Program Updates


Some last-minute changes have been made to our program.  To see the changes, click here.

Posted: 2013-06-19

Registration now open!


Registration for On the Edge: Transitions, Transgressions, and Transformations in Irish and Scottish Studies is now open.

Please click here to register.

Posted: 2013-04-02



Welcome to the conference website for On the Edge: Transitions, Transgressions, and Transformations in Irish and Scottish Studies. The conference will take place from 19 to 23 June 2013 in Harbour Centre on the downtown campus of Simon Fraser University,Vancouver, BC.

Our goal is to create and nurture connections among a diversity of individuals and groups engaged in Irish and/or Scottish studies, including graduate students, junior and senior scholars, independent scholars, public and community historians, authors, poets, artists, musicians, dancers, activists, and community associations. Our sessions will provide a range of opportunities to participate, from academic panels to public workshops and presentations.

We hope that you will be able to join us!

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When: 19 to 23 June 2013

Where: Harbor Centre, Suite 2000, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada (Map and Location Website)

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Louis de Paor, National University of Ireland, Galway
"Genuine mountain butter and clever margarine": The tyranny of the vernacular in twentieth-century poetry in Irish

Marjory Harper, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Minds on the Edge: Immigration and Insanity in Canada, 1867-1914, with particular reference to British Columbia

Liam McIlvanney, University of Otago, New Zealand
Scottish Poetry in the South Seas

Moynagh Sullivan, National University Ireland, Maynooth
Reading too far and Crossing the Line: Mother Brown meets Maw Broon

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Steafán Hanvey
Look Behind You! A Father and Son’s Impressions of the Troubles in Northern Ireland Through Photography and Song (multimedia presentation and lecture).


Singing Against the Silence: The Gaels of Nova Scotia (Short film, dir. Michael Newton, St. Francis Xavier University)


Other events will include literary readings, musical performances, a public oral history workshop, and a student networking workshop.

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Enquiries may be directed to Willeen Keough at or Leith Davis at


Posted: 2013-01-12

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.

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