Our Irish Studies Research Seminar Series runs weekly on Monday afternoons at 4.15 (note new starting time). Seminars are open to members of the university and the public. Come and join us!
Monday 27 January 2020, 4.15pm - Irish Studies Seminar Room, 27 University Square 01.003. Dr Laurence Cooley (Birmingham/QUB): ‘No status – no census!’ The causes and consequences of the 1971 and 1981 Northern Ireland census boycotts
Dr Laurence Cooley is a political scientist whose research investigates the relationship between social identities and political institutions, with a focus on power-sharing institutions and the politics of the census. Between 2017 and 2019, Laurence was an ESRC Future Research Leader, and has been Lecturer in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham since November 2019. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast.
The Institute hosts an annual International Irish Studies Lecture given by a distinguished academic or figure in public service.
Previous lecturers have included Prof David Lloyd (University of California, Riverside), Prof Richard Kearney (Boston College), Prof Joe Lee (New York University), Prof Joep Leerssen (University of Amsterdam), Prof Elizabeth Malcolm (University of Melbourne) and Prof Marianne Elliott (University of Liverpool).
Ireland never features in traditional accounts of the European Renaissance. It’s easy to see why: while literature and the arts flourished elsewhere, all that happened in Ireland during the late 16th & early 17th centuries, it seems, was war, rebellion, famine, defeat and plantation. True, newcomers – often the agents of the Tudor conquest – brought with them offshoots of other people’s Renaissance: Edmund Spenser wrote 'The Faerie Queene', the great Elizabethan epic, in a planter castle in North Cork; Sir George Carew turned the first part of Ercilla’s 'La Araucana' into a military handbook geared to defeating Irish insurgents; and Sir John Harington translated Ariosto’s 'Orlando Furioso' in the interval between colonial adventures in Ireland. But what of the Irish themselves? Where are they in this narrative? This lecture argues that only by adding the rich culture of Gaelic and Gaelicised Ireland to the mix – not to mention the defiantly hybrid culture of the English Pale – can we get begin to recognise the complexity and dynamism of Ireland in the Renaissance and get a more unified sense of its convulsive entry into modernity.TO LISTEN TO THE LECTURE CLICK HERE
Dates: 13/02/2020 - 14/02/2020
Time: 2:00PM - 2:34PM
Location: Institute of Irish Studies (27 University Square), Queen's University Belfast
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