Politics and Narrative in Ireland’s Decade of Commemorations
This multidisciplinary conference brings together experts in history, film, theatre, classical reception, heritage management, gender studies, politics, and memory studies to examine the impact and significance of events in Ireland during the current decade of centenaries (2012-2022), which mark the anniversaries of major changes in Irish history and society that took place between 1912 and 1922.
Invited experts will examine events both related and unrelated to the Irish government’s official programme of commemorations from a variety of scholarly perspectives. Topics addressed will include: political appropriations of Greek tragedy; competing narratives of the 1916 Rising on film; multi-media public engagement; the differences between scholarly history and public history; the politics of spectatorship as a form of witnessing; the significance of women in politics; the concept of hunger strikes as a political tool; the political narratives of the Irish republican party Sinn Féin; the theoretical differences between commemoration and celebration; and comparative perspectives on postcolonial Ireland and India. This exchange will generate new insights into the current climate of memorialization in Ireland, as the decade of commemorations begins to come to a close, and may serve as a useful comparative study for other contexts of commemoration.