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Heroes, victims or villains? Irish Presentations and Representations in Latin America and the Caribbean

Morelia, Mexico, 15-18 July 2009

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Call for Papers

Released: 21 May 2008

Amended: 19 August 2009

The time has come for SILAS to convene its first conference in the Americas. The Second SILAS Conference will be held in colonial Morelia, with the local support of the Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo. Researchers, students and independent scholars will share their work and experience on different aspects of Irish-Latin American relations.

Under the general title "Heroes, victims or villains? Irish Presentations and Representations in Latin America and the Caribbean", this meeting proposes to foster international and multidisciplinary approaches to the study of connections between Ireland, Latin America, the Caribbean and Iberia.

SILAS was founded in July 2003 to promote the study of relations between Ireland and Latin America. The range of interests of the Society spans the settlement, lives and achievements of Irish migrants to Latin America and their descendants, the contemporary presence of Ireland in the life and culture of Latin America and the presence of Latin Americans in Ireland.

The Society invites papers on any aspect of Irish-Latin American links from scholars and students in disciplines such as humanities and social sciences, including for example history, literature, geography, politics, economy and the arts. The aim of the conference is to promote the exchange of views and research findings on a diverse range of issues and on an inter-disciplinary basis. For further details and updates, please see the conference pages (www.irlandeses.org/mexico2009.htm).

Abstracts may be submitted in Spanish, Portuguese or English (c. 300 words). The conference working languages are Spanish and English. Please register and send your abstract using the Online Submission Form. Abstracts should be sent no later than 2 March 2009. Should you wish to attend the conference without presenting a paper, please register through the Online Submission Form by 30 June 2009.

SILAS is extremely grateful to Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo for the organisation of the conference, and to the sponsors for their generous support: the Embassy of Ireland to Mexico, the Smurfit Kappa Group, and St. James Gate Development Services.


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