In 2015, we are nearing the mid-point of what has been termed Ireland’s ‘Decade of Centenaries’. This period has already seen the development of several large-scale commemorative projects, such as that around the centenary of 1913 and of the beginning of the Great War, as well as many conferences, lectures and events contextualizing and exploring these events and their broader symbolic meaning.
In the current conversation around the Decade of Centenaries, the emphasis has been on the historical events themselves and their larger political impact and position. This conference seeks to move beyond this narrative, focusing on the participatory, performative, visual, material and social aspects of commemoration.
‘Designing Commemoration: performance, process and participation’ will explore and reflect on the experience of designing and creating commemorative events, works of art or places, as well as the experience of participation in commemoration in visual and material culture. Moving beyond the chronological limits of the Decade of Centenaries, papers exploring a wide range of commemorative events or experiences, contemporary and historical, national and international, are invited.
Papers will cover a range of disciplinary perspectives, including historians, activists, art historians, geographers, architects, designers, artists, musicians, those involved in commissioning commemoration, dancers, festive artists, community arts practitioners and street theatre practitioners.
This conference will take place on 8th and 9th October 2015 at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick and the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.
Keynote speakers: Professor Ronald Grimes (Director of Ritual Studies International and Professor Emeritus of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University), Noeline Kavanagh (Artistic Director, Macnas) and Dr. Sighle Bhreathnach Lynch (art historian and author).
Full details of this conference, including the full programme and keynote details, are available here: https://designingcommemoration.wordpress.com/
This conference is free and open to all. You can now register for the conference here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/designing-commemoration-conference-ul-and-tcd-8th-9th-october-2015-tickets-17905212974
This conference is presented by the MA Festive Arts programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and TRIARC: the Irish Art Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin, with support from the MA Ritual Chant and Song at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
‘Designing Commemoration: performance, process and participation’ is presented by the MA Festive Arts programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick and TRIARC: the Irish Art Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin. This two-day conference will take place in the University of Limerick and Trinity College Dublin on the 8th and 9th October, 2015.
Dr. Kathryn Milligan, Trinity College Dublin (@katymilligan)
Dr. Niamh NicGhabhann, University of Limerick (@Niamh_NicGhabh)