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Symposium: Multilingual Legacies of Ireland's Revolution and Civil War

An in-person symposium with online presentation options, on 24 March 2023

March 24, 2023
Queen's University Belfast
09:00 - 17:00

Ireland's revolutionary period (1916-23) is generally studied and approached in terms of the English language. This does not reflect the rich linguistic landscape of early-20th century Ireland: large sections of the country were still Irish speaking, the travelling Minceir community were strongly grounded in their own linguistic traditions, while regional dialects and language varieties, including Ulster Scots, were not just a marker of geographic background but also of socioeconomic class.

THis symposium invites contributions from scholars working across different languages. It aims to explore how the events of the Irish revolution and civil war were conceived and reconceived in various languages at home and abroad at different points in time and during different political moments. In an increasingly diverse Ireland, what can we learn from these multilingual legacies?

CFP closes 10 Dec. 2023

For more information, contact Dr Siobhra Aiken (

School of Arts, English and Languages
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Name Dr Siobhra Aiken