Who we are.
The Irish Itinerary, an initiative of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS), is an Irish cultural tour of Europe. The Itinerary is a series of coordinated events hosted by many vibrant centres of Irish studies across 12 European countries. Each centre will host a variety of events celebrating Irish culture, art and literature throughout Europe. Our programme will include an impressive array of Irish writers, artists and performers as well as a selection of Irish films in each of the host countries. Modelled on the ancient practice of travelling from city to city on the continent used by the Irish monks of old, the Irish Itinerary embraces the idea and takes it forward into the 21st Century.
EFACIS, the European Federation of Associations and Centres for Irish Studies, coordinates national and regional associations of Irish Studies, like SOFEIR (france), NISN (Scandinavia) AFIS (French-Irish Association), Community networks as well as Centres (Aberdeen, Vienna, Paris, Prague, Trieste...).
Since 1996 it promotes & supports the expansion of Irish Studies throughout Europe; its members study and debate all aspects of society, culture and literature of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Irish diaspora within the humanities and social sciences. Biennial conferences were, from the outset, the main vehicle through which this was achieved. Since 2010, the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies is the seat of EFACIS and 5 new initiatives were introduced.
1. The EFACIS PhD seminars:
There are 2 types: the Leuven type (Sept 2010 and 2012), which offer plenaries, methodological seminars and the presentation of one's research; the Prague type, where students present their own wok and discuss it with the other participants.
Held in countries which have no national association yet. Two workshops were held in Italy, leading to an annual pattern which increases cooperation between the individual researchers. The next ones will take place in Italy and the Netherlands (2013).
To update the website LCIS interns have started work on the MISE, the Map of Irish Studies in Europe, charting the different teaching and research fields of individuals and centres in Europe, to allow EFACIS members to set up strategic goals.
4. Academic publishing:
ISE, Irish Studies in Europe is a biennial publication, but other thematic issues are published in the series; EFACIS also supports the access initiatives in Irish Studies in Europe like Studi irlandesi, the open access journal published by the University of Firenze.
5. The Irish Itinerary:
The Irish Itinerary creates, on the one hand, the opportunity for Irish writers and artists to tour their work, reaching out to communities, secondary school teachers, academics and their students, while on the other hand giving academics the opportunity to summarize their own research in the form of an exhibition which can tour the circuit of 20 centres in Europe that are linked into the programme.
Below you will find the details for the regional coordinators of the Irish Itinerary for 2013
Charles I. Armstrong is a professor of British literature and Head of the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Agder, in Norway. He is the current chair of the Nordic Irish Studies Network and a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is the author of Figures of Memory: Poetry, Space, and the Past (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Romantic Organicism: From Idealist Origins to Ambivalent Afterlife (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), and also the co-editor of two essay collections. An invited lecturer to the Yeats International Summer School in 2005 and 2011, he is currently writing a monograph on W. B. Yeats for Continuum.
Wesley Hutchinson teaches at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 where he is in charge of a research group in Irish Studies which is part of Prismes (EA 4398). He is President of the SOFEIR (Société Française d'Etudes Irlandaises) and a member of the Beckett Project Paris. His research interests centre on the history of the Protestant and unionist communities in the North of Ireland. He is currently working on a book on the Ulster-Scots movement.
Werner Huber is Professor of English and American Language and Literature at the Universität Wien, Austria. He is President of the Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE).