Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The Canadian Association for Irish Studies/L'Association canadienne d'études irlandaises and the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, Universityof Aberdeen, invite you to participate in On the Edge—an international and interdisciplinary conference to be held 19 - 23 June 2013 at Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


The conference venue, itself, is on an edge between the North American continent and the Pacific Ocean, and we hope that it will provide a stimulating setting for discussion of the conference themes. We ask potential presenters to explore the idea of the edge creatively and critically, in all its manifestations and evocations. The edge can be a space (physical, social, cultural, political) between the known and the unknown. It can be a place of endings and beginnings. It can be a border and hence a potential site of marginalization, tension, and conflict. Or it can be more permeable—a contact zone where cultures meet and interact or where border crossings are fluid and ongoing. Transgression often takes place at edges and signals a challenge to boundaries and binaries. The result of such destabilization can often be transformation. The conference theme speaks to disability studies (bodies on the edge) and mental health studies (minds on the edge). It also suggests edginess—the provocative, located at the leading edge.


Conference organizers welcome paper, panel, and presentation proposals from adiversity of individuals or groups engaged in Irish and/or Scottish studies, includinggraduate students, junior and senior scholars, independent scholars, public andcommunity historians, authors, poets, artists, musicians, dancers, activists, andcommunity associations. We encourage participants to engage with the conferencethemes, although papers and presentations dealing with other issues will alsobe considered. Panels that explore transnationalisms, cross over disciplinaryboundaries, or speak to the cutting edge of theory, practice, or pedagogy will beparticularly welcomed.
To apply as a panel, please submit a title and abstract of the session (2 pagesmaximum), including the names of the chair and each of the panel members as wellas a 250-word biography or one-page CV for each participant. To submit individualproposals, please provide a paper or presentation title and an abstract of no morethan 350 words, along with a 250-word biography or one-page CV.