The Leuven Centre for Irish Studies

The Leuven Centre for Irish Studies (LCIS) is a multi- and interdisciplinary research centre of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Irish College Leuven.

The Centre has three objectives: first, to stimulate cooperation between researchers from Irish universities and from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; second, to conduct research into three fields of Irish Studies—Literature, History, Theology, Philosophy and Fine Arts; Peace and Transformative Growth; Economics, Business, Law, Innovation and Valorisation; and thirdly, to promote cultural events at the Irish College in Leuven.

These objectives are achieved through cultural and academic events that are organised throughout the year, academic conferences and workshops, and the LCIS Lecture Series.

European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies

The European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS) is a network of 52 universities across Europe, founded to promote interest in and support the expansion of Irish Studies. Its focus is the study and debate of all aspects of society, culture and literature of the island of Ireland and the Irish diaspora.

EFACIS’ main activities include: the international peer-reviewed Journal RISE (; international PhD seminars in Irish Studies; conferences and workshops; the Irish Itinerary—a series of Irish culture (film, music, art and literature) events hosted by centres of Irish studies in European countries; the Translation Projects (Yeats, Banville, Aistriu); and creative input from Irish artists on Kaleidoscope.

Irish College Leuven is the centre for the secretariat for EFACIS and supports the work of the organisation on a daily basis.