The idea to establish a Swiss network for scholars working in the field of Irish studies originated from discussions, in March 2019, between the Zurich James Joyce Foundation, the UZH English Department, and the Embassy of Ireland, Switzerland.
As a result of these discussions, The Swiss Centre of Irish Studies @ the Zurich James Joyce Foundation (SCIS-ZJJF) was established on May 1, 2019.
The aims of The Swiss Centre of Irish Studies @ the Zurich James Joyce Foundation (SCIS-ZJJF) are to:
- reflect and strengthen the unique role of the Zurich James Joyce Foundation as a cultural landmark and place of research of international importance;
- increase the visibility of Irish Studies at Swiss universities and beyond;
- promote interdisciplinary collaborations within Switzerland, between individual scholars as well as with partner institutions (e.g. the world-renowned Stiftsbibliothek in St. Gallen);
- facilitate scholarly exchange with members of European networks, as well as academics working across the globe.
In July 2019, the Swiss Centre of Irish Studies @ the Zurich James Joyce Foundation was accepted as a member of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS).
The SCIS logo was adopted in November 2020. It was designed by Amelie Sproll, as the winning entry of a Swiss-wide student competition sponsored by the Embassy of Ireland, Switzerland.