Welcome to the newsletter of the Society for Irish Latin American Studies (SILAS)
The 2019 SILAS conference takes place in the Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD, Dublin on 23-26 April. The CFP will follow very soon.
The new executive committee elected in 2017
Margaret Brehony – President
Derrick Marcus – Treasurer
Cliona Murphy – Co-editor of IMSLA journal
Carol D’ell Amico – Book editor of IMSLA journal
Gissy Gonzalez – Membership Administrator
Gabriela McEvoy – Translator
Laura Izarra – Director
Nuala Finnegan – Director
Steve Allen – Director
The 2018 IMSLA journal issue
Issue 9:1 of IMSLA is now available at https://www.irlandeses.org/journal/current-issue/
Issues of the Irish Migration Studies in Latin America are free and available to the public. The current issue’s theme is “Conscience as Compass: Creative Encounters between Ireland and Latin America”
Edited by Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin and Angus Mitchell, this special issue highlights the creative engagement of Irish intellectuals and artists with Latin America.  Here is a table of contents for the issue:
Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin and Angus Mitchell, Guest Editors’ Introduction,
“Conscience as Compass: Creative Encounters between Ireland and Latin America”, 1-10
Deirdre Brady, The Road to Cuzco: An Irish woman writer’s journey to the ‘navel of
the world’, 11-24
David Lilburn, Putumayo, 25-29
Lorna Shaughnessy, Migrating Myths: From Greece to Nicaragua, Mexico and
Ireland, 30-42
Ronan Sheehan, A Blackthorn Stick for Borges: Reflections on The Crane Bag, Special Issue on Ireland and Latin America (1982), 43-56
Kathryn Laing, “Only Connect”: Irish Women’s Voices, Latin America and the Irish Women’s Writing Network, 57-71
Michael D. Higgins, “When the gaze must not be averted”: The testament for humanity in the universality of Roger Casement’s humanitarian vision, 72-86
Book Reviews
Juan José Delaney, Review of The Irish Abolitionist. Richard Madden and the Subversion of Empire, Translated and Edited by Mícheál Ó hAodha, 87-89
David Barnwell, Review of Timothy Fanning’s Paisanos: The Forgotten Irish Who Changed the Face of Latin America, 90-93 
Irish Migration Studies in Latin America
Call for Contributions
Deadline: November 15, 2018
The editors of Irish Migration Studies in Latin America (IMSLA) invite contributions for the next issue of the journal (Volume 9, Number 2, anticipated publication early 2019). The journal is published by the Society for Irish Latin American Studies (SILAS), and publishes original research about relations, links, and connections between Ireland and Latin America, Spanish speaking North America, the Caribbean, and Iberia.  Current and past issues are available free online. See https://www.irlandeses.org/journal/
Articles are subject to peer-review, and the journal has an international editorial board. Only articles which strictly adhere to the Contributors’ Guidelines will be considered. See https://www.irlandeses.org/journal/contributors-guidelines/
Manuscripts should be submitted to Editors Dr. Margaret Brehony and Dr. Clíona Murphy at cmurphy@csub.edu
Irish Studies Seminar in Cuba 
On the morning of May 8, 2018 in Havana, the paper “Controlling the Past? A Story from the Shadows of Irish Historical Historiography” was presented by professor Kerby Miller at the II Conference Problems of Contemporary World hosted by the University of Havana, the Jean Monnet Chair for European Studies and the Association of Historians of Latin-America and the Caribbean (ADHILAC). The paper, presented for the first time in Spanish, showed a critical approach to Irish Revisionist Studies and invited the audience to reflect on the responsibility that scholars and, particularly historians, have in their respective societies. The Irish story, narrated by professor Miller with the aid of the translation made by professor Giselle Gonzalez (University of Havana), engaged the audience with subjects that both Irish and Cubans can identify with, such as a common past of colonialism and oppression, the challenges of migration and a large diaspora, and a History constantly challenged by imperialist counter-approaches.

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