Welcome to CISA

  • the only centre for Irish Studies in Denmark

Welcome to CISA

  • The only centre for Irish studies in Denmark

The Centre for Irish Studies in Aarhus is the only centre for Irish Studies in Denmark and one of two such centres in Scandinavia. The centre offers teaching in Irish history, society, literature and culture in compulsory courses and elective seminars on undergraduate and graduate level. The centre plays a key role within NISN, the Nordic Irish Studies Network, and publishes the peer-reviewed Nordic Irish Studies journal, in co-operation with DUCIS (see link) and NISN.

CISA has hosted three international conferences and a number of international seminars and symposia since its inauguration in 2000 and, as part of the English Department at Aarhus University.

Our main objective is is to help advance the study of Ireland in Denmark by facilitating research and teaching in the fields of Irish history, culture, literature and politics as seen in a broad European and international context.


For news comments or information on conferences and publications, contact:

Sara Dybris McQuaid

Associate professorSchool of Communication and Culture - Department of English

Related websites

  • NISN
    Nordic Irish Studies Network
    Dalarna University Centre For Irish Studies
    European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies
    The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures
  • Searc's Web Guide
    - to Irish Resources on the Internet


Job Position: Coordinator, European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS)

The European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS) is seeking a coordinator to assist with the management of the federation and the organisation of its activities. The coordinator will also undertake certain website, database and communications activities for the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe. Applicants should have excellent communication and organisational skills and good oral and writing skills in English.

The ideal candidate is likely to have recently completed his/her education and be planning to enter the job market.

A job description for the position is provided here (PDF)

All applications, including a CV and motivation letter, should be emailed to: mvallely@leuveninstitute.eu

 Deadline: 5pm (CET) Friday December 14th, 2015

Sara Dybris McQuaid is congratulated by Nobel Laureate John Hume

Sara Dybris McQuaid is congratulated by Nobel Laureate John Hume in 2013 after participating in a peace training programme on ‘culture and peace building’ at the International Conflict Research Institute in Northern Ireland (INCORE). INCORE brings together practitioners and academics, creating links between practice, theory and policy.

Study trip to Belfast, 2013

In September 2013 Sara Dybris McQuaid brought a group of BA students on a field trip to Belfast and Dublin. As part of a wider research project on collective memory and protracted conflict, the group studied the politicisation of space, commemorative parades, commemorative violence, and regulation of public order in North Belfast, which is a particularly fractious interface. As part of the field work, students did archival research, went to workshops and interviewed the Orange Order and met representatives at the permanent protest in Twadell avenue.