Commemoration, Memory, and Dialogue with the Past
Ireland – Latin America
We are delighted to announce that the next conference of the Society for Irish Latin American
Studies, in conjunction with ABEI – Associação Brasileira de Estudos Irlandeses, the WBYeats
Chair of Irish Studies/University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and the Asociación de Estudios Irlandeses
del Sur, Argentina will take place in Lima, Peru. The Conference will be co-hosted by
Universidad del Pacífico and Proyecto Especial Bicentenario from November 23 to 26, 2021. In
the event that traveling restrictions and health issues continue due to the pandemic, the
conference will be moved to a virtual platform.
Desires and aspirations for independence from Imperial rulers and the fight against colonial
systems are ideas and dreams that were common to Ireland and Latin America. Revolutionary
movements arose against Spanish, British, and Portuguese colonialism. 2021 is a significant year
for Peru, Mexico, Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua,
and Panama) as they commemorate their national independence bicentennials. Likewise, the
decade 2012-2022 is the Decade of Centenaries marking historical events in the formation of
modern Ireland. This conference seeks to create a space for discussion and an exchange of ideas
about the meaning of the making of a nation with regards to Ireland and Latin America. The
challenges involved in both nation-building and the documenting of that process will receive
attention; the conference is also interested in analyses of cultural responses to nation-building in
the form of press and media coverage, writing, art or any form or popular culture including song.
The conference will also explore the many transnational dialogues between Ireland and Latin
America over the process of nation-building and independence and the reception of these ideas.
Finally, the conference is open to scholarly investigations of the multiple commemoration
processes of independence and revolution in both Ireland and Latin America as a way of opening
up fruitful comparative pathways.
The conference would like to bring together scholars from across disciplines who are interested
in connections between Ireland, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula. We
invite individual proposals for twenty-minute presentations (papers/posters) or for panels of three
people exploring a similar theme.
The following themes are suggested
Historical Memory and its Social Function Gendered Narratives of Independence
“Invention of Tradition” Reproducing the Nation
Constructions of Nationalism Biographical Writings
Comparative Colonialisms and Decolonization Letters and Diaries
Migrations, Mobility, Place, Identity Music, Film, Literature
Transnational Solidarities in Independence Processes Cultural and Textual Translations
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by May 15, 2021 to the SILAS Conference
Academic Planning Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panel proposals should include a description of the panel (no longer than 150 words) and should
be accompanied by 250-word abstracts. Likewise, poster proposal abstracts should be no longer
than 250 words. All proposals should be accompanied by a brief bio or one-page CV. Individuals
should not submit more than one proposal for a panel, paper or poster. Decisions will be made by
July 2021. Both English and Spanish language presentations will be considered.
Deadline: May 15, 2021