Public Cultures

‘Making Ireland’ Research Theme: 2016 Conference Series
Institutions and Ireland: Public Cultures
Sponsored by Trinity Long Room Hub for Arts and Humanities Research Institute
and the Making Ireland Research Theme

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Trinity Long Room Hub :  Thursday, 27 October 2016

9.15-9.45: Registration and Coffee

9.45: Opening Remarks

10.00-11.30 Panel One: Heritage and Preservation

Chair: Aoife Dempsey (TCD)

Theresa Wray (Independent Scholar): ‘‘Alone with the past’: Private Experience, Public Benefit.’

Sarah Gearty (Royal Irish Academy): ‘The Irish Historic Towns Atlas Project in the Royal Irish Academy.’

Sharon Healy (Irish Military Archives): ‘Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: A Case Study on the Necessity for a More Rigorous Approach to the Preservation of Online Irish Cultural and Political Heritage.’


11.30-13.00 Panel Two: Irish Poetry and the Institution

Chair: Tom Walker (TCD)

Rosie Lavan (TCD): ‘Seamus Heaney and the Canon Wars.’

James Gallacher (University of Liverpool): ‘Not an Ulsterman’: Northern Voices in Kavanagh’s Weekly

Melony Samantha Bethala (University of York): ‘The Roger Casement Epigraph: An Archival Examination of Medbh McGuckian’s Early Career with Oxford University Press.’

13.00–14.00 LUNCH

14.00-15.30: Panel Three: The Life Cycle of the Irish Literary Tradition / Tréimhse Saoil Litríochta na Gaeilge

Chair: Caitlin Nic Iomhair (TCD)

Christina Cleary (TCD): ‘The Uí Mhaoil Chonaire and Their Role in Preserving Medieval Irish Literature.’

Chantal Kobel (NUI Maynooth): ‘Words, Words and more Words: the Establishment and Development of Ireland’s Lexicographical Tradition.’

Sarah Künzler (TCD): ‘The filid: Men of (Cultural) Memory, or Shapers of Irish History?’

Deirdre Nic Chárthaigh (TCD): ‘Ról an Chumainn Oisín i gCaomhnú agus in Aistriú Chorpas na Fiannaíochta / The Role of the Ossianic Society in the Preservation and Translation of Fenian Literature.’

Nicole Volmering (TCD): ‘The Irish Franciscans: Preserving Irish History and Literature in Louvain.’


15.30-17.00 Panel Four: Economics of Culture

Chair: Gavin Doyle (TCD)

Bridget Troy (DePaul University): ‘The Comparative Advantage of Cultural Congruence: a Study on Irish FDI.’

Patrick Mullen (Northeastern University): ‘Queer Tourism and Public Culture: Dissenting Sexualities in the Age of Neoliberalism.’

Kieran McCarthy (Independent Scholar): ‘Towards an Integrated Approach for Cultural Heritage: Dilemmas and Challenges within the European Union.’

17.00-17.15 COFFEE

17.15 Keynote Address

Chair: Prof Nicholas Grene (TCD)

Prof Geraldine Higgins (Emory University): ‘Locating Irish Studies in the Archive.’

18:15–19:15 Wine Reception (Long Room Hub)


Conference: ‘Law, Punishment and Accountability’

TCD, Long Room Hub, Tuesday, 7 June 2016


See Schedule for full programme / Eventbrite for Free Registration

* Examining Inquiries
* Accountability and Human Rights
* Representations of the Law
* State Containment
* Industrial Memories: Digitally Reading and Analysing the Ryan Report

Sponsored by Trinity Long Room Hub for Arts and Humanities Research Institute

and Making Ireland TCD Research Theme.

Schedule for Medicine, Health, and Welfare on the 5th of February 2016

The first in this series of interdisciplinary workshops will investigate the role of the institutions of medicine, health, and welfare in “making” Ireland. Four interdisciplinary panels of medical practitioners, historians, sociologists, and literary scholars will discuss the role of institutions in Ireland, past and present. Panels include architecture of the state, patient care, gender and sexuality, and childbirth.

Please find our complete schedule here. More details about the roundtable to follow shortly.

You can also find our eventbrite registration page here.


This is the main source of information for Institutions and Ireland, a series of workshops which seeks to explore Ireland’s continuously evolving relationships with institutions. Initiated by a group of postgraduate students from Trinity College Dublin, the workshops will undertake this analysis from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on the expertise of both researchers and practitioners in the areas of economics, medicine, history, literature, culture and many others.