Dalarna University Centre for Irish Studies is the first centre for Irish Studies in Sweden. The centre plays a key role within NISN, the Nordic Irish Studies Network, and publishes the peer-reviewed Nordic Irish Studies journal, in cooperation with NISN.

DUCIS has hosted five international conferences since its inauguration in 2003 and, as part of the English Department at Dalarna University, it has helped organise the first student conferences in Sweden. It has also organised a bilingual Beckett Symposium in collaboration with Karlstad University. All our courses are taught online as well as on campus.

Guest lecturers and visiting writers have regularly contributed to DUCIS research culture; bilateral agreements at the university level have enabled student and staff exchanges with institutions throughout the world, including the University of Limerick. The latest international conference, "A New Ireland?: Representations of History in Literature and Culture", took place in Falun on 3-4 November 2011.


As the first centre of Irish Studies in Sweden, DUCIS provides a forum where staff and students can further their research in Irish Studies, and establish and maintain contact with other scholars working in the field of Irish Studies in Sweden and Scandinavia, as well as internationally.

The aims of DUCIS are as follows:

  • to provide a national focal point for Irish Studies in Sweden
  • to raise the profile of Irish Studies in Sweden, and, through cooperation with Nordic scholars, in the Scandinavian countries
  • to help broaden the field of Irish Studies by including theoretical and philosophical perspectives
  • to provide a forum for researchers in Irish Studies, and to help disseminate research findings to a wider audience
  • to organise conferences and symposia in Irish Studies, where students and staff can present their research
  • to publish the scholarly journal Nordic Irish Studies for NISN (Nordic Irish Studies Network) in cooperation with CISA, the Centre for Irish Studies, Aarhus, Denmark
  • to facilitate exchange and cooperation between Swedish and international scholars of Irish Studies by participating in exchange programmes and joint research projects, in addition to conference activities
  • to become a centre of cultural exchange for visiting Irish writers and scholars
  • to become a centre of scholarship across a wide range of disciplines, such as music, art, history, anthropology, and religion
  • to arrange cultural activities, such as readings from visiting Irish writers
  • to maintain a website and links to other websites of interest for Irish Studies

DUCIS warmly welcomes the participation of all those who are supportive of its aims. Please contact Billy Gray, Carmen Zamorona Llena, or David Gray to request additional information on current projects or to suggest possible contributions to our research.

Information for Prospective Students

There are several advantages to studying Irish literature at Dalarna University, both from an academic and a cultural point of view.

Academically, Dalarna University Centre for Irish Studies is dedicated to providing first-class education in Irish literature. Not only do we offer courses that give an in-depth knowledge of Irish literature from a cultural and historical perspective,but we also place great emphasis on broadening Irish Studies to include the latest developments in literary theory and philosophy. In addition, students develop advanced skills in research methodology and in the English language, thus acquiring an excellent academic basis for research at the doctoral level.

We also encourage students to disseminate their research findings and to participate actively in academic debate by attending conferences and publishing their work. The English Department includes lecturers from all over the English-speaking world, such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, America, and Australia, and regularly invites foreign scholars in Irish Studies to be guest lecturers and seminar leaders.

Please visit Study in Sweden for information about Swedish academic life, and scholarships and grants available to international students. 

Staff Profiles

Janice Holmes (Open University, Ireland)
Senior Lecturer History



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