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IMMA presents the International Research Conference: 100 Years of Self-Determination

November 9–12, 2022

To commemorate a century since the division of Ireland and the subsequent creation of the Irish Free State in 1922, IMMA is conducting an international research conference. The conference’s focus is on the role that art and artists had in reshaping both of the island’s jurisdictions in the years following World War One. The conference’s subject is self-determination. It places this work in the era of newly developing nation states and independence movements in a larger global context. The purpose of the conference is to analyze artistic responses to historical events over time and in various geographic locations, to foster fresh perspectives on these cultural responses, and to weigh their relevance in the modern world.

This conference will reevaluate the role of art and artists in exploring the international movement towards self-determination, situating their work within a global context of redrawn imperial power, emerging nation states, and independence movements post-World War I. It will do so by drawing on Arthur Griffith’s call in 1919 to “mobilize the poets” to help make Ireland’s case for independence on the international stage.

The topics of self-determination and cultural production over the past 100 years are of importance to artists, art historians, historians, literary scholars, geographers, political theorists, and anybody else who has an interest in these fields.

The conference will take place online and in person and will comprise a selection of in-person and online presentations from a number of invited speakers including Adom Getachew, political theorist Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago; Róisín Kennedy, Lecturer/Assistant Professor, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD; Fearghal McGarry, Professor, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queens University, Belfast; Jessica Zychowicz, Director of Fulbright Ukraine and IIE: International Institute of Education Kyiv; Hussein Omar, Lecturer in Modern Global History, University College Dublin; Lisa Godson, Lecturer and Historian of Design and Material Culture, National College of Art and Design; and artist Jasmina Cibic, along with presentations drawn from a call for papers exploring themes such as “Political Imaginations”; “Official Culture”; “Visual Culture and the Establishment”; “Comparative Imaginations of Self-Determination”; and “Life, Art and Politics”.

This conference is a part of a three-year project funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media under the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023, which will culminate in a significant exhibition in 2023. for more information on the program and to register.

Venues: Light House Cinema, Dublin 7 and IMMAIrish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 8
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