EFACIS 2019: Stage Irish

The Twelfth Conference of EFACIS

29 August–1 September 2019 - University of Ljubljana

First Call For Papers

Stage Irish

In Memory of Professor Werner Huber (1952–2016)

Professor of English and American Language and Literature, University of Vienna (2005–2016).


The theme of ‘Stage Irish’ offers the opportunity to debate questions regarding the interfaces between performance, performativity, spectatorship, and identity. Through discussions of Irish literature, drama, art, music, film, television, and popular culture, the conference will explore diverse modes of (mis)representing, performing, articulating, witnessing, and deconstructing Irishness as a parochial, (inter)national, gendered, religious, artistic identity. This focus reveals tensions between self-image and Othering, innovation and cliché, cultural production and negotiated reception, and allows us to address a diverse range of themes and historical-cultural contexts, including,


- Representations and constructions of ‘Irishness’ across genres, media, and platforms, from strange ‘Others’ to comic fools, from lower-class drunkards to nationalist archetypes, from the Celtic Tiger to the 2008 Crash and beyond

- Clichés, Stereotypes, Autostereotypes, Heterostereotypes, Essentialising, Stigmatising, Othering

- Masks, Pseudonyms, Fake Knowledge, Forgery, Irish Bulls, Role-Playing, Dissembling, Hoaxing

- Bearing Witness, Collective Memory, Kitsch, Folklore, Nostalgia, Cultural Mythology

- Intersectional Irishness: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Citizenship, Migration, Critical Whiteness Studies

- Body Politics, Performativity, Desire, Embodiment, Gazing, Situated Cognition

- The Semiotics of Space, Movement, Costumes, Outfits, Uniforms, Sartorial Style, Objects, Props

- The Sacred & the Profane, the Carnivalesque & the Grotesque, the Irish Comic Tradition

- Genre: Comic & Tragic Passions; Musical Theory & Practice; Page, Stage & Screen

- Circulation of Power, Containment, Subversion, Law, In/Justice, Structural Violence, Capital Punishment

- Reception Studies, Adaptation Studies, Cultural Refractions, Appropriations, Creative Receptions

- Performances in/of the Everyday: St Patrick’s Day Parades, Pub Crawls, Sports, Concerts, Religious Rites & Sectarian Riots, Political Theatre, Protests, Lecture Theatres, Digital & Social Media, etc.



This conference is dedicated to the memory of the late Professor Werner Huber (University of Vienna) and draws inspiration from Professor Huber’s research interests and great contribution to the development of Irish Studies.


Abstracts and Submissions:

If you would like to propose a paper (not exceeding 20 minutes), or panel (maximum 3 speakers) please submit your title and an abstract of 250 words accompanied by a short biographical sketch to: efacis2019@univie.ac.at


Deadline for abstracts: 15 January 2019


Conference Organisers:

Igor Maver (Head of the American Studies Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme, Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana)

Dieter Fuchs & Paul Fagan (Heads of the Vienna Centre for Irish Studies, University of Vienna)



NB: Only paid-up members of EFACIS are eligible to present papers at this conference. Membership subscriptions for EFACIS may be taken out or renewed with conference registration. Membership of EFACIS is €30 for individuals, €15 for graduate/postgraduate students and membership through institutional affiliation (institutes and research centres). To join EFACIS beforehand, please contact the EFACIS Treasurer, David Grant at davidgrant@leuveninstitute.eu or visit our website at   http://www.efacis.eu/site/page.php?doc_id=862



Werner Huber Travel Bursaries

EFACIS is offering four Werner Huber Travel Bursaries to the value of €200 each to postgraduate students who wish to participate in the EFACIS 2019 conference in University of Ljubljana. Please find information below regarding the documents required and criteria for assessing those who wish to be considered for a scholarship.



Documents required for consideration for EFACIS postgraduate scholarship


- Conference proposal (following criteria outlined above) and CV


- 350 word document outlining reasons for applying for the EFACIS Bursary.


- 2 references from academic staff – one of whom should be your supervisor – in your home institution.


Please submit your abstract and bio via the EFACIS 2019 email address, efacis2019@univie.ac.at

Additionally, please send these documents together with your CV, references and 350 word document outlining reasons for applying for the EFACIS Scholarship to efacispres@gmail.com


Deadline for applications: 15 January 2019



Criteria for Assessing Postgraduate students for EFACIS Scholarship

(only EFACIS members may be considered for the postgraduate scholarship (15 Euro per calendar year))


1. Relevance to conference theme


2. Originality


3. Circumstances of student concerned


4. Standard of academic writing apparent in proposal