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How should we face up to problems of violence and inequality in our democracies? How might we begin to create healthier cities and environments? What is the role of art in communicating the place of wounds and healing qualities of place? From 14-20 October 2016, indigenous, American, Irish, New Zealand, Northern Irish, South American and South African artists, activists and scholars who share a common concern in addressing the painful histories of dispossession engaged in conversations that considered what it means to attend to places wounded by the legacies of historical violence. The ‘Mapping Spectral Traces: The Place of the Wound’ symposia explored new ways of healing places and ourselves. Through workshops, talks, walks and exhibition, participants ‘mapped’ displacement, inequality and and social-ecological damage, and explored alternative spatial imaginaries tied to decolonisation, memory-work, care and spatial justice, the better to meet local-global challenges.

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; the 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 to the left, St Michael’s Estate Inchicore Dublin, 1998, courtesy of Joe Lee (c); header artwork courtesy of Monica de Bath (c) Untitled, 2012.

Video lectures and programme available here.

For further details contact: karen.till@mu.ie.

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