CALL FOR PAPERS! IASIL Japan 2019 Conference

Plans for the IASIL Japan 2019 Conference, “Borderlands”
Dates: 12-13 October
Venue: Konan Women’s University <>
Guest Speakers: Aileen Douglas (Trinity College Dublin) and Eoin McNamee
Symposium 1: “Crossing/Negotiating Borders: gender and nation in Ireland under the Union” (tentative title)
Chair: Haruko Takakuwa
Panelists: Hiroko Ikeda, Saeko Nagashima, Kimiyo Ogawa, Masaya Shimokusu
Symposium 2: “Borderlands between Various Art Forms” (tentative title)
Chair: To be announced
Panelists: Richard Kelly, Akiko Manabe, Hiroko Mikami, Naoko Toraiwa

Call for Papers!
Applicants for a 20-minute paper reading are requested to send a synopsis of 250–300 words as a Word attachment to IASIL Japan office at secretary[at] *[at] = @

Besides the synopsis itself, please send details of the author’s affiliation, full postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone and fax numbers by 31st May.

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Reminder: the Deadline forSubmission to the JIS

This is just a friendly reminder that the deadline of for submission to the 2019 issue of the Journal of Irish Studies (JIS) is 25 April 2019.

For more details, please see the following pages:


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Announcement: Seamus Heaney Award, Japan

Announcement: Seamus Heaney Award, Japan

Literary relations between Japan and Ireland might be said to date back to Jonathan Swift’s Lemuel Gulliver, who landed near Edo (Tokyo), albeit briefly, the only real location he visited on his fantastic voyage. Two hundred years later, another voyager, Lafcadio Hearn landed, but stayed longer, becoming eventually a Japanese citizen. Hearn is well known in Japan for his adaptations of Japanese folktales, which, some argue, betray the indelible mark left by his Irish upbringing.

At the turn of the twentieth century, Japanese scholars and writers, such as Yone Noguchi, were some of the first to take a serious interest in the work of W. B. Yeats, an interest that was reciprocated by Yeats, in his adaptations of Noh drama, and in the many poems that reveal the hold that Japanese culture had on the thrust of his imaginative life. It would now be impossible to do justice to the range of poets, novelists, playwrights, academics, translators and scholars, in both countries, whose work has added to this tradition. The distinguished and sustained nature of this work, particularly over the last thirty years, make it appropriate for the Embassy of Ireland, Japan, in conjunction with IASIL Japan, to establish an award to recognise outstanding contribution to the enhancement of literary relations between Ireland and Japan.

To name this award the Seamus Heaney Award, Japan, is to honour a poet whose work, and whose presence on many occasions in Japan, played a vital role in inspiring much of the work that the award will recognise, and to acknowledge in an official manner, and continue, a relationship with Japan which was substantial, sustained, and marked by mutual affection and regard.

The award will be administered biennially by IASIL Japan under the auspices of the Embassy of Ireland, Japan, and to be given to: a work/body of work of outstanding literary merit; an outstanding work/body of work of translation and/or scholarship. Nominations are requested from relevant literary and scholarly associations and institutions, in Japan and Ireland. The nominations will be evaluated by a panel of well-qualified judges drawn from among these nominating organizations. The award itself will be a citation of the recipient’s outstanding contribution to literary exchange between Ireland and Japan, on a specially commissioned piece by Richard Gorman, an Irish artist whose own work has had a long association with Japan.

Nominations, to be received by November 30, 2019, can be sent by email using the subject line ‘Seamus Heaney Award Japan Nomination’ to:

IASIL Japan Office: secretary[at]


Embassy of Ireland, Japan: TokyoEmbassy[at]

*[at] = @

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2018 IASIL Japan Bibliography Compilation

To all IASIL Japan members:

As you already know from IASIL’s latest weekly email,it is time to submit bibliographical information about the books and articles you published in 2018 (January 1 – December 31) for inclusion in the 2019 Journal of Irish Studies and the Autumn/Winter 2019 issue of the Irish University Review. I would be most grateful if you would send your data to me at the following address by April 19th, 2019.

For more details, please see: 2018 Bibliography Complilaiton

Yoriko Kitagawa

IASIL Japan Bibliographer


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The Kyoto Humanities International Conference

The Kyoto Humanities International Conference: Irish Literature in the British Context—Voices from Kyoto will be held on March 21 at Kyoto Univ. Guest skeakers are Dr. Luca Crispi (University College, Dublin) and Celia de Fréine (an internationally acclaimed poet, playwright, screenwriter and librettist). Also, some members
of IASIL Japan will read their papers.

You can download the program here: 21march2019 symposium@kyoto on Irish literature

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CFP: International Conference on “Yeats and India”

The Center for English Studies, JNU, in collaboration with the University of Limerick, is organizing a two-day International Conference on ‘Yeats and India’ on February 21-22, 2019.

Please send abstracts  in not more than 250-300 words, along with brief bionotes to before January 5, 2019. The decisions of the Conference committee will be intimated by January 15, 2019.

Details of CPF is downloadable at:Yeats and India Conference 2019, JNU, CFP

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CFP: New Directions in Irish History

Teesside University in the North East of England, UK is organising a conference in Irish History entitled ‘New Directions in Irish History’, to be held in February 2019. The conference is aimed at postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers in History.

Conference twitter account is @NewConference. A link to CPF can be found by following this link: Alternatively, you can find the Call for Papers via the pdf flyer. New Directions in Irish History- CFP

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IASIL Japan Conference Programme Update

We are pleased to inform you that classrooms to be used for the conference are now confirmed.

3rd floor, Bldg. 5, Toyo University (Hakusan Campus)
Rm 5303: Registration
Rm 5310: Opening and closing addresses, symposia and Room 1 of individual papers.
Rm 5306: Room 2 of individual papers.
Tea and coffee are available in Rooms 5302 and 5303.

Please refer to the latest conference programme: 2018 ijprogramme

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Deirdre Madden Lectures at Waseda and Gakushuin

This year’s guest artist at IASIL Japan Conference, Ms. Deirdre Madden is giving lectures at Waseda University (17 October) and Gakushuin University (18 October, with the poet, Harry Clifton). You are most welcome to the lectures.

Waseda University: ORIS Seminar 39
Deirdre Madden, “On Storytelling: a writer’s perspective”
Time and Date: 14:45 ~18:00 [short break 16:15~16:30], Wednesday, 17 October
Venue: Bldg. 11-701, Waseda Campus, Waseda University

flyer: ORIS Seminar 39_rev

【Reading at Gakushuin University】
“A Reading by Deirdre Madden and Harry Clifton”
Time and Date: 18.00-, Thursday, 18 October
Venue: International Room 508, Central Educational Research Building (No. 16 on Map)
flyer: 2018Deirdre Madden_Harry Clifton

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Ondrej Pilny Lecture at Seikei University

The guest speaker of IASIL Japan conference, Dr. Ondrej Pilny is giving a lecture at Seikei University on 15 October. You are welcome to attend the lecture.

“Constructing the Irish in Central Europe: German Travel Narratives and Czech Political Emancipation in the Mid-19th Century”

Time and Date: 17.00-19.00, Monday, 15 October
Venue: 第2中会議室 (Meeting Room 2), 2nd floor, Bldg. 10

Supported by The JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) 2018
“Prague and Dublin: Spaces of discourse on ghosts and media: aspects of ‘translation’ between cultures”

Please note that the Main Gate will close at 18.00. If you are coming late, please make sure you arrive no later than 18.00.


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