Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Ireland-Wales Symposium 'Romantic Nations' at Cardiff University Oct 24-25 2008
We are writing to let you know that our next AHRC-funded Ireland-Wales symposium will take place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th October, on the topic of Ireland and Wales: Romantic Nations.
We have attached the provisional version of the programme. Registration details to follow. (The event will be free and open to all and will include lunches, teas and coffees).
Among the highlights of the event is a public lecture by the award-winning Welsh animator Mike Young -
- the title of whose talk is "'Taking on the Mouse': Wales, Ireland and the Animation Trade'.
Ticket bookings for this talk have not yet opened, but we'll keep you posted.
Finally, the Cardiff University Wales-Ireland seminar continues into 2008-9.
The autumn lectures will be given by Dr Kirsti Bohata (Swansea University);
Michael Houlihan (Director General, National Museum Wales);
Dr Eamonn Hughes (Queens University Belfast).
Details as follows:
Oct 14 – Kirsti Bohata (Swansea University) ‘George Moore and Caradoc Evans’
Nov 25 – Michael Houlihan (National Museum of Wales) ‘Cultural memory and history in national museum spaces’
Dec 9 – Eamonn Hughes (Queen's University, Belfast) ‘Celtic Crime Fiction’
Seminars take place in Room 2.47, Humanities Building (off Colum Drive), Cardiff University on Thursdays at 5.15 p.m.
Parking in the Colum Drive Car Park is free from 4.30 pm.
For Location Guides, visit
Cardiff University Map
Please note change of day - from our usual Monday slot to Thursdays in the coming year.
We'd be most grateful if you could forward this message to others who might be interested.
Claire Connolly, Katie Gramich, Paul O'Leary
AHRC Ireland-Wales Research Network
Dr. Mark Leslie Woods's recommended Irish and Celtic Studies reading for September 2008:
Film, Media and Popular Culture in Ireland
Cityscapes, Landscapes, Soundscapes
by Martin McLoone
This collection of essays from Martin McLoone takes a new look at
contemporary culture in Ireland through the filter of three main
developments – the ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy in the South, the peace
process in the North and the general rise in Ireland of ‘diasporan
The book considers the impact of these three factors on
the film, television, and music produced in Ireland, mostly since the
1990s, and speculates on how this popular culture reflects both what
has been gained in the new Ireland but also what has been lost.
Specific concerns of the book are the secularisation of Ireland and
popular culture’s assault on the Church generally (and the priest in
particular); the changing cityscapes and landscapes of the new Ireland;
the ‘death’ of politics; sexual freedom and personal liberation; the problem of representing unionist culture in the North; Van Morrison’s Belfast and the rise of ‘possessive individualism’ in Ireland.
The book celebrates the new Ireland but also raises issues about the loss of aspects of Irish identity that were valuable and suggests the need for a new ‘collective imaginary’ that might reinvigorate Irish identity in the new millennium.
AIM: ATRiuM Intelligent Media
Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff
Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries
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