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Technologies in Transition: Ireland 1000-2000
New York, March 2000


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     Call for Papers
 
     Technologies in Transition:  Ireland 1000-2000
     The Second Annual GRIAN Interdisciplinary Conference 
      on Irish Studies
     March 3-5, 2000
     Glucksman Ireland House, New York University


 In recent years, Ireland has become a center for technology; the economy
has boomed and social structures long in place have been transformed. 
This conference aims to examine not only modern Ireland in terms of
technology, but Ireland across the millennium as a place created and
influenced by a variety of technologies.  'Technologies,' then, becomes a
broadened, more useful term for examining everything from the metrics of
poetry to the impact of photography on national identity, from
agricultural and scientific innovation to the effect of e-mail on the
emigre. 
 
 We invite papers from all disciplines of Irish Studies which consider the
introduction and reception of new technologies, the artistic and literary
constructions of technology, resistance to technologies, and the uses and
mis-uses of technology.  It is our hope that a deeper understanding of the
term 'technology' can help us to articulate the histories of
Communication, Education, Transportation, Material Culture, and Politics
in Ireland from the eleventh to the twentieth century. 
 
 Suggested Topics include:  * Investigative Technologies and the
Historioigraphy of Ireland's Past * Narrative in Ireland as (Exportable)
Technology * Shipbuilding and Trade * Oral Tradition: An Early "Web"?  *
Artists and Popular Media * Technology and Terrorism * Gendered Uses of
Technology in Irish Hagiography * Battlefield Technologies:  Real and
Imagined * The (in)Significance of Science to Irish Writers * Underwater
Archaeology * Print Technology and the Counter-Reformation * Translation
Technologies * Technology in/of Irish Music * Medicine and Medical
Institutions * Cartography and Surveying * Literacy and Book Production *
Leisure and Entertainment * Colonial Constructions of "The Primitive"  *
The Irish Internet * The Anti-Technology/Anti-Progress Investments of the
Revivalists * Time Keeping and the Social Order * Media and Famine
Narratives * Filming Ireland * Technological Change as Paradigm *
 
 While a portion of the conference will necessarily be devoted to modern
and contemporary Ireland, papers examining the technologies of Ireland in
the early part of this millennium, or papers which treat a topic
diachronically, are especially encouraged.  One-page abstracts for
twenty-minute papers should be submitted by DECEMBER 6, 1999 to: 

     (New York)                             	(Dublin)
     Lahney Preston                        	Oona Frawley
     149 Sixth Avenue #2                  	7 Seabank Court
     Brooklyn, NY 11217                     	Sandycove, Co. Dublin
     USA                                  	Ireland
     email:  LMP1624@is.nyu.edu             	oona@oceanfree.net
 
 Please include name, affiliation, paper title, special requirements
(audio, visual, electronic) and contact information (mailing address,
phone number, e-mail).  Notification of acceptance will be made by January
1, 2000.  For more information, contact Lahney Preston or Oona Frawley at
the above addresses. 
 
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