Programme Highlights

International and Irish-based artists, activists and scholars explored painful histories and social-ecological damage, as well as forms of spatial justice, and new ways of healing places and ourselves. Exchanges through artistic performances and exhibition, workshops, lectures, discussions and walks were free and open to the public. Organised and curated by Karen E. TillImage left: courtesy Cathy Fitzgerald (c) 2016; header artwork courtesy Monica de Bath (c) Untitled, 2012.

Video lectures now available! Keynote Lecture: ‘Serial Forced Displacements in the American City‘, Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Urban Policy and Health, The New School. Day 1 lectures: Gerry Kearns, Maynooth University, Department of Geography: ‘Sorted Dublin: 1840-2016’. Day 2 lectures by: Nessa Cronin, NUI Galway Centre for Irish Studies: ‘Iarsma: Reflections on Performing the Tim Robinson Archive’; Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Artistic Director and Choreographer of The Casement Project, IRC Scholar (Maynooth Geography & Project Arts Centre): ‘Bare Bodies: The Casement Project as a Choreography of Visibility’; and Vimeo performance lecture by: Michelle Browne, independent artist & curator: ‘A Revolver in the Medical Bag‘. Day 3 lecture by: Cathy Fitzgerald, independent artist: ‘Entering the Symbiocene: A Transversal Ecosophy-Action Research Framework to Reverse Silent Spring’. Videography by Philip Corrigan.

14 October 2016: Public Lecture: Serial Forced Displacements in the American City’, Professor Mindy Fullilove, The New School, NYC; Haughton Lecture Theatre, Trinity College Dublin.
16 October 2016, Sunday: Opening Explorations: (Re)mapping Dublin: Invited seminar with visual and performance artist Úna Kavanagh. Followed by North Dublin walk with Gerry Kearns exploring Ireland’s ‘Decade of Centennaries’ and performance by ANU Productions/CoisCéim Dance Theatre, These Rooms, 85/86 Dorsett Street, Dublin 1. For an edited conversation of THESE ROOMS artistic directors David Bolger, Owen Boss, and Louise Lowe with Karen Till, see (scroll down to find essay, From ‘Uninvited Rebellion to ‘Collective Dreaming’) or click here: BolgerEtAl2016_THESEROOMSbooklet_EdTill
17-19 October 2016: International Symposium, Maynooth University, Renehan Hall. See programme and biography pages for more detail.

International guests included: Mindy Fullilove, The New School, NYC; Molly Kaufman and Aubrey Murdoch, University of Orange, NJ; John Peto, The Nerve Centre, Derry/Londonderry; Adriana Salazar, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City; Mandy Sanger, District Six Museum, Cape Town; Professor Peter Shirlow, University of Liverpool, Irish Studies; Dr. Huhana Smith, Massey University |Te Kūnenga ki Pūrehuroa, and Maori Research Leader, NZ; Dr. Waziyatawin, Makoce Ikikcupi, Dakota Nation, MN.

Irish-based artists, activists and scholars included: Patty Abozalgo, Edward Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, Maynooth University; Michelle Browneindependent artist and curator; Dr. Nessa Cronin, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway; Monica de Bath, independent artist; Will Devas, Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation; Bernadette Divilly, independent dance and movement artist; Dr. Cathy Fitzgerald, independent artist and NCAD; Dr. Ronan Foley, Maynooth Geography; Ollie Hennessy, independent composer and musician; Aoife Kavanagh, IRC scholar, Maynooth Geography and independent musician; Professor Gerry Kearns, Maynooth Geography; Lucky Khambula, Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland; Dr. Philip Lawton, Maynooth Geography; Joe Lee, independent filmmaker; Dr. Cara Levey, UCC Latin American Studies; Dr. Silvia Loeffler, NCAD and independent artist; Claire McGing, IRC scholar, Maynooth Geography; Dr. Conor Murphy, Maynooth Geography; Vukasin Nedeljkovic, independent artist and Centre for Transcultural Research & Media Practice, DIT; Dr. Cian O’Callaghan, Geography, Trinity College Dublin; Fearghus Ó Conchúir, independent dance artist and choreographer, IRC scholar (Maynooth Geography & Project Arts); Catherine O’Connell, Edward Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, Maynooth University; Dr. Deirdre O’Mahony, Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology; Joe Robinson, IRC scholar Maynooth Geography and Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation; Dr. Ailbhe Smyth, Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment; Dr. Thomas Strong, Maynooth Anthropology; Dr. Karen E. Till, Maynooth Geography; Fiona Whelan, independent artist, Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, DIT.

17 October 2016, Monday, 5:30pm, ‘Mapping Spectral Traces Ireland’ Exhibition Launch, Maynooth University, IONTAS ground floor, North Campus.

Works by Irish-based artists Monica de Bath, Cathy Fitzgerald, Joe Lee, Silvia Loeffler, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, and The Performing Landscapes Collective (Nessa Cronin, Deirdre O’Mahony, Tim Collins, Ríonach Ní Néill). Curated by Karen E. Till. A selection of music was performed by Aoife Kavanagh (violin and flute) and Shane Hennessy (guitar). Exhibition ran from 17 October to 4 November 2016.

20 October 2016: Public Lecture: The Standing Rock Dakota Pipeline Controversy’, Dr. Waziyatawin, Makoce Ikikcupi, Excutive Director, Dakota Nation; Geography Department, Rocque Lab, Rhetoric Building, South Campus.
20 October 2016: Performance: Fearghus Ó Conchúir’s Butterflies and Bones: The Casement Project, Project Arts Dublin, ART: 2016 performance.

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For details about the international Mapping Spectral Traces network click here.

Generously funded by the Irish Research Council New Foundations scheme, with support from: the Irish Space&Place Research Collaborative; Maynooth University’s: Department of Geography, Edward Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, Department of English, Department of Anthropology, Social Science Institute (MU SSI), and Department of Education; Kildare County Council Arts and Library Service; Ómós Áite, Centre for Irish Studies, National University of Ireland Galway; Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation; Geographical Society of Ireland; Trinity College Dublin, Department of Geography; and the international Mapping Spectral Traces network.

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