The Irish Itinerary


The Irish Itinerary

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.



Our Aims and Objectives


- To enjoy culture in ways which increase the interaction between artists, academics and community groups.


(The II seems to serve several kinds of people: the enthusiasm among performers and artists matches that of academics whose teaching always gets a boost when culture manifestations are involved.)


-to have a consistent programme in Irish culture(s) with a considerable impact throughout Europe


- to reduce paper work for individuals as EFACIS coordinates the needs of the network


- to give Irish Studies more visibility on a local, regional and international level, which often results in more students (and potential PhDs) and more renown in the city


- to motivate individuals in Irish studies who work on their own


Being connected increases relevance and visibility. The prospect of the II made people start forming new centres, such as in Pecs, Debrecen, Trieste, with the possibility of additional ones in Wuppertal, Budapest, Stockholm.


- to work in solidarity:


combining forces with Culture Ireland, EFACIS will co-support cultural programmes especially in countries who have no local support. Also, richer centres help support the poorer in the II


- to encourage further creativity:


involving students in art schools, practical translation training, etc: long-term planning of cultural events (film week, (mini-)Irish festival, etc. could allow teaching staff to plan MA and BA projects requiring students to do subtitling of films, translating poems etc.


- to make Irish culture a reciprocal thing: between poor and better endowed universities, between artists, academia and the wider communities, between Ireland and other countries


> to incite mutually beneficent effects between Ireland and the rest of Europe: Irish artists touring Europe may strike up cooperations with local/national artist





-All EFACIS board members and heads of committed centres send their suggestions to the EFACIS coordinator of the II, who liaises with the executive board


-An EFACIS Committee draws up a long-term plan for 4 years, which is historically embedded.


-Each programme covers 2 years, which makes it both financially and organizationally more feasible



Planning on a longer-term basis will allow for more visibility & more availability


>better publicity for Irish culture


>artists can fit in several subcircuits


>academics can plan ahead, preparing certain themes in their courses and research - like they can schedule in subtitling jobs for their star students or postgrads; texts can be prepared to introduce films, give some context (very much appreciated by the public, esp by secondary school teachers!)



The National Library, IFI international and similar organisations will help to have material digitized or otherwise made available so that it can tour.



The LCIS & the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe will coordinate the programme.



-In principle, the list of cultural events on offer should be 6 or 7 items: film, music, dance, writing, drama, art, an exhibition.


The programme of 2013 will be exceptional in that all events have to be planned between February and July 2013, the time of the Irish Presidency. This is due to the fact that our sponsoring by Culture Ireland is limited to that period. This will entail that fewer events may be on offer.



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.


2. Workshops:

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).


3. MISE:

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.


Sien Deltour is the

coordinator for the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies and the Leuven representative of the Irish Itinerary.



Circuit Coordinators

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).



Dr. David Mitchell Clark is a Professor of English Philology at the Universidad de A Coruña, Spain.



Faces of the Irish Itinerary

Circuit List 2013

  • Sweden- Norway
  • France - Belgium - the Netherlands
  • Czech Republic - Austria - Hungary
  • Italy - Spain - Portugal
  • United Kingdom


Centre List


  • Stockholm - Gothenburg - Dalarna - Agder
  • Paris - Rennes - Lille - Leuven - Nijmegen
  • Prague - Vienna - Pécs - Debrecen
  • Trieste - A Coruña - Braga
  • Aberdeen - Liverpool - London