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Symposium: Uses of Lament: The Irish Famine and Legacies of Trauma

Symposium: Uses of Lament: The Irish Famine and Legacies of Trauma

Smyth, Cherry (2019) Symposium: Uses of Lament: The Irish Famine and Legacies of Trauma. In: Uses of Lament: the Irish Famine & Legacies of Trauma, Thursday, 7 February 2019, Stephen Lawrence Gallery. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

A half-day symposium at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery will develop the idea of collective lament, examining the Famine's legacy, giving audiences a chance to experience their own cultural and political history in a fresh, innovative and healing way.

A range of writers, visual artists and theorists will explore the somatic effects of oppression and suffering to disturb new truths about history and trauma and show how they can be re-presented through diverse platforms.

The symposium will engage other immigrant communities such as the African-Caribbean community who often shared the 'No Blacks, No Irish' racism of English landlords in the 1950s and 60s. Uses of Lament will encourage inter-generational discussion about the most significant event in Anglo-Irish history and explore cross-cultural writing and arts' projects that refresh ways of telling history and challenge xenophobia. Uses of Lament will also reach out to more recent immigrants to make cross-cultural links and initiate discussion to replace fear with openness.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Keynote)
Uncontrolled Keywords: The Irish Famine, memorials, lament, trauma, starvation, British Colonialism, symposium, interdisciplinary event, migration
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Literature, Language & Theatre
Last Modified: 12 May 2019 00:21
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 3
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/23652

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