Cover photo: 'Kindred Spirits' by sculptor Alex Pentek. Kind permission granted.
Kindred Spirits / Dáimh
The Irish Studies Program at the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, Drew University, is delighted to announce the fifth Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference in Ireland. The theme of this year’s Transatlantic Connections Conference is “Kindred Spirits / Dáimh”. This theme will be explored in an interdisciplinary way across a range of panels, workshops, keynote talks and cultural events. The Transatlantic Connections Conference will be an opportunity to explore cultures and the interactions and intersections between them. The main focus of the conference will be on cultures that are “outside the mainstream,” and the goal is to foster a sense of shared kinship and celebration among representatives of humanity’s cultural diversity. Our conference model is different from most academic symposia. Our panels are open to the public, and presenters include undergraduate and post-graduate students, academics, professionals and enthusiasts in a variety of cultural pursuits. Language, Literature, and History are on the agenda, but so too are Popular Culture, Media Studies, Peace Studies, Creative Writing, Art, Music and Sport, as well as live music performances and craft exhibitions.
Undergraduate students are invited to submit proposals to present completed research papers/projects, research-in-progress, or round table discussions on any topic related to the general fields listed above. We invite faculty from Drew University, and from other institutions to organize, chair and serve as discussants; each undergraduate presenter will have 8-10 minutes to speak, with a maximum of six speakers per undergraduate panel. These sessions are offer an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain experience in conference presenting, and to receive feedback from their peers and senior colleagues.
The conference organizers invite both twenty-minute paper proposals and complete panel submissions from postgraduates, early career academics and established scholars from a range of disciplines, as well as experts and representatives in related fields on topics relevant to the theme of ‘Kindred / Dáimh’
The conference also welcomes proposals for innovative panels and sessions that do not follow the usual format of academic paper presentations, such as film and media presentations, interview conversations, and others. Proposals for innovative sessions should be sent directly to the Drew Conference Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
To upload an abstract for consideration, click here
Drew University Study Abroad Trip & Conference
For those interested in extending their stay in Ireland, there will be a full study abroad trip which begins on January 4th. Conference attendees and presenters are welcome to participate in the Drew University Study Trip, which includes 2 nights in Dublin City, and three extra nights in County Donegal, before the conference begins. For information on the Drew University Study Trip 2018, please click here