15 December - The Coloniality of the Archive in Irish History
Wednesday December 15th, 9:15-16:45
This online workshop brings together scholars, archivists, and memory activists from Ireland and beyond to give space for the interrogation, critique and countering of the coloniality of the Archive in Irish history. The Haitian anthropologist Michel-Rolph Trouillot famously described archives as ‘institutionalised sites of mediation between the socio-historical process and the narrative about that process’. Through cross-colonial comparison and interdisciplinary exchange, this event will explore the silencing structures embedded in the traditional archive of Irish history, the ways archivists, scholars, and activists uphold, subvert and counter them, and what all this means for our narratives about Ireland’s colonial past and its presents.
- Introduction, Dr Dónal Hassett, 9:15-9:30
- Roundtable 1: Critiquing the Colonial in the Archive of Irish History, 9:30-11:00 Chair: Dr Sophie Cooper, (Queen’s University Belfast) Participants: Dr Laura McAtackney, (Aarhus University), Dr Mairead Enright (University of Birmingham), Dr Mobeen Hussain (Trinity College Dublin, Dr Arthur Asseraf (University of Cambridge).
- Roundtable 2: Building the Counter-Archive, 11:30-13:00 Chair: Dr Maurice Casey, (EPIC Museum of Emigration) Participants: Alice Rekab, (Artist), Dr Jamila Ghaddar, (University of Toronto), Prof Mpho Ngoepe, (University of South Africa), Dr Conor McCafferty, (QUB/Prison Memory Archive), Prof Linda Connolly, Maynooth University, Mags O’Sullivan, (Cork Traveller Womens’ Network).
- Roundtable 3: Languages and Coloniality in the Archive, 15:00-16:30 Chair: Dr Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid, (University of Sheffield) Participants: Dr Síobhra Aiken, (Queen’s University Belfast), Dr Vincent Morley, (Independent Scholar), Niamh Ní Charra, (NUIG Archives), Dr Moses Ochonu, (Vanderbilt University)