Celtic Studies Organizations

Celtic Studies Association of North America

The Celtic Studies Association of North America (CSANA), according to their web site, “embraces all aspects of Celtic Studies. Our members are interested in the languages, literature, history, folklore, music, art and archaeology of ancient, medieval and modern Celtic cultures. Many of us are concerned not only with Celtic cultures in themselves, but also with their interactions with other peoples and their representation to the rest of the world.” Although most CSANA meetings have been sponsored by universities, CSANA membership is open to anyone with a serious interest in Celtic Studies and scholarship. One of the things that members help support is the CSANA Celtic Studies Bibliography. Membership in CSANA starts at $25.00 and it’s even less for students. Join, and tell them Lisa sent you.

North American Association of Celtic Language Teachers

The North American Association for Celtic Language Teachers (NAACLT) was formed to permit instructors to exchange ideas and research through meetings and an annual publication, to increase links of Celtic language teachers with those of other languages and other umbrella organizations, and to increase opportunities for Celtic language teachers in North America. The NAACLT also welcomes members from outside North America, researchers in Applied Linguistics, and graduate students in related fields. Queries about membership and the organization in general can be sent to info@naaclt.org.
American Conference for Irish Studies

The American Conference for Irish Studies is a multidisciplinary scholarly organization with approximately 1500 members around the world. Each spring the ACIS holds a national conference. Each fall meetings are held in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Western regions; the Southern regional takes place in the winter. The ACIS also sponsors joint sessions with the American Historical Association and the Modern Language Association at their annual conventions. Meetings include sessions in all fields of Irish Studies, poetry and fiction readings, films, and performances of Irish music and plays. In 1998 the national meeting will take place in Ft. Lauderdale, in 1999 in Roanoke, Virginia, and in 2000 in Limerick. The ACIS was founded in 1962 as the American Committee for Irish Studies; it is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a non-profit organization.

International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures

According to their web site, “IASIL was founded in 1969 to serve a growing international interest in Irish writing, with the chartered aims of: promoting the teaching and study of Irish literature in third-level education throughout the world facilitating international contact between scholars researching in the field of Irish Literary Studies serving as a a vehicle for bringing Irish writing to a wider audience through conferences and publications. If you are a student, teacher, scholar, or simply a devotee of Irish literature in English or in Irish, the IASIL Executive Committee and Membership welcome you.”

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