In May 2001 a group of enthusiasts coming from all over Spain gathered at the University of Burgos, answering the call from Inés Praga made some months before about the possibility of creating a Spanish Association for Irish Studies. Then and there a few dozens of scholars founded AEDEI, a forum of knowledge and research on Ireland that has never ceased to summon its members for their annual meeting in May each year. Only in 2007, when the EFACIS international conference was held at the University of Seville, that year's conference was postponed until the following academic course.In every gathering academics, writers, scholars and students, all sharing an interest in Ireland, its culture and history, have offered their insights and knowledge to promote a better understanding about Ireland in Spain. The interdisciplinary nature of the association has been the trademark of AEDEI since the very beginning: classic authors, cinema, new developments in literature, landscape, music, social trends… have been discussed and analyzed.
There is a long list of distinguished academics and writers who have attended our conferences. Among them Fintan O'Toole, Louis de Paor, Margaret Kelleher, Deirdre Madden, Bill Rolston, Roy Foster, Dermot Bolger, Christine St. Peter, Medbh McGuckian, David Pattie, Jamie O'Neill, Éilís Ní Dhuibne and Peter Cunningham could be mentioned.
The list of conferences is as follows:
|- University of Burgos. May 2001. “Irlanda ante un nuevo milenio”.|
|- University of Barcelona. May 2002. “The Representation of Ireland/s. Images from Outside and from Within”.|
|- University of Almería. May 2003. “Irish Landscapes”.|
|- University of Málaga. May 2004. “Humour and Tragedy in Ireland”.|
|- University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona. May 2005. “Re-writing Boundaries”.|
|- University of Valladolid. May 2006. “Imaginary/Real Ireland”.|
|- University of A Coruña. May 2008. “The Rocky Road to Ireland: Irish Studies in the Wake of the Tiger”.|
|- University of Alcalá de Henares. May 2009. “From Local Ireland to Global Ireland: The Reality Beyond”.|
|- University of La Laguna, Tenerife. April-May 2010. "Brandan Rising! Irish Identities Inside and Outside the Island".|
|- University of Oviedo. May 2011. "(Un) Becoming Irishness: Imperfections and National Identities".|
|- University of Huelva. May-June 2012. "Words of Crisis, Crisis of Words. Ireland and the Representation of Critical Times".|