Patricia Abozaglo, Adjunct Faculty at the Maynooth University Edward Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, is a human rights lawyer and a Laban Guild (UK) Community Dance Leader and dancer. Patty holds a MA in Development Studies from Kimmage Manor Development Studies Centre (Ireland), and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Peace Brigades International-Ireland. A Peruvian living in Ireland for the past twenty years, Patty has run numerous empowerment, wellbeing and peacebuilding workshops in Ireland, Africa, Asia and Latin America, and her work has been supported locally by the Kildare County Arts Service (through arts and health grants 2010, 2014, 2106), and internationally through Capacitar, where she is an International Tutor on the Multicultural Awareness and Trauma Healing Programme. In Ireland, her workshops at McAuley Place have helped the community overcome stress created by the recession, and gain awareness of the benefits of creative dance, body movement and wellness practices. In 2013-2014, Patty led the project ‘Capacitar and Laban Dance for Peace and Wellness’ in Latin America, supporting local NGOs and victims of violent conflict in Colombia and mining communities in Peru to help restore the social fabric and enable recovery where people have been affected by collective trauma or secondary (vicarious) trauma.
Michelle Browne is an artist and curator based in Dublin. She studied Sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and a Masters in Fine Art Praxis at the Dutch Art Institute based in Arnhem, Holland. Her work encompasses a diverse range of media, including live performance, public intervention, video, sculpture and collaboration. Browne has performed and exhibited both nationally and internationally recently taking part in My Brilliant Friend, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin; Future Histories at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin; Kathleen Lynn: Insider on the Outside, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo; Border Crossings, SASA Gallery, Adelaide, Australia. Browne has curated a number of exhibitions including Between You and Me and the Four Walls for IETM at Project Arts Centre in Dublin 2013, Tulca Season of Visual Art Galway 2010, and These Immovable Walls: Performing Power at Dublin Castle 2014. She has been commissioned and supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Culture Ireland and The Office of Public Works. Browne is currently lecturer in sculpture and expanded practice at NCAD.
Geoffrey Corry (BA, Mod; MSc, Mgmt; HDipEd) is an independent facilitator/mediator, trainer and specialist in conflict resolution for over twenty years. He has mediated many interpersonal workplace disputes involving grievance disputes, inappropriate behavior and perceived bullying in a variety of organisational settings in Ireland. He has been a family mediator for the state-run Family Mediation Service for twenty years and is now retired from that role. He designed and facilitated political dialogue workshops at the Glencree Centre for Reconciliation as part of a track two contribution to the Northern Ireland Peace Process, and has started work on a new phase of interactive restorative dialogue workshops, the Legacy of Violence, between victims/survivors and former combatants. He runs a peacemaking module in the MA programme at the Kennedy Institute, Maynooth University, and was former Chairperson of the Mediators Institute Ireland (1998-2002) and Facing Forward, a restorative justice group for serious crime.
Dr. Nessa Cronin is Lecturer in Irish Studies, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, Ireland. She read English and Philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, received an MA in Continental Philosophy and Literature from Warwick University, and completed her doctoral research on Irish Historical Cartography at NUI Galway. She has published widely on various aspects of Irish cultural and historical geography, ecocriticism and literary geographies and is co-editor of Anáil an Bhéil Bheo: Orality and Modern Irish Culture (2009). She is completing a monograph on the ‘creation’ of Irish colonial space, Making Space: Governmentality and Irish Colonial Cartography, and is co-editor with Tim Collins of the interdisciplinary essay collection, Lifeworlds: Space, Place and Irish Culture. Her current book project, Earthworks, examines the bilingual literary tradition and the environmental imagination in modern Ireland. She also works on socially-engaged research practice in relation to environmental humanities and cultural mapping in Irish and international contexts.
Monica de Bath lives and works between the Bog of Allen and the Gaeltacht, Ireland. A Fine Arts graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, she has an M.A. in Visual Arts Practices from Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire. Her ongoing project PLOT / CEAPACH operates within sites of ecological tension. PLOT has been presented to: Nordic Irish Studies Network,Tromso; ‘Molkfabryk Arts Space’ Fryslan, Collective Contemporary Art, Dublin; Solo Shows; Ground Up Artists Collective. The current phase in the PLOT series investigates diverse engagements between ecology and arts practice related to land use. ‘Sites of Tension/ Sites of Collaboration’ is supported by curator Denise Reddy, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Visual Artists Ireland, Laois Co. Co and Kildare Co. Co. PLOT Show and Seminar will take place in Nov 2016. Monica is an arts evaluator with TOSTA, a project between seven minority language communities of Europe’s Atlantic coast for Donostia / San Sebastian 2016 European Capital of Culture. You can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org; Google: monica de bath home – WIX.com
William Devas is CEO of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and has been for the past three years. He is a trained mediator, dialogue and storytelling facilitator, and has been working in peacebuilding since 2010. Following a few years in hotel management, tourism and large event management, William spent eight years working in International Humanitarian Aid and Development, travelling widely in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He was brought up in England, studied in Scotland and lives in Dublin.
Bernadette Divilly works as an independent Choreographer and Dance Movement Psychotherapist living in the West of Ireland and is an affiliated artist member of Ómós Áite: Space/Place Research Network, NUI Galway. She has an MA in Somatic Psychology and Dance Movement Psychotherapy from Naropa University Boulder CO and Hons BA in Psychology from NUI Galway. In the 1990s, she successfully applied Choreographic principles to Community Health Education in the Western Health Board and Women’s Studies in NUI Galway. For the last few years, she has been investigating and applying Contemplative Dance principles to working with wounded spaces in a gentle and spacious way with the support of Barbara Dilley, originator of Contemplative Dance practice. Supported by the Arts Council Arts Participation Award 2014-2015 and Galway City Arts Office and Architects Office, Divilly developed Walking Wisdom as a system to explore and map place by connecting the physical body and local wisdom to develop city knowledge to bring presence to universal design. Currently, Divilly is working on DROP, which is about dance release, ownership and presence as a way to work with challenged histories and the development of intercultural integrity. This work has been inspired by the relationship of mother and child unfolding in the uterus and its applications to a cultural understanding of working with environments. Recent dance film work includes a 9-minute piece for Múscaílt Arts Festival, NUI Galway Arts Office and ‘Gaitways to Woodquay’. Divilly continues to work in private practices as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist.
Cathy Fitzgerald is an Irish-based New Zealander and her work is a response to eco-social concerns. Her ‘slow art’ practice is inspired by the small conifer plantation community that she lives with, in County Carlow, Ireland. Since 2008, her eco-social art practice has developed ongoing transversal action research to form the Hollywood project. Alongside this her doctoral art practice research has concerned developing a guiding theory and methodology for long term eco-social art practices for the emergent art and ecology field. This involves: exploring, learning about new-to-Ireland, Close-to-Nature continuous cover forestry, experimental film-making, writing, eco-philosophy, national forest policy development and ecocide law advocacy (she succeeded in getting continuous cover forestry as the key point in the new Irish Green Party Forest policy (2012) and that the Green Party of Ireland and Northern Ireland recognise that a crime of ecocide (the long term destruction of ecosystems by man) be supported in international law (2013). For more about Cathy’s work see: http://www.hollywoodforest.com
Dr. Ronan Foley is a health geographer with specialist expertise in therapeutic landscapes, and GIS and its’ application within health and social care environments. He has been a full-time lecturer at Maynooth University since 2003, and teaches courses on GIS and Geographies of Health. He is the current Editor of Irish Geography and was an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand in 2015. Most recently, Ronan has been researching a number of areas associated with the relationships between health and place, including a monograph, Healing Waters, which focused on a range of settings and practices including; holy wells, the history of spa towns, social and cultural histories of swimming, Turkish baths, as well as ephemeral spaces of care such as auxiliary hospitals and more artistic interpretations of healing water spaces. He has also been working on a wider research agenda associated with the development of thinking around the concept of ‘blue space’, especially as it relates to public health and healing. He is co-convener, with Prof. Thomas Kistemann (Bonn), of a special issue on the topic for Health & Place (2015), and a recently funded EPA project on green-blue infrastructures and health.
Professor Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD HON AIA, is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Public Health at Columbia University and Professor of Urban Policy and Health at The New School in New York. Dr. Fullilove has conducted research on AIDS and other epidemics of poor communities, with a special interest in the relationship between the collapse of communities and decline in health. She has also published numerous articles, book chapters, and monographs, and has worked with planners, designers and architects on projects linking communities to healthy urban ecologies. Her book publications include Root Shock: How Tearing up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It (2005, One World) and Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities (2013, New Village Press).
Ollie Hennessy is a Carlow native and renowned performer, composer, arranger and producer in Ireland and internationally. Coming from a background steeped in music, he completed studies with Trinity College Dublin and University of California Los Angeles, and has held the position of chief instructor for Yamaha Music Schools Ireland. He has held various roles with RTÉ, including as musical director of the International Rose of Tralee broadcasts for the past twenty years. Ollie undertakes various local, national and international commissions as composer, arranger and performer, and is widely known and highly respected in music circles at home and abroad. He particularly values working in his home place, and provides important and valued support and mentorship to many emerging and professional musicians there.
Shane Hennessy is a solo fingerstyle guitarist and composer, originally from Carlow. A concertina player from a young age, Shane discovered the guitar at age 13. Inspired by listening to the music of James Taylor, he developed an interest in solo acoustic guitar, having been pointed in the direction of Tommy Emmanuel (with whom he recently performed, in Dublin), and rapidly became an avid fan and player of acoustic guitar music, citing players such as Clive Carroll, James Taylor, John Mayer, and Mark Knopfler – as well as Emmanuel – as his biggest influences. Featured in The Irish Times as ‘one to watch’ in 2014, Shane has performed across Ireland, including in major venues such as the National Concert Hall, festivals such as Electric Picnic and Longitude, and toured extensively in parts of Europe and Russia. He is also a regular to national television and radio broadcasts, and took up a residency as a featured performer in the Guinness Storehouse toward the close of 2015. His debut album Zephyrus was released in May 2015, and he will release his second album in 2017.
Molly Rose Kaufman is a community planner, journalist and youth worker. Her writing has appeared in YES! Magazine, the Shelterforce website and the New York Times. As a community organizer in Orange, NJ, she cofounded the University of Orange, a free people’s university, worked with residents and planners to write the Heart of Orange plan and developed ORNG Ink, a youth-led, user driven arts collective. She has a BA from Hampshire College, an MS in journalism from Columbia University and was a 2016 Civic Liberal Arts Fellow at the New School.
Aoife Kavanagh is a professional musician based in Carlow and the south-east and a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography, Maynooth University. A trained pianist, violinist, flautist and violist, she works in community-based choral projects and music education, in addition to solo and ensemble performance across a variety of styles. This performance work has taken her across Ireland as well as to parts of Europe. Aoife also works in session recording, and has performed on a number of solo album and large recording projects, most recently with the Presentation School Choir, Kilkenny. A graduate of Geography and Music at Maynooth, she received the award for the best MA in Geography in 2015. Her current PhD research ‘maps’ music- and place-making in the Irish towns of Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford, and she has recently been awarded an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Scholarship for this work.
Úna Kavanagh‘s practice over 25 years ranges from extensive work in theatre, film, television and radio to her artistic collaborations. She received a BA and MA. from the National College Of Art and Design in Dublin, and has been a company member and collaborator with ANU Productions since 2010. Úna is part the artistic team for ANU’s ‘Triptych 2016’, including Sunder (Moore Street, Dublin), On Corporartion Street (HOME, Manchester) and These Rooms (Upper Dorsett Street, Dublin, with CoisCéim Dance Theatre). Previously she co-created, devised and performed in ANU Productions’: ‘The Monto Cycle’ (World’s End Lane, Laundry, The Boys Of Foley Street, and Vardo), Beautiful Dreamers and Angel Meadow (with HOME Manchester); as well as the productions: Cumann na mBán; 13 Women (Amanda Coogan); Taking to the Bed; As if (Prime Cut & The Mac). As a visual artist, Úna’s work has most recently been exhibited in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Dublin. She was awarded the prestigious ‘Art By Country’ residency in The Middle East, representing Ireland at The Art Hub, Abu Dhabi, and the U.A.E. For her performance work, Úna won ‘Best Actress ‘ twice at The Underground Cinema Awards (2011 and 2015), and has been internationally nominated for ‘Best Actress’ at The Golden Nymph Awards and The Rose d’Or Awards for her work on screen.
Professor Gerry Kearns is a human geographer researching at the intersection of Political, Medical and Historical Geography. He has edited sets of essays on urban historical geography (Urbanising Britain, 1991), on the marketing of cities (Selling Places, 1993) and on the impact of austerity policies in Ireland (Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis, 2014). He has studied the geographical imaginary of British imperialism (Geopolitics and Empire, 2009), the geographical aspects of biopolitics (e.g., ‘Vital geographies,’ 2009), and the geographical elements within Irish identities (e.g., ‘The spatial poetics of James Joyce,’ 2006). His work on Dublin includes a recent article on ‘Vacancy and value’ (Irish Geography, 2015). He is currently working on the relations between art and geography (IRC funded project, The Geographical Turn), on the commemoration of 1916 (IRC funded project on The Proclamation), and on the place of geographical ideas within the cultural politics of the AIDS pandemic (Vital Geographies, book under preparation).
Tara Kennedy is an architect with a long term interest in the critical potential of design. In 2008 Tara co-founded Culturstruction, a collaborative practice with Jo Anne Butler working in the overlaps of design, architecture, art and spatial practices. She was a founder and curator of Commonage, a non-profit organisation creating a new kind of space for contemporary art and architecture practice within a community context. Tara works in practice at John McLaughlin Architects and teaches at Cork Centre for Architectural Education as well as pursuing independent projects in the area of engaged architecture. Tara is interested in design as constant collaboration, and in how architecture can encourage new ways of probing existing situations. In 2016 Tara co-curated Beyond Participation with the Irish Architecture Foundation, a day of inspiring presentations about architecture and community featuring innovators, provocateurs and activists from Ireland, the US, Africa and the UK with film screenings and conversations. Current work also includes exploring experience of architecture in shared, cultural and co-working spaces for parents with our young children, questioning how the design of these places might better support radical and active citizenship. Tara holds a Master of Architecture (2013) and BSc in Architecture (2010) from UCD. Prior to this she received a first class honours BFA (Sculpture) from NCAD (2005). Tara is the recipient of the 2015 Arts Council Artist in the Community Bursary Award: Architecture and Collaborative Arts, managed by Create.
Lucky Khambule is an organiser, campaigner and activist for the rights of asylum seekers, migrants and refugee communities in Ireland, and is a founding member of MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland. Originally born in Durban, KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, Lucky has a background in the insurance industry, working for many years as an administrator and customer service manager, and in community development, where he worked with youth and the elderly in areas such as Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu with Sakhisizwe development. Ireland has been his home for the past four years and he has been active in multiple struggles for social justice, dignity and equality in Cork, Dublin, Galway, and elsewhere. He lived in direct provision since 2013 and was only recently granted status as a resident in the state in September 2016. While living in Cork, he campaigned for the end of direct provision as a founding member of KRAC Asylum. He has worked in anti-racism organising with numerous groups, including with the Anti-Racism Network and the Irish Housing Network. Lucky’s passion in collective and suggestive dialogue is evident in his work to give voice to those trapped within the confinements of direct provision in Ireland.
Joe Lee, a native Dubliner, since graduation from the National College of Art and Design, has worked as an artist and independent film and video maker. He has directed a wide range of film and television drama and documentary with cultural institutions including the National Theatre of Ireland, The Abbey Theatre and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, where his video installation work, Once Is Too Much, is represented in the permanent collection. He has won several awards at the Exhibition of Visual Art (EVA) Limerick and has individual works in a number of private collections. In 2009, he was film maker-in-residence for Dublin City Council where he made the popular documentary Bananas on the Breadboard (2010). He worked with Theatre Club at the Project Arts Centre, in the production HISTORY (2013) and the short film Rabbit Hole for their production of ADDICTION (2014). The dance film The Area (2013), which he co-directed with choreographer Ríonach Ní Neill of Ciotóg Dance Company and the Machusla Dance Group, has screened extensively at international dance film festivals since 2014 winning several awards. It was screened in the prestigious FRAME dance film festival in London in June 2016. His work on Fortune’s Wheel, The Life and Legacy of the Fairview Lion Tamer (2015) won the Dublin Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Irish documentary at the Dublin International Film Festival in 2015. Joe is currently working on a documentary film, Barracks Square Estate, due for release in early 2017, which is supported by the Richmond Barracks Visit Centre (an Irish State permanent reminder project for 2016 situated in Inchicore, Dublin) and Create, the National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts.
Dr. Cara Levey is a Lecturer in Latin America Studies at University College Cork working on memory and commemoration and transitional justice. She is the author of Fragile Memory, Shifting Impunity: Commemoration and Contestation in Post-dictatorship Argentina and Uruguay and articles on commemoration and intergenerational memory in History and Memory and Journal of Romance Studies among others. An edited book, Argentina since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future (published by Palgrave in 2014) has recently been translated and published in Spanish by Prometeo books in Argentina. Her current work pursues two main lines of enquiry: the first on the role of perpetrators in commemorative culture in Argentina, and the second on the ways in which the past is “worked through” by post-dictatorship activists in Europe, focusing on the use of new media in the circulation of memory narratives.
Dr. Silvia Loeffler is an visual artist, transdisciplinary researcher and educator. Visual material and critical writing are her guides to establish a narrative of public intimacy. With a MA in Anthropology and a PhD in Visual Culture, Silvia is currently a Lecturer in Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, and has previously lectured in the Dublin Institute of Technology/Art, Design & Print on the psychology and the deep-mapping of spaces. Most recently, Silvia was awarded the postdoctoral research funding from the Irish Research Council (2014-16), hosted at Maynooth University Department of Geography, for ‘Glas Journal: A Deep Mapping of Dún Laoghaire Harbour’, a participatory mapping project based on concepts of belonging and the multiple meanings of ‘harbour’. Glas Journal was the first project in the context of artist-led participatory research practice that the Irish Research Council funded on a postdoctoral level for a period of two years.
Dr. Andrew McClelland is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI), Maynooth University. He has an MA in Town and Country Planning from the University of the West of England and was awarded his PhD from Ulster University in 2014, where his research focused on the contested destruction of architectural heritage in Belfast in the period circa 1960-1989. Prior to, and following, his doctoral studies, Andrew worked on several Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) INTERREG-funded cross-border spatial planning projects in Ireland, including as a Research Assistant at Ulster University (2010) and at Maynooth University as a Postdoctoral Researcher (2014). Andrew is currently working on the ‘REINVENT (Re-inventory-ing Heritage: Exploring the potential of public participation GIS to capture heritage values and dissonance)’ project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The two-year project concerns the management of heritage in contested cross-border contexts, with the cross-border cultural landscape of Derry~Londonderry as the principal case study.
Claire McGing researches and teaches in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University. A feminist political geographer, her research is concerned with exploring the gendered interactions between informal norms and formal rules within electoral institutional spaces, namely local party organisations, and also how this influences women’s representation in parliament. Recent publications include a chapter in ‘How Ireland Voted 2016’ and articles in journals Political Geography, Journal of Women, Politics and Polity, and Irish Political Studies. Along with Fiona Buckley (UCC) and Prof Yvonne Galligan (QUB), Claire is currently researching the factors that led to the legislation of candidate gender quotas by the Irish Government in 2012.
Aubrey Murdock is Head of School for the University of Orange, a free people’s school that operates on the principle that everyone has something to teach and everyone has something to learn. Murdock is a graduate of the Design & Urban Ecologies program at Parsons The New School (M.S.) and Columbia College (B.A., Film Production). She focuses on the role of media and design within civic education and involvement. Her most recent work includes a short film outlining a history of discriminatory planning policies in the United States (The Domino Effect), University of Orange’s long term, site-based storytelling project: Hidden Treasure of Our Orange, and researching a collaborative remediation process in her hometown of Casper, Wyoming.
Dr. Conor Murphy is a Lecturer in Geography at Maynooth University and researcher with the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS). His research focuses on i). modelling impacts of climate change on catchment hydrology and exploring how uncertainty in future impacts can be integrated into decision making processes, ii). the detection and attribution of climate change signals from observations of river flows and iii). understanding the dynamics of adaptation in socio-ecological systems. He is currently course director for the MSc. in Climate Change at Maynooth University and an International Masters in Transformative Community Development. The latter is funded by Irish Aid/HEA and is delivered in three Universities in Zambia and Malawi. He teaches modules on climate change, hazards and society and Global Environmental Change.
Vukasin Nedeljkovic is a PhD student at Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, Dublin Institute of Technology, with a MA in Visual Arts from DIT and a BA in Photography from the Academy of Arts, Belgrade. Originally born in Belgrade, he now lives and works in Dublin, where he initiated the multidisciplinary project Asylum Archive (www.asylumarchive.com). Asylum Archive is not a singular art project that stands ‘outside of society’ engaged in an internal conversation. Rather it is a platform open for dialogue and discussion inclusive to individuals who have experienced a sense of sociological/geographical ‘displacement’, social trauma and violence. It is an act of solidarity to bring a different perspective on the life of people who came to Ireland to seek protection. Asylum Archive’s objective is to collaborate with asylum seekers, artists, academics, civil society activists and immigration lawyers, amongst others, with a view to creating an interactive documentary cross-platform online resource, critically foregrounding accounts of exile, displacement, trauma and memory. My practice-based doctoral project examines a particular time in recent Irish history―from the inception of the direct provision dispersal system in 1999 to the present day―while at the same time the Asylum Archive project creates a repository of asylum experiences and artefacts.
Dr. Cian O’Callaghan is Assistant Professor in Urban Geography at Trinity College Dublin. Prior to joining Trinity College, he worked as a Lecturer in Geography at Maynooth University. He holds a PhD from University College Cork. Cian is an urban and cultural geographer whose main research areas include: Urban political economy, Creativity and place, Neoliberalism, Urban vacancy and ‘new ruins’. His recent research has broadly concerned the impacts of Ireland’s property bubble and associated crisis, with a particular focus on housing, urban vacancy and spatial justice. He was previously funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC) for a project on Ireland’s ‘ghost estates’. He is currently working on an IRC-funded project about contestations over the re-use of vacant spaces following Ireland’s crisis. The central hypothesis is that vacant space will play a key role in determining how cities of the future respond to the both urban problems and wider global challenges. The project focuses primarily on Dublin, with smaller comparative case-studies in Berlin and Barcelona. His research has been published in international journals including Urban Studies, Political Geography, Environment and Planning A, and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. He is also a regular contributor to the Ireland after NAMA public geographies blog.
Fearghus Ó Conchúir is a choreographer and dance artist whose film and live performances create a space for audiences and artists to build communities together. Expressed in movement, these encounters with our sense of place, identity and history create layers of meaning that are affecting, thought-provoking and deeply resonant with audiences. He is Artistic Director of The Casement Project, part of the Arts Council’s ART:2016 programme. The Casement Project is a multi-platform, transnational project that dances with the queer body of British knight, Irish rebel and international humanitarian Roger Casement, to imagine a national body that welcomes the stranger from beyond the border, as well as the one already inside. Fearghus was brought up in the Ring Gaeltacht in Ireland and completed degrees in English and European Literature at Magdalen College Oxford, before training at London Contemporary Dance School. He is a former Trustee of the BBC Performing Arts Fund and a former board member of Dance Ireland, Dance Digital, Project Arts Centre and CREATE. He was the first Ireland Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme, and continues to contribute to the programme as a facilitator, coach and speaker. He is a Project Artist (member of Project Arts Centre’s associate artist scheme), and a PhD candidate and inaugural IRC Employment-based Scholar at Maynooth University Department of Geography. www.fearghus.net and www.thecasementproject.ie.
Catherine O’Connell (BSc Psychology; MA, Mediation and Conflict Resolution) is an experienced and accredited Mediator (with Mediators Institute of Ireland), Restorative Justice Facilitator, CINERGY™ Conflict Management Coach and Trainer, and is a communications and conflict management consultant. Currently Catherine is acting programme coordinator at the Edward Kennedy Institute of Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University and lectures in Mediation and Conflict Intervention to the MA and Diploma students attending. Catherine delivers conflict management coaching, mediation and restorative processes in workplace and other settings. She develops training in Conflict Management for leaders, groups and organisations. Catherine is a member of The Association of Conflict Resolution, Mediation beyond Borders, the Restorative Justice Council in the U.K and the European Forum for Restorative Justice. She is on the management committee of the Irish Restorative Justice organisation Facing Forward.
Dr. Deirdre O’Mahony is a lecturer at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Her research and art practice is grounded in collaborative engagements with different publics and communities. Her PhD, New Ecologies Between Rural Life and Visual Culture in the West of Ireland: History, Context, Position, and Art Practice, recuperated a defunct rural post-office as a public space, the “X-PO”, that was designed to reflect the complexity of dimensions – social, psychological, economic and natural – affecting place and landscape in the west of Ireland. Animated by a process of collaborative exhibition-making, public interventions and the co-creation of artworks, X-PO made visible some of the invisible histories, unconscious projections and expectations underlying place-based attachments. Subsequent research for the SPUD and FARM projects have reflected on the contemporary relevance of tacit, place-based knowledge, in terms that acknowledge farmer’s and grower’s concerns and priorities. The most recent iteration of SPUD; A Village Plot took place at the Irish Museum of Modern Art as part of the Grizedale Arts Residency programme for A Fair Land 2016. The Persistent Return is a new film currently in production, curated by Hollie Kearns and Rosie Lynch for Callan Workhouse Union with the assistance of an Arts Council Project Award, and is working on a project for Aarhus Capital of Culture 2017. She has been awarded numerous national and international gallery and museum exhibitions, Arts Council of Ireland awards and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation international fellowship.
John Peto is currently Director of Education at the Nerve Centre in Derry. Responsible for a range of projects around digital upskilling and inclusion of teachers, learners and communities, John works across a range of cultural and educational initiatives including Creative Learning Centres, FabLab and STEM > STEAM Programmes. As a film-maker, John has produced a trilogy of award-winning documentaries looking at seminal events in the conflict history of Derry for the BBC, in addition to a diverse range of broadcast and corporate productions, including work looking at the Apprentice Boys, Protestant depopulation along the border and the experiences of former political prisoners in Northern Ireland. John also wrote and Directed Voices, the bid film for Derry~Londonderry’s winning entry to 2013 UK City of Culture competition.
Joseph Robinson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University, and a researcher and program officer with the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. He holds MA’s from Boston University and the University of Oregon in Political Science and Conflict Resolution, respectively. He has worked in the past as a researcher and program officer with the peace and community relations organisation The Junction, in the city of Derry/Londonderry. With The Junction and the Community Relations Council of Northern Ireland, he is the creator of Splintered Memory, a project designed to generate critical discussions about the role of conflict memory in public space in Northern Ireland. His book on this subject, Transitional Justice and the Politics of Inscription: Memory, Space, and Narrative in Northern Ireland, is due out in 2017 with Routledge Press. Joe’s PhD work is funded by the Irish Research Council and looks at the potential role of disruptive placemaking in transitional societies, with a special focus on Northern Ireland and Indigenous communities in Canada.
Mandy Sanger is the Head of Education at the District Six Museum, with a special but not exclusive focus on youth and community participation in the life of the Museum through intergenerational, creative and educational encounters within a critical pedagogy framework. She is particularly interested in the continuities and discontinuities reflected in the exercise of power from the past into the present with an emphasis on illuminating possibilities for an egalitarian future that respects freedom, democratic citizenship and social justice. Mandy has worked for the District Six Museum for the past 13 years and participated in its public programmes before this as a high school teacher. She was a student/community activist in the 1970’s and 80’s and a unionist at the height of the mass movement against apartheid in the 1990’s where her role has always been about public participation where art and culture are important vehicles for deepening critical thought and creative practice. Her main role is that of a facilitator and mediator of learning in different contexts and has lectured and facilitated workshops on this and related matters. In partnership with a number of community-based organisations she facilitates learning journeys that build resilience and solidarity across barriers of race, gender, sexuality, age, geography, ability, power and privilege – where possible. Currently her work involves designing programmes related to memory, race and racism with a practice component that involves re-imagining the city.
Professor Peter Shirlow (FaCSS) is the Director at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies. He was formerly the Deputy Director of the Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queens University Belfast. He is the Independent Chair of the OFMDFM Employers’ Guidance on Recruiting People with Conflict-Related Convictions Working Group and a board member of the mental health charity Threshold. He is a Visiting Research Professor at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. He sits on the editorial boards of Irish Political Studies and International Planning Studies. Professor Shirlow has undertaken conflict transformation work in Northern Ireland and has used that knowledge in exchanges with governments, former combatants and NGOs in the former Yugoslavia, Moldova, Bahrain and Iraq. He has presented talks to members of the US Senate and House of Representatives and is a regular media contributor.
Dr. Huhana Smith is Head of School, Whiti o Rehua within the College of Creative Arts, Toi Rauwhārangi, Massey Unversity, Wellington, NZ. Previously, she was Research Leader Māori for Manaaki Taha Moana: Enhancing Coastal Ecosystems for Māori (MTM), contracted through Massey University, Palmerston North. She and her team worked from a home office in Kuku, Horowhenua, Te Ika a Maui/North Island on the six-year award winning and gold rated, multi-disciplinary research project, funded by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) from Oct 2009- Sept 2015. Huhana is also Director of her Research company – Te Rangitāwhia Whakatupu Mātauranga Ltd, which is now led (and run) by the community based, Māori researchers she trained. Currently from 2015-2017, her team is again funded MBIE for their National Science Challenge – Deep South Te Kōmata o te Tonga. The project is called Adaptation Strategies to Address Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Māori Communities. It is developing a framework for building resilience in coastal Māori farming communities by identifying culturally-informed climate change adaptation strategies; and testing their economic, environmental and cultural implications through a series of designed, whole-of-farm scenarios. Explicit consideration of iwi and hapū perspectives is regarded as critical, as a recent review of New Zealand’s adaptive capacity found that such perspectives can reflect a clear sense of inter-generational stewardship, as an active exercise of kaitiakitanga (environmental guardianship).
Dr. Ailbhe Smyth has been active in feminist, LGBT and radical politics for many years. She co-founded the Women’s Research and Resource Centre and was head of Women’s Studies at UCD (University College Dublin) from 1990 until 2006 when she left the university to work with NGO and community organisations. Ailbhe has written extensively about feminism, politics and culture in Ireland and is a regular contributor to public debates and media discuss about women’s rights and social change. She chairs the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, campaigning for the right to abortion for women in Ireland.
Dr. Thomas Strong lectures in the Department of Anthropology at Maynooth University. His current research and writing focuses on witchcraft, violence, and modernity in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Additional areas of interest include the cultural politics of HIV, and queer theory in anthropology. Since the early 1990s, he has also been involved in AIDS activism and advocacy in the US, and today in Ireland.
Dr. Karen E. Till is Senior Lecturer of Cultural Geography at Maynooth University and Director of the MA in Geography at Maynooth. She is also Director of the Space&Place Research Collaborative (Ireland), and founding co-Convener of the Mapping Spectral Traces international network of artists, practitioners and scholars. Karen’s geo-ethnographic research in Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Dublin, Minneapolis, and Roanoke examines the significance of place in personal and social memory, and the ongoing legacies of state-perpetrated violence. Her curatorial work invites artists, practitioners, community leaders, scholars and publics to explore how creative practices might enable more responsible and sustainable approaches to caring for places, shared environments and cities. Her publications include The New Berlin: Place, Politics, Memory (2005), Mapping Spectral Traces (2010), Walls, Borders and Boundaries (2012) and Textures of Place (2001). Karen’s book in progress, Wounded Cities, highlights the significance of place-based memory-work and ethical forms of care at multiple scales that may contribute to creating more socially just futures.
Dr. Waziyatawin is a Dakota writer, teacher, and activist from the Pezihutazizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Village) in southwestern Minnesota. She earned her PhD in American History from Cornell University and has held tenured positions at Arizona State University and the University of Victoria, Canada where she also served as the Indigenous Peoples Research Chair in the Indigenous Governance Program. Her work seeks to build a culture of resistance within Indigenous communities, to recover Indigenous ways of being, and to challenge colonial institutions. Waziyatawin is currently the Executive Director of the Dakota nonprofit Makoce Ikikcupi, a reparative justice project supporting Dakota reclamation of homeland. Also committed to sustainability and simplicity, she is experimenting with these concepts at her home-site Makoce Waste, Wiconi Waste (Sweet Land, Sweet Life). She is the author or co/editor of six volumes, including What Does Justice Look Like? The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland (Living Justice Press, 2008) and For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook (SAR Press, 2012), edited with Michael Yellow Bird.
Fiona Whelan is an artist with a multifaceted practice whose work explores power relations through sustained engagements with people and place. Her practice has been positioned in one urban locality for over 12 years collaborating with Rialto Youth Project (RYP). Working with personal testimonies to explore broader societal issues, Fiona’s practice with RYP is concerned with simultaneously growing power with others while developing creative approaches to speaking to power. In May 2016, as part of a long-term project exploring contemporary equality issues with four generations of women, Natural History of Hope, a live performance was presented in Project Arts Centre in collaboration with Brokentalkers. In 2014 Fiona published a critical memoir, TEN: Territory, Encounter & Negotiation, focusing on a long-term project exploring young people’s relationship to power and policing which manifested in a series of works including The Day in Question in IMMA (2009) and Policing Dialogues at The LAB (2010), both of which brought young people and police together in untypical engagements where power was explored and tested. Fiona is also joint Coordinator of the MA Socially Engaged Art at NCAD and a PhD candidate at the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice at DIT. www.fionawhelan.com