'Space, Place, Obligation' is a one-day interdisciplinary conference organised by Niamh Campbell, hosted by the Department of English at Maynooth University, and supported & funded by the Irish Research Council, featuring presentations and conversations about art and Irishness with a number of writers, artists, academics, and cultural producers working in Ireland today.
As part of 'Space, Place, Obligation' I will be in conversation with Niamh Campbell on themes around my essay 'Shedding Poetry's National Baggage' and my writing practice.
Saturday 15 September 2018
9am to 6pm
Iontas Building, Maynooth University
Plenaries: Dr Garrett Carr, Queen's University Belfast; Dr Catherine Morris, NUI Galway.
Dr Julie Bates, Kevin Breathneach, Sean Borodale, Seán Ó Dálaigh, Nathan O'Donnell, Paul Gaffney, Laura Fitzgerald, Katie Watchorn, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Mollie King, Kerry Guinan, Kate Heffernan, Selina Guinness, and Christodoulos Makris.
Registration through Eventbrite.
From the conference brief:
"The degree to which, if at all, we address Ireland and concomitant ideas of Irishness, of belonging, of exile, out outsider status and insider status, as oppositional, as black sheep or members of a tradition, differs from artist to artist and project to project. Gender effects this; ethnicity effects this; experience effects this.
"Do you belong? Have you ever belonged? Do you want to belong? What does belonging consist in?"