for Irish Studies. Responding to the conference theme, 'Environments of Irish Studies,' Grace will address attendees on the 'environment of study' at ITMA.

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ITMA’s experience in dealing with historical and contemporary media across a range of projects reveals many of the common challenges and opportunities archives face in balancing a curatorial role in the new democratised archival environment. Copyright, funding, user expectations, and digital overload are concerns for archives and libraries within the Irish studies environment. With these challenges come the rewards of opening collections to new audiences through borderless collaborations. Director Grace Toland's presentation will describe and critique a range of ITMA’s recent projects including

  • the Goodman Music Manuscript Collection; 
  • PW Joyce PORT project; and 
  • a new archival collaboration with national Irish language broadcaster TG4.

Founded in 1960, the American Conference for Irish Studies is the largest multidisciplinary organization in the field of Irish Studies. The organisation holds regional meetings across the United States, with an annual national meeting attended by over 300 delegates. This year, the conference features 4 plenary addresses:

  • Professor Ray Cashman (Indiana University) 
  • Professor Margaret Kelleher (University College Dublin)
  • Professor Ian McBride (Hertford College Oxford) 
  • Dr Kelly Sullivan (New York University)

In addition to 4 days of presentations and panels by delegates, the conference also includes a creative programme, with performances by more than a dozen artists, poets, and writers.