CFP: Conflict, Migration and Identity in Modern Ireland: Global and transnational perspectives


Trinity College Dublin, Carlow College and VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art present:

 Conflict, Migration and Identity in Modern Ireland: 

Global and transnational perspectives  

 13-15 April 2016

 Visual Conference

Yinka Shionibare, Cannonball Heaven, 2011.  Image Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery

 Keynote Speakers:

Professor Bridget Anderson (Oxford University)

Professor Joe Cleary (Maynooth University)

Professor Enda Delaney (University of Edinburgh)

Professor Joe Lee (New York University)

This interdisciplinary conference will offer a timely opportunity to examine and reflect on the relationships between conflict, migration and identity in modern Irish history and culture. Along with local and national perspectives on conflict, migration and identity, we also seek contributions that explore the Irish experience within transnational and global trends, connections and contexts. Masterclasses on the histories, sociology and literatures of migration, conflict and identity will also be offered by Professor Kerby Miller (University of Missouri), Dr. William O’Reilly (University of Cambridge and Fellow at Harvard University), Dr. Liam Harte (University of Manchester) and Dr. Mary Gilmartin (Maynooth University). The conference will be set within the context of VISUAL’s spring exhibition programme of Irish and international work which explores questions of contemporary cultural identities in response to the centenary of the 1916 Rising. The programme includes a major solo show by Yinka Shonibare MBE, Post Colony by Gareth Kennedy, new work by Clodagh Emoe in collaboration with Spiresi, a humanitarian, intercultural, non-governmental organisation that works with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants; The Great Wall by Tadhg O Sullivan; and a new musical composition in response to the season’s themes, by musicians Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Iarla Ó Lionáird.

Proposals for individual papers (max. 20mins) and for complete panel sessions from all relevant disciplines are welcome.

 Suggested topics may include but are not restricted to:

  •  Relationships between migration and revolutionary violence
  • Warfare, political conflict and migration
  • Migration and ideas of nationhood and integration
  • Migration, crime and violence
  • Ireland within the global experience of migration
  • Resistance and subaltern identities in Irish and transnational contexts
  • Representations of migration, conflict and identity in modern Irish literature
  • The politics of representation: migrant voices within media, art and culture
  • Northern Ireland: experiences of conflict, migration and identity

Please send proposals of 200-250 words and a brief biography to the following email address:

Closing date for receipt of proposals: 1 February 2016

Conference Organizers:

Dr Richard Mc Mahon (Dept of History, TCD), Ann Mulrooney (CEO, VISUAL), Dr David Ralph (Dept of Sociology, TCD), Dr Eoghan Smith (Dept of Humanities, Carlow College), Dr Simon Workman (Dept of Humanities, Carlow College)

 The event is co-produced by Trinity College Dublin, Carlow College and VISUAL, and will be hosted within Carlow College and VISUAL