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Irish Anthropology Day

May 19 2022 @ 12:00 am

Irish Anthropology Day

19 May 2022

Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin

This seminar is dedicated to the anthropology on/of the island of Ireland. Co-organized by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland and the Department of Anthropology at Maynooth University, together with colleagues in Queens University Belfast, the event follows in a series of meetings featuring anthropology of different country and regional traditions organized by the RAI.

If you are not a speaker and wish to attend the event, please RSVP by 4:00 p.m. Friday 13 May 2022 at anthropology.office@mu.ie.


9.00 – 9.45     Arrivals and Welcome Tea and Coffee

9.45 – 10.00     Opening Remarks – David Shankland (Director, RAI), Mark Maguire (Dean, Maynooth University)
10.00 – 10.20 – Opening Lecture – Helena Wulff (Stockholm University)
Irish Inspirations: Studying Dancers and Writers in a New Key
(Introduction – Hana Cervinkova, Maynooth University)

10.30 – 11.15  –  Part 1 – Histories and Geographies
(Moderator – Hana Cervinkova)

Seamas O’Siochain (Maynooth University)  
Remarks on the History of the Anthropological Association of Ireland

Lawrence Taylor (Maynooth University)
An bhfaca tú riamh áit ar bith chomh iargúlta? (Have you ever seen a place so remote?): Reflections on moral geography at the edge of Ireland

11.15 – 11.45 – Tea and Coffee Break

11.45 – 13.00  – Part 2 – Discourse and Narrative
(Moderator – David Shankland)

Steve Coleman (Maynooth University)
The ethnography of discourse and the discourse of ethnography in Ireland

Hilary Leathem (Queen’s University Belfast)
Towards an Anthropology of History in Ireland

Karen Lane (St. Andrew’s University)
Shaping the Story of Place: Ethnographic Attention and the Anthropological Metanarrative

Matthew Gault (Queen’s University Belfast)  
Stories and the ‘Troubles’ Memorial Landscape in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

13:00 – 14.00 – Lunch

14.00 – 15.15  – Part 3  –  Changing Landscapes I
(Moderator – David Shankland)

Thomas Wilson (Binghamton University)
From Large Farms to Little Dublins:  Culture and Class (revisited) in Suburban Eastern Ireland

Gordon Ramsey (Queen’s University Belfast)
The Good Thing About Sectarianism?  An Intersectional Approach to Social Class and Sectarian Identity in Northern Ireland

Jamie Saris (Maynooth University)  
An Anthropologist in Ireland Reflects on 25 years of Working Around the Irish Health Services

David Prendergast (Maynooth University)
Thrills, Pills and Spills: The Trials and Tribulations of ‘Ageing-in-place’

15.15 – 15.45 – Tea and Coffee Break

15.45 – 17.15 – Part 4 – Changing Landscapes II
(Moderator – Mark Maguire)

David Whyte (University College London)
The End of Neoliberalism? Covid-19 and Catholic Nationalist Political Economy in the ‘Community Response’ in Ireland

Yomi Ogunsanya (Independent Scholar)
Towards an Anthropology of Direct Provision in Ireland: A Proposal

Chrissy Skelton (Maynooth University)
Race, Rescue, Rehome in Ireland: For the Love of Dog

Tanya Cassidy (Dublin City University)
Building Liquid Bridges Beyond Gender, Identity and Ambivalence

Sean French (University of Cambridge)
The Role of Marching Bands in Loyalist Communities in Derry

17.30 – 18.00  – Closing Lecture

Abdullahi El-Tom (Maynooth University)
From Nomadism to Commerce: The Zaghawa people of Darfur, Sudan
(Introduction – Hana Cervinkova)

18.00 – 19.00 – Wine Reception



Organizers: The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI) and Maynooth University (MU)

Scientific Committee:
Hana Cervinkova (Maynooth University)
David Shankland (Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland)
Hastings Donnan (Queen’s University Belfast)
Mark Maguire (Maynooth University)


May 19 2022
12:00 am
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