14 October 2016, Video Keynote Lecture: ‘Serial Forced Displacements in the American City‘, Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Urban Policy and Health, The New School. Trinity College Dublin. Sponsored by the IRC New Foundations Scheme, the Geographical Society of Ireland, and Maynooth University and Trinity College Dublin Departments of Geography.
16 October, Sunday: Opening excursions: (Re)mapping Dublin
Seminar with performance/visual artist Úna Kavanagh (ANU Productions). Followed by North Dublin walk with Prof. Gerry Kearns exploring Ireland’s ‘Decade of Centennaries’. Participants attended the award-winning production These Rooms by ANU/CoisCéim Dance Theatre.
International and TransPractice Symposium
Day 1: Attending to Spectral Traces and Wounded Places, 17 October 2016, Maynooth University.
Overview: ‘Wounded Places and the Possibilities of Spatial Justice’, Karen E. Till, Maynooth University, Geography
International Keynote Discussion Panel: The Place of the Wound, with: Waziyatawin, Makoce Ikikcupi, MN, USA; Mandy Sanger, District Six Museum, Cape Town, SA; Huhana Smith, Massey University|Te Kūnenga ki Pūrehuroa, NZ; Cara Levey, Latin American Studies, UCC; Peter Shirlow, University of Liverpool, Institute of Irish Studies; Will Devas, Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation; Thomas Strong, Maynooth University, Department of Anthropology; Ailbhe Smyth, Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment; Lucky Khambula, Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland. Discussion chaired by Mindy Fullilove, Columbia University/The New School.
The Sorted City
* Gerry Kearns, Maynooth University, Department of Geography: Video Lecture available: ‘Sorted Dublin: 1840-2016’.
* Mindy Fullilove, Clinical Psychiatry and Public Health, Colombia University, ‘“Jesus was a dark-skinned Palestinian Jew”: Mapping Spectral Traces in American cities’.
* Mandy Sanger, District Six Museum, Cape Town, ‘Re-Imagining a Socially Just Cape Town: From Salted Earth to Salted Wounds in a City “Designed to Forget”’.
* Peter Shirlow, University of Liverpool, Institute of Irish Studies, ‘Between Apologia and Humiliation: The Repetitive Cycle of Denial’.
* John Peto, The Nerve Centre, Derry, ‘Teenage Kicks: Division, Youth and Creativity in Derry~Londonderry’.
Chair: Andrew McClelland, Maynooth University, NIRSA and MUSSI. Discussion led by: Joe Robinson, IRC Scholar at Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and Maynooth Geography.
Conflict and Mediation Workshop: Exploring the Conflict Spectrum and Restorative Responses. This workshop explored the notion of embodying place and conflict, the restorative process as a response to conflict, and presented a reflection on storytelling as a way to humanise estranged relationships. Led by Patty Abozaglo and Catherine O’Connell, Maynooth University Edward Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, and Geoffrey Corry, Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.
‘Mapping Spectral Traces Ireland’ Exhibition Launch, Illuminations Gallery, IONTAS Building, 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), and curated by Karen E. Till. At the launch a selection of music was performed by Aoife Kavanagh (violin and flute) and Shane Hennessy (guitar). Hosted by Maynooth University Department of English and Kildare County Arts Council.
Day 2: Living Body/Places, 18 October 2016, Maynooth University.
Image: Butterflies and Bones, Photograph (c) Ste Murray, courtesy Fearghus Ó Conchúir.
The Lived Body as Archive
* Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Artistic Director and Choreographer, The Casement Project, Maynooth Geography and Project Arts Centre (IRC Scholar): Video lecture available: ‘Bare Bodies: The Casement Project as a Choreography of Visibility’.
* Patty Abozaglo, Maynooth Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, ‘Healing Bodies, Healing Communities: Approaches to Address Collective Trauma in South America as societies transition to peace and economic stability’.
* Vukasin Nedeljkovic, independent artist, Centre for Transcultural Research & Media Practice, DIT, ‘Asylum Archive: An Archive of Asylum and Direct Provision in Ireland’.
* Silvia Loeffler, independent artist, National College of Art and Design, ‘Deep Mappings of Belonging and Displacement’.
* Nessa Cronin, NUI Galway Centre for Irish Studies: Video lecture available: ‘Iarsma: Reflections on Performing the Tim Robinson Archive’.
* Karen Till, Maynooth Geography, ‘Body/Places as Thresholds: ANU’s 2016 Triptych’.
Chair: Louise Sarsfield Collins, Maynooth Geography. Discussion led by: Gerry Kearns, Maynooth Geography.
Invisible Landscapes: A Great Silence Lay Upon the Land, Performed Reading by Ailbhe Smyth, Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. Chaired by Claire McGing, Maynooth Geography.
Gaitways: Moving Along the Corridors of Cultural Wounding, Movement Workshop, with Bernadette Divilly, independent dance and movement artist. Using simple gestures and ordinary everyday actions, participants explored how to locate themselves by being aware of one’s own gait. Applying an understanding of the impact of trauma on the body and its somatic expressions, we experienced delight, resource and the power of connecting as routes in working with wounded places.
Michelle Browne, independent artist and curator. Vimeo lecture available: Performance Lecture: A Revolver in the Medical Bag. Introduction by Lorna O’Hara, Maynooth Geography. Exploring the training of women for both combat and first aid in the lead up to the 1916 Rising in Ireland, A Revolver in the Medical Bag looks at women’s role in the 1916 Rising. Kathleen Lynn was the chief medical officer of the Irish Citizens Army and was also made captain. She gave first aid training to the members of the ICA and Cumman Na mBan and ran weapons in the lead up to the Rising. Helena Moloney who was also stationed at City Hall said ‘it is part of our duty to knit and darn, but also to march and shoot, to obey orders in common with our brothers in arms’. Considering these too seeming opposites – training in care and war, destruction and repair – while considering the militancy of women both historically and in the present, the work explored how women take part in revolution and the lessons we can learn from 1916.
Day 3: Healing Place: Creating Alternative Ecologies, 19 October 2016, Maynooth University.
Image (c) Adriana Salazar, INVASIONES, Huexotla-San Bernardino.
Workshop: Decolonising Place, led by Waziyatawin, Dakota Nation, Makoce Ikikcupi, Director, Minnesota, USA.
Attending to Lands and Waters
* Huhana Smith, Massey University, ‘Whakatairangitia – Rere ki uta, rere ki tai!|Art, Culture, Design and Science: Developing Exhibitions on Climate Change Adaptations from an Indigenous and Multi-Disciplinary Perspective’.
* Conor Murphy, Maynooth University Department of Geography, ‘Healing Epistemological Tensions: Western Science and Traditional Knowledge in Adapting to Climate Change’.
* Monica de Bath, independent artist, ‘Sites of Tension / Contrapuntal Space’.
* Cathy Fitzgerald, independent artist, National College of Art and Design. Video lecture available: ‘Entering the Symbiocene: A Transversal Ecosophy-Action Research Framework to Reverse Silent Spring’.
* Adriana Salazar, Visiting Artist, RHA Dublin, and National Autonomous University Mexico, ‘All Things Living, All Things Dead: Mexico’s Lake Texcoco’.
Chair: Ronan Foley, Maynooth Geography. Discussion led by: Deirdre O’Mahony, Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.
Place-Making and Creating Socially Sustainable Communities
* Molly Kaufman and Aubrey Murdock, University of Orange, NJ, ‘Youth Urbanism and the Full Bodied City’.
* Mandy Sanger, District Six Museum, Cape Town, SA, ‘Intergenerational Memorialisation as Place-Making Practice in District Six: From De-Territorialisation to More Caring Communities’.
* Joe Lee, independent filmmaker, ‘Story and Place in Dublin Neighbourhoods’.
* Fiona Whelan, independent artist, Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, DIT, ‘Power Three Ways: A Place-Based Methodology’.
* Tara Kennedy, independent artist and architect, ‘Architecture as Collaboration: Sometimes, but Not Always a Building’.
* Aoife Kavanagh, Maynooth Geography and independent musician, and Ollie Hennessy, independent musical artist and composer, ‘Reflecting on Place and Place-Making through Musical Composition’.
Chair: Philip Lawton, Maynooth Geography. Discussion led by: Cian O’Callaghan, Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin.
Keynote Panel Discussion: Towards Spatial Justice. With Cathy Fitzgerald, independent artist; Waziyatawin, Dakota Nation, Makoce Ikikcupi; Huhana Smith, Massey University; Rory Hearne, TASC; Aisling Hedderman, the Irish Housing Network; and Seamus Farrell, Irish Housing Network. Organised and chaired by Gerry Kearns, Maynooth Geography. The Earth is our Home. It is a home that we make with the rootedness of Place, the connections of Space, and the biophysical interdependencies of Environment. In some ways, and as we have spent the last three days examining, some people must live with Place as a Wound. Justice requires that we address the injuries that make our Earth a difficult place to make homely. These are injuries that impair even the best efforts to make fair and loving communities, that disable work for non-toxic and sustainable natures, and that cripple the solidarities that we must cultivate in face of our far-flung responsibilities. In these dangerous times, we must, as E.P. Thompson insisted, ‘renew the raw nerve of outrage’, even as we recognise that the way we mobilise now is the form and the promise of the future we need. Spatial Justice requires that we ask for and accept, that we project and offer, the assistance of distant strangers. To promote spatial justice means also that we make citizenship a claim against the injuries of poverty, ecocide, and patriarchy. These intimate injuries are among the wounds of place.
Closing Gestures, multiple venues and dates.
20 October 2016: Public Lecture: ‘The Standing Rock Dakota Pipeline Controversy‘, Dr. Waziyatawin, Makoce Ikikcupi, Excutive Director, Dakota Nation. Sponsor: Maynooth University, Dept. of Geography.
20 October 2016: Butterflies and Bones: The Casement Project, ART: 2016 performance, choreographed by Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Project Arts Dublin. Image: Butterflies and Bones, Photograph (c) Ste Murray, courtesy Fearghus Ó Conchúir.
16 November 2016, Joe Lee, Filmmaker, ‘Place and Identity in Dublin‘, Lecture and Film Screening, Maynooth University, Department of Geography.