Programme Highlights

Through artistic performances, workshops, lectures, discussion, walks and exhibition, international and Irish-based artists, activists and scholars will address painful histories and social-ecological damage, consider forms of spatial justice, and explore new ways of healing places and ourselves. The public lectures, symposium events and exhibition are free and open to the public. 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. Organised and curated by Dr. Karen E. Till. Image left: courtesy Cathy Fitzgerald (c) 2016; header artwork courtesy Monica de Bath (c) Untitled, 2012.

Symposium programme here. Symposium events are free but you must register. Details here.

14 October 2016, Friday, 3-5pm: Public Lecture

Serial Forced Displacements in the American City’, Professor Mindy Fullilove, Colombia University and The New School, NYC; 3-5pm: Haughton Lecture Theatre, Trinity College Dublin

16 October 2016, Sunday: Opening Explorations: (Re)mapping Dublin (invitation only)

Seminar with visual and performance artist Úna Kavanagh, followed by North Dublin walk exploring Ireland’s ‘Decade of Centennaries’ and ART:2016 Performance by ANU/CoisCéim: These Rooms, 85/86 Dorsett Street, Dublin 1.

17-19 October 2016, Monday-Wednesday, 9am-5pm, International Symposium, Maynooth University, Renehan Hall, South Campus. See provisional programmeregistration and biography pages for more detail.

Three days of workshops, performances, discussions and presentations. International guests include: Professor Mindy Fullilove, Colombia University and 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 include: Patty Abozalgo, Edward Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, Maynooth University; Michelle Browne, independent 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; 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; Tara Kennedy, independent artist and architect; 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 and 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. At the launch, a selection of music will be performed by Aoife Kavanagh (violin and flute) and Shane Hennessy (guitar). Exhibition runs until 4 November 2016.

20 October 2016, Thursday, 1-2pm: 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, Thursday, 7:30pm: Performance

Fearghus Ó Conchúir’s Butterflies and Bones: The Casement Project, Project Arts Dublin, ART: 2016 performance (tickets available:

For more information about ‘The Place of the Wound’ programme or to be added to the Space&Place Research Collaborative listserv contact:

For details about the Space&Place Research Collaborative click here.

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

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