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 23 Sept. 2019, 4.15pm - Irish Studies Seminar Room, 27 University Square 01.003. All welcome. Booklaunch of Civic Identity and Public Space: Belfast since 1780 (Manchester UP, 2019) by Dominic Bryan and Sean Connolly Speakers: Prof. Dominic Bryan, Prof. Sean Connolly and Prof. Peter Gray (QUB) To be followed by a drinks reception
Dominic Bryan is Professor of Anthropology, Sean Connolly is Professor Emeritus of Irish History and Peter Gray is Professor of Modern Irish History at QUB.
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
The Reading Group in Irish Studies is open to all interested postgrads (MA and PhD), and is run by the Postgrads.
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