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Commemoration: Contexts and Concepts
Location: University College Cork


Across the island of Ireland, we have entered a ten-year period during which the centenaries of the foundational events of our states and societies will take place. While the conference is about the commemoration of these events, our focus is not only on Ireland, and not simply 'historical', nor about 'the past'. Rather our concern is about how the past plays itself out in the present, and how past & present recur into the future. This conference will address both 'contexts', meaning rich historical studies and thick descriptions of the meaning and significance of these events, then studies of the contemporary means of commemorating them. We are also addressing 'concepts', meaning deep theorisation of these substantive topics.

Keynote speakers

We have an number of exciting keynotes confirmed, including Raffaella Baccolini, University of Bologna; Seán Hillen, Visual Artist; Bernhard Geisen, University of Konstanz; Michael Cronin, Dublin City University; Bjorn Thomassen, Roskilde University; Arpad Szakolczai, University College Cork; and Kieran Bonner, University of Waterloo.

Call for abstracts

We invite papers, contributions, interventions and thought-pieces from all fields and practices in the arts, humanities and social science that reflect on how our society has been shaped by the past, and how our means of commemorating the past shapes our present and future society. 

Abstracts should be 200 words, and sent to [email protected] by May 31st 2015.

More information

The conference is organised under the auspices of 'The President of Ireland's Ethics Initiative’, and is supported by the Irish Research Council.

View/download conference flyer.


Conference organisers

Dr John O’Brien, WIT.
Dr Lorcan Byrne, UCC & Respond! College.
Dr Kieran Keohane, UCC.
Email:[email protected]
Phone: 00 353 (0) 86 381 9001