The Ninth Conference of
TOWARDS 2016: OLD AND NEW IRELANDS
5-7 JUNE 2013, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY
[Cniog anseo don leagan Gaeilge]
Keynote Lectures: Professor Diarmaid Ferriter (Professor of Modern Irish History, University College Dublin), Dr. Alan Ahearne (Member of the Commission of the Central Bank of Ireland and Special Advisor to former Irish Minister for Finance (2008-2011) Brian Lenihan), and Peter Taylor (Award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer and investigative journalist).
Confirmed Participating Artistes: Director and Novelist Neil Jordan; Novelist and Playwright Patrick McCabe; Theatre director and Druid Theatre co-founder Garry Hynes.
1916 was a crucial moment in the development of modern Ireland. The year is famously associated with the Easter Rising that provided an inspirational event for the emergence of the independent Irish Free-State in 1922. However, for Unionists in Ireland, 1916 is remembered for quite a different military encounter, the Battle of the Somme, which continues to hold an important place in constructions of Unionist identity. Beyond the political sphere, 1916 marked the publication of James’ Joyce’s first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and was the setting for Sean O’Casey’s seminal play The Plough and the Stars as well as one of W.B. Yeats’ most anthologized poems, ‘Easter 1916’. Indeed, 1916 also saw the foundation of Ireland’s first indigenous film company, The Film Company of Ireland, whose co-founder James Mark Sullivan was arrested after the Rising and charged with complicity. 1916 was also the year in which Ireland was aligned to Greenwich Mean Time for the first time, supplanting Dublin Mean Time, bringing the island temporally closer to the rest of the United Kingdom in the same year that would mark an important point in the changing political relationship between the UK and Ireland.
As we approach the centenary of 1916, the continuing resonance of events in that year to contemporary Ireland was evident in the November 18 2010 editorial of The Irish Times the day after it was announced Ireland was to receive a financial bailout from the EU and IMF. ‘Was it for this?’, the editorial asked, ‘the men of 1916 died’ thus highlighting the gendering of commemoration. This conference features contributions on the theme of ‘TOWARDS 2016: OLD AND NEW IRELANDS’ from a variety of perspectives and disciplines including history, gender studies, politics, economics, diaspora studies, cultural geography, digital culture, literature, theatre, folklore, film and media studies, language, sociology, philosophy, psychology, trauma studies, theology, ecocriticism, sport and cultural studies. This is in line with the concern of EFACIS to develop, in a European context, teaching and research in Irish Studies as an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field of study. It is envisaged that a series of publications further to this conference will be published to coincide with the centenary in 2016.
As the deadline for abstract submission has now passed, we are no longer accepting proposals.
NB: Only paid-up members of EFACIS are eligible to read papers at this conference. Membership subscriptions for EFACIS may be taken out or renewed at the conference. Membership of EFACIS is €30 for individuals, €15 for graduate/postgraduate students and membership through institutional affiliation (institutes and research centres). To join EFACIS beforehand, please contact the EFACIS Treasurer, Mark Schreiber, firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information please contact:
Huston School of Film & Digital Media,
Tel: +353 (0) 91 495687
Conference Organising Committee: Seán Crosson, Philip Dine, Conn Holohan, Anne Karhio, Patrick Lonergan, Tina-Karen Pusse, Jeannine Woods.