EDEN: All Island Interdisciplinary Conference

Hosted by the Early Doctoral Exchange Network (EDEN) at NUI Galway

 ‘2019: Between a Rock and a Robot: Humans, Habitat, and Technology’

 National University of Ireland, Galway

Dates: 26-27th of April

Plenary Speaker: Diane Negra, MRIA, Professor of Film Studies and Screen Culture 


EDEN invites postgraduate and early doctoral researchers to explore the theme “Between a Rock and a Robot”. This interdisciplinary conference provides an exciting opportunity for postgraduates across the humanities to share their unique responses to this topic. In bringing together a diverse selection of academic fields and perspectives, the conference will offer a unique space to disseminate and discuss ideas. We welcome submissions from those studying in the island of Ireland and those from further afield working within the Irish context.

The past couple years have seen increasing ecological and technological challenges. The reality of Global Warming is becoming increasingly impossible to ignore, with extreme weather escalating and its resulting impact on Earth’s landscape increasing. However, technological advances have also provided us with opportunities to minimize our impact on the physical world, while simultaneously removing us further from it. This dichotomy provides the perfect opportunity to explore the connection between humanity, the physical environment and technology changes this interaction. The ‘Between a Rock and a Robot: Humans, Habitat, and Technology’ theme invites a broad interpretation of the relationships between people, technology, and the physical environment; allowing for scholarship addressing topics related to politics, identity, language, human rights, geography, drama, film, literature and law. The conference welcomes submissions for academic papers, short performance pieces, and practice-based explorations.

Proposals for papers (20 minutes) are now welcome on any new research by postgraduate researchers on topics including (but not limited to):

  • Physical or psychological boundaries
  • Landscape and change
  • Writing the physical environment
  • Urban/rural divides
  • Ethnicity and identity
  • Language and Landscape
  • Physical environments and social identity
  • Tradition and modernity
  • Mobility, migration
  • Technology and the environment

Abstracts of 250 words and short biographies (approx 100 words) can be submitted to: eden.nuigalway@gmail.com

Note: All technical requirements should be communicated to the conference committee with the abstract submission.

The call for papers will close on Monday March 11th, 2019. For any questions or more information on EDEN, please email us at eden.nuigalway@gmail.com