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    Screening the Irish in Britain: Trinity College Dublin, 26 Sept 09

    Thursday, August 20th, 2009

    The provisional schedule for “Screening the Irish in Britain”, a film conference being hosted at Trinity College Dublin on 26 September, has been announced.

    The conference is being held in the Samuel Beckett seminar room at the Samuel Beckett Centre.

    This project is supported by the Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub Research Initiative Funding Scheme, and there is no attendance fee.

    If you would like to be kept up to date with the project, please email your name to the project director, Dr Ruth Barton (

    Provisional Schedule

    9.15: Seminar opening

    Dr Marcus Free, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick:
    On the Edge: the Irish in Britain as a Troubled and Troubling Presence in the Work of Jimmy McGovern and Alan Bleasdale

    Dr Paula Gilligan, IADT:
    ‘Free Agents-mobile reflexive and white’; Representation of the
    ‘Professional’ Irish Women in Contemporary Popular English TelevisionDrama.

    Dr Pat Brereton, Dublin City University
    Fictional representations of the Irish in Contemporary British TV Drama: A case study of EastEnders [1997 special set in Ireland] and Father Ted et al.

    10.50�11.15: Coffee break

    Prof Charles Barr, University College Dublin
    Ealing’s View of Ireland

    Daniel Fitzpatrick
    Reexamining Sister Clodagh’s ‘Irishness’ in Black Narcissus (1947)

    Dr Lance Pettitt, Leeds Metropolitan University:
    Between Archive and Anecdote: Towards an Exilic History of Irish Cinema in England

    1.15�2.15 – Lunch break

    Prof John Hill, Royal Holloway, University of London
    The Irish and Working-class ‘Authenticity’ in the films of Ken Loach

    Prof Bronwen Walter, Anglia Ruskin University
    Including the Irish: taken-for-granted representations of the Irish in England

    Prof Martin McLoone, University of Ulster
    Why Didn’t Kevin Keegan play for Ireland? Contrasting Narratives of the Irish in Britain

    3.35�3.55: Coffee Break

    3.55 – 5.15
    Zélie Asava, University College Dublin
    ‘No blacks, no dogs, no Irish’: being black and Irish in Neil Jordan’s Britain

    Emmie McFadden, Sheffield Hallam University,
    Hyde and Seek: English-Irish Hybridity in Stephen Frears’ Mary Reilly

    Padraic Killeen, Trinity College Dublin
    Stained Flesh – Ireland As Idyll / Damp Patch in Mike Leigh’s Naked

    Deirdre Lynch, Dublin Institute of Technology:
    ‘ReConfiguring Elderly Male Irish Immigrants in London through
    Ethnographic Film Practice’

    Screening: I Only Came Over for a Couple of Years… (2003)
    Dir: David Kelly, Prod: Tony Murray
    This film will be introduced by Dr Tony Murray, London Metropolitan University

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    The Irish In Britain: UCD John Hume Institute, 23 Nov. 2009

    Saturday, July 25th, 2009

    The Irish Diaspora conferences that took place in New York in 2007 and Dublin in 2008 will be followed up in 2009 with a London event. The John Hume Institute for Irish Studies has announced the preliminary schedule for “The Irish in Britain: A Conversation with the Diaspora”, which will be held at the Royal Society in London on Monday, 23 November, 2009.

    Organisers say:

    In 2007 we started a conversation with the Irish Diaspora with an event in New York.  1000 people came along and participated in a lively, informative and entertaining debate.  Last year we brought the discussion to Dublin and this year we would like to continue that spirit of lively interaction with the Irish in Britain.  This special event takes as its premise that lasting transformations within Ireland and of Irish Society, whether political, cultural, social or economic have been shaped and informed by the Irish abroad.  This event is about exploring that proposition by looking at three significant issues in our relatively recent past and drawing on the strands arising from that exploration to inform and frame an open floor discussion on the Irish in Britain today and tomorrow.

    One curious thing about the programme as it has been initially released is that there seems to be a lack of involvement of the Irish in Britain as speakers, but perhaps that will be rectified by the time the final lineup is announced.

    Outline Programme
    08:30 a.m. Registration

    09:00 a.m. Welcome: Hugh Brady, President of UCD

    09:15 a.m.
    Session One: Towards 2016

    This session takes as its theme the notion of the Irish abroad as the significant engine of political change. Contributions will look at the influence of the “Irish” cities of Britain and America on the formation of key figures involved in 1916 and the years that followed, the role of the Irish abroad in the formation and sustaining of a republican movement, the relationships between the new state and the Irish abroad and the consequences of the legacies of historic events and their commemoration for the present and future generations.

    Participants will include Mary Daly, Diarmaid Ferriter, Michael Kennedy and Bob Schmuhl

    10:30 a.m. Coffee

    11:00 a.m.
    Session Two: Joyc(e)ity

    The theme of this session will be the Diaspora as creative impulse. In particular contributions will explore aspects of the Aesthetic of Exile, Joyce and the contribution of the Irish to “Modernism” and the phenomenon of a diaspora of cultural artefacts.

    Participants will include Luca Crispi, Anne Fogarty, Declan Kiberd, and Frank McGuinness

    12:30 a.m. Lunch

    2:00 p.m.
    Session Three: Ties That Bind

    The session will explore cultural branding, identity and social cohesion in Britain and Ireland.  It will take as a starting point two iconic identifiers of “Irishness”, the GAA and Guinness, both of whom celebrate milestone anniversaries in 2009

    Participants will include Cormac O’Grada and Paul Rouse

    3:00 p.m. Coffee

    3:30 p.m.
    Session Four: What does the future hold for Ireland and its Diaspora?

    An open floor discussion will be led by a special guest panel.

    5.00 p.m. Closing remarks: Hugh Brady

    7:30 for 8:00 The Forum will be followed by a dinner and the presentation of The John Hume Medal

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    Screening the Irish in Britain: TCD, Dublin; Sept 2009

    Saturday, July 18th, 2009

    The Department of Film Studies at Trinity College in Dublin has announced the the launch of the “Screening the Irish in Britain” research project. The project complements the established “Screening Irish-America”. The project has been initiated to research and analyse screen images of the Irish in Britain, both historically and in the present, including images in film, television and the internet.

    Organisers have issued a call for papers for an upcoming conference:

    We invite interested academics to participate in a symposium/workshop to be held at Trinity College Dublin on Saturday 26 September 2009. Speakers
    confirmed to date include:

    • Professor John Hill (Royal Holloway, University of London)
    • Dr Lance Pettitt (Leeds Metropolitan University)

    We welcome interdisciplinary and subject-specific approaches and hope to
    develop a dialogue between this topic and other topics associated with Irish
    diaspora studies.

    Proposals should be limited to around 200 words and be accompanied by brief biographical details.

    If you would like to be kept up to date with the project, please email your
    name to the project director, Dr Ruth Barton (

    All proposals should be sent to

    This project is supported by the Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub
    Research Initiative Funding Scheme.

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    International Conference on Diaspora and Development. World Bank, Washington DC: July 13-14 2009

    Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

    From the World Bank:

    The Migration and Remittances team of the Development Economics Prospects Group and the Migration Working Group of the World Bank are organizing an International Conference on Diaspora and Development on July 13-14, 2009.

    The diaspora of developing countries can be a potent force for development for their countries of origin, through remittances, but more importantly, through the promotion of trade, investments, knowledge and technology transfers. The conference aims to consolidate research and evidence on these issues with a view to formulating policies in both sending and receiving countries.

    The Keynote session will focus on the “Impact of the Crisis on Migration and Remittances”, while there will be other sessions on

    • Diaspora as a strategy for the global mobility of skills
    • Contributions of unskilled diaspora to development
    • Mobilising diaspora investments
    • Deepening diaspora ties
    • Mobilising highly-skilled diaspora
    • Working with diaspora and diaspora associations
    • Diaspora actions
    • Collective remittances: country experiences
    • Circular migration and returns

    The agenda notes there will be an (unnamed) representative from Ireland speaking as part of the panel discussion on diaspora ties.

    Visit Conference website.

    Australasian Irish Studies Conference: Massey University, NZ; 9-12 July 2009

    Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

    Ireland and the Irish Antipodes: One World or Worlds Apart?

    The Irish Studies Associaton of Australian and New Zealand will host its conference from the 9th to 12th of July at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.

    Organisers say:

    Australia and New Zealand were essentially secondary destinations for the post-1800 waves of Irish leaving to make new lives overseas, accounting for no more than 10 per cent in most decades. Yet the two countries have regularly been identified by scholars as appropriate ‘laboratories’ for studying the nature and impacts of Irish migration over time. This conference seeks to review research undertaken both at the points of origin and destination and to pose new questions. Were the Irish communities that took root in the Antipodes essentially transplanted fragments of the homeland? How did they evolve, and to what extent was their evolution influenced by developments at home? Were there noticeable differences between the Australian and New Zealand Irish experiences, and if so how may these best be explained? What is the relationship today between Ireland and its most far-flung diasporic communities?

    With seven keynote speakers providing contextual signposts, the topics to be addressed over three days will be diverse. Historical themes range from aspects of early convict transportation to Australia, through Irish-Maori relations in New Zealand, to late twentieth century economic interactions. Cultural life will also be a focus, Irish literature, theatre and music – both traditional and contemporary – being scheduled for discussion. A particular consideration will be how the Antipodean Irish are being depicted in historical reconstructions and displays. Necessarily, many of the contributions will reflect collective experiences, but provision has also been made for papers on those of individuals and families. The utility of oral history for recording the experiences of more recent arrivals will also be assessed.

    See the conference website.

    Irish in Britain Seminar: London, May-June 2009

    Monday, May 11th, 2009

    The Irish Studies Centre at London Metropolitan University is hosting their annual “Irish in Britain Seminar Series”.The series is is an informal opportunity for any interested in engaging with current issues and research about the Irish in Britain.

    • Tuesday 26 May, Prof Bronwen Walter, Anglia Ruskin University
      Fictional Irish Presences in English Diaspora Space: a Social Science Exploration
    • Tuesday 2 June, Dr Ann Rossiter
    • “Hidden Histories: The Irish ‘Abortion Trail’ and the Undercover Support Network within the London-Irish Community
    • Wednesday 10 June, Dr Nicole McLennan, London Metropolitan University
      Irish Connections: London’s County Associations
    • Tuesday 16 June, Dr Reg Hall
      Researching the Irish in Britain: Methodological Approaches

    For more information:

    Irish in Britain Seminar Series 2009

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