About MSI

A community of academic staff and early-career researchers at NUI Galway has initiated the establishment of Modernist Studies Ireland (MSI), a new organisation that aims to facilitate the sharing of interests, research, and pedagogical approaches to modernism and modernity in the Republic and Northern Ireland. Modernist Studies Ireland will provide a research community and network to disseminate new research, publications, and archival holdings to a local and global audience.

Key objectives of Modernist Studies Ireland include:

  • Strengthening the communication and dissemination of Irish research that considers issues related to modernism and modernity.

  • Encouraging the discussion of Irish language writers and speakers and their inclusion in the canon

  • Increasing the awareness of the valuable archival resources related to modernism which are available in Irish institutions

  • Recovering missing and lost voices from the (Irish) modernist canon
  • Fostering interdisciplinary and cross-university research collaborations.

  • Organising conferences, workshops, and group discussions.

On 17 May 2019, NUI Galway will host the inaugural conference of MSI to bring together researchers from across the Republic and Northern Ireland, as well as from abroad. The conference theme, ‘Modernist Legacies and Futures’, asks for papers to consider how creative figures conceived and constructed their future both within their work and in the material cultures they occupied. The conference will provide the official launch of an institutional and personal collaboration of modernist scholars in Ireland.

We encourage all interested parties to participate in the ongoing strategy for Modernist Studies Ireland and to submit an abstract for the conference.