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    Bronwen Walter, Inaugural lecture: 9 Sept, 2008

    By Noreen Bowden | July 29, 2008

    Professor Bronwen Walter, Professor of Irish Diaspora Studies at Anglia Ruskin University, will give her inaugural lecture on 9 September.

    The lecture is entitled “Close to home: Irish/English entanglements�. Professor Walter says,

    How Irish are the English?  The English have had an ambivalent relationship with the Irish for centuries. Constructions of the Irish as the uncivilized and violent ‘other’, which defines the boundaries of Englishness, are well-recognised. But hybridities between the two – mixing, borrowing, overlaps, exchanges, incorporations – are often overlooked or misread. Novels may provide unexpected routes into these private worlds which are often beyond the reach of social research. In this inaugural lecture I explore some ways in which these identities constitute shared ‘diaspora spaces’, both in England and more distantly.

    Professor Walter is internationally recognised for her research on Irish migration to Britain and the wider experiences of the Irish diaspora. She may be best known to Ean members for her work on the report, “Irish emigrants and Irish communities abroad: a study of existing sources of information and analysis for the Task Force on Policy Regarding Emigrants�.

    The September 9 lecture will take place at 5 pm in Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

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