Trinity College Dublin, Carlow College and VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art presents a four day conferenced, titled ‘Conflict, Migration and Identity in Modern Ireland: Global and transnational perspectives’. This conference will host world renowned speakers who will reflect on modern Irish history and culture. Lectures, talks, performances and masterclasses in this unique conference will take place from the 12th to the 15th of April and will be held in Carlow College and VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art. The conference promises insight, education, entertainment and an opportunity to reflect on the fascinating relationship between conflict, migration and identity in modern Irish history and culture. The programme features world-renowned Irish and international academics, artists and commentators, alongside those from our own local colleges here in Carlow.
A highpoint is Professor Joe Lee, from New York University, who will deliver a talk on the Easter Rising, the 1916 proclamation and the role of Patrick Pearse in modern Irish history at 6.45pm on 13 April in the VISUAL. Other key speakers include Professor Bridget Anderson (University of Oxford), Professor Joe Cleary (Maynooth University) and Professor Enda Delaney (University of Edinburgh).
The conference is also 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 Recreating the Pastoral, a major solo show by Yinka Shonibare MBE, Post Colony by Gareth Kennedy and many more exciting performances.