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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 Department of English 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.

CISA in the media

Nordirland får en regering efter tre års politisk lammelse: 'Ufatteligt vigtigt', siger ekspert

Århus Stiftidende: Brexit handler om meget mere end forholdet til EU

Zetland: Hvorfor Brexit-nødden er nærmest umulig at knække


Call for Papers

Éire-Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies and guest editors Sara Dybris McQuaid (Aarhus University) and Ferghal McGarry (Queen’s University, Belfast) welcome submissions for a Spring/Summer 2022 special issue on Politics and Narrative in Ireland’s Decade of Commemorations. The CFP is extended to January 31st 

How do you remember difficult histories in democratic societies? Workshop with Svendborg Welfare Museum

This was the main question at a workshop organised in december '19 by the Centre for Irish Studies affiliate Laura McAtackney and the Welfare Museum in Svendborg.
In Dublin the initiative Justice for Magdalenes is trying to make a former Magdalene Laundry into a museum; archive and a space for remembrance.
The Irish working group has been very inspired by how the former poor house (totally intact!) in Svendborg is co-creating exhibitions and practices with former care leavers, survivors and people who are marginalised in contemporary society. In both the Danish and Irish contexts apologies have been given by the state, but that is only ever one step of historical - and ongoing - recognition and reckoning.

The workshop was made possible through a grant from the Irish Embassy.

To learn more about Justice for Magdalenes Research and the process of turning a place of pain into a museum-space for remembering and healing, listen to episodes 3 and 4 of our podcast "Reimagining Ireland" here


  • In August, CISA hosted a trip to Ireland with DEO. The many activities included a meeting with David Farrell, the man behind citizens' assemblies; a trip to the borderlands, a meeting with activists, and a historical tour of the murals. See the full programme here. Keep an eye out for similar trips organised by CISA and DEO at DEO's website: https://deo.dk/rejser/  

  • Last month, we launched our very first podcast series called Reimagining Ireland. The podcast brings events and research from the Centre for Irish Studies at Aarhus University into a wider transnational community. The series is available in both Danish and English from Spreaker, Spotify and Itunes. If you missed these events live on campus, you can now become part of the conversation and get access to some of the key issues raised here! You can access the podcast here or through the menu  on the left: www.spreaker.com/show/reimagining-ireland-dk  

  • CISA affiliate Isabelle Torrance is giving a talk on ‘The Politics of Emotion is Irish Medeas’ at Les Émotions de Médée conference at the Fondation Hardt in Geneva, May 3rd-4th. To see the full programme please visit: www.fondationhardt.ch/en/title1/les-colloques_en/

  • In August, CISA and DEO are hosting and guiding a 7-day tour full of culture, history, and beautiful landscapes. As we make stops in the two capital cities of Dublin and Belfast as well as Donegal and Derry/Londonderry, the tour will focus on discussing contemporary politics, the history of the Island, and the challenges of Brexit with a wide range of local people and organisations. For more information and registration, please visit DEO’s website: http://deo.dk/rejser/2019/irland-og-nordirland-%E2%80%93-sensommer-2019/

  • CISA is about to experience some serious growing pains, as Isabelle has been awarded an ERC consolidator grant for her project 'Classical Influences and Irish Culture', which will be hosted at the School of Communication and Culture/Centre for Irish Studies. We really look forward to welcoming her to Nobelparken- and to have some sort of joint affiliates celebration in the new year! http://aias.au.dk/news/single/artikel/erc-consolidator-grant-to-aias-fellow-isabelle-torrance/

  • You can now visit our ‘Voices & Votes – Women’s Place in Parliament’ exhibition in Vandrehallen (building 1413) until November 30!

    The exhibition tells the hidden ‘her-story’ in the history of the UK Parliament, marking the 100 year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act. Leading us through the suffragette campaigning, protests, and achievements, the exhibition explores the history of the suffrage, with an emphasis on the struggle for women’s representation in UK politics. 
  • Call for papers for the Canadian Association for Irish Studies' 2019 conference, "Irish Bodies and Irish Worlds." Proposals are welcome in English, French, or Irish until November 25, 2018. 
    Click here to see the poster.

    Please submit your proposal by emailing them at this address: <cais2019.concordia@gmail.com>. 

  • We are utterly delighted to see that our brilliant keynote speaker Emilie Pine won the Butler Literary Award this past Monday! Don’t miss your chance to see her when she visits Aarhus University next week!

    Missed the registration deadline for our opening event and conference? Fear not! It is still possible to register by contacting AIAS Fellow Isabelle Torrance directly at <itorrance@aias.au.dk>
  • The Centre for Irish Studies and AIAS are proud to present Emilie Pine as our keynote speaker for the two-day international and multidisciplinary conference ‘Politics and Narrative in Ireland’s Decade of Commemorations’.

    Emilie Pine is currently very active in the media with her new publication ‘Notes to Self’, a ground-breaking collection of taboo-shattering essays on topics such as fertility issues, feminism, and sexual abuse. She will open the conference with a talk on 'The Memory Marketplace: Gender, Witnessing and Performance’.
  • The Dictionary of Irish Biography is now open to students at Aarhus University, with funding from AIAS and the Embassy of Ireland! It can be found through the State Library's data base.

    The Dictionary of Irish Biography, a collaborative project between Cambridge University Press and the Royal Irish Academy, is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary yet published for Ireland. It contains over 9,000 signed biographical articles which describe and assess the careers of subjects in all fields of endeavour, including politics, law, religion, literature, journalism, architecture, painting, music, the stage, science, medicine, engineering, entertainment and sport.

    Direct link: Visit the Dictionary of Irish Biography here.

Upcoming events hosted by CISA and affiliates

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

Sara Dybris McQuaid

Associate professor School of Communication and Culture - English

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