The American Conference for Irish Studies is a multidisciplinary scholarly organization with approximately 1500 members in the United States, Ireland, Canada, and other countries around the world. Each spring the ACIS holds a national conference attended by 300-400 people from the academic community and the general public. 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.
Both national and regional meetings include plenary speakers, academic sessions in all fields of Irish Studies, poetry and fiction readings, films, and performances of Irish music and plays. In recent years the ACIS has met in Boston, Madison, Omaha, and New York, as well as Dublin, Galway, Belfast, and Limerick. In 2001, the national meeting took place in New York; in 2001, in Milwaukee. The national meeting will take place in Minneapolis/St. Paul in 2000.
The ACIS was founded in 1960 as the American Committee for Irish Studies; it is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a non-profit organization.
ACIS Annual: Politics and Performance in Contemporary Northern Ireland