Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Symposium - The Future of Interdisciplinary Studies in Galiza and Eire

The symposium seeks to provide a forum to promote identity, and to discuss and inform about the relationship between Galiza and Ireland from different perspectives.

III International Symposium - 'The Time has Come: The Future of Interdisciplinary Studies in Galiza and Eire' 22nd – 23rd of January, 2010 SCIENTIFIC PROJECT INTRODUCTION ‘Irish people belong, like we do, to the purest branch of the great Celtic race. They say they come from the Milesians, people of the Gaedhill, or pre-historic Galiza, from our race, eternally migrant [...] The ancient chronicles of the Isle of Eirin, such as the Leabar Galbala and the Four Masters, and others, maintain the centuries-old tradition of our King Breogan, from the Brigantia tribe, who erected the famous Light house, from which his son Ith espied on a fair winter evening the far away land of Ireland.’ (Vicente Risco, 1921) The relationship between Galiza and Ireland has been, in cultural terms, somewhat one-sided. Ireland, as a model, has been used as a banner for Galician cultural nationalism since at least the early 19th century. For Ireland, however, Galiza has always been an unknown quantity. Even when, in the heady days of the new Democracy of the post-Franco period, Catalunya and Euskal Herria (the Basque Country) started to become common references within Irish academic circles, Galiza, despite the ancient and contemporary economic links (the Galician fishing community around Bantry Bay before the Tiger period was amongst the largest immigrant groups in Ireland) was still unknown. Only recently Galician literature, music and art have been awarded any degree of relevance in Ireland. And this recognition has been achieved thanks to the work of, amongst others, two prominent institutions: the Irish Centre for Galician Studies in UCC and the University Institute of Research in Irish Studies Amergin, UDC. Since its establishment, more than ten years ago, the Irish Centre for Galician Studies exists to provide information and expertise on Galician language, society and culture throughout the island of Ireland. It has the largest resource on Galician studies in Ireland, in terms of books, audio-visual material and general expertise. Courses are provided in both language and culture within UCC, and are available to all. A Colloquium is organised each year on a different topic - usually related to language or literature - and visiting speakers provide a constant level of visibility on campus. The University Institute of Research in Irish Studies Amergin has been founded at Universidade Da Coruña with the intention of promoting academic research on issues concerning Ireland and the teaching of Irish Studies, and providing a source of information on Irish issues with the overall objective of relating such questions to the context of Galiza. The Institute takes its name from Amergin, suggested by Nobel Prize for Literature winner Seamus Heaney, who received an Honorary Doctor by Universidade Da Coruña in 2000. Amergin was the legendary druid who, according to the Lebor Gabala Erenn arrived on Irish soil from the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula. In choosing this name, the Institute aims to respond to the need to create bridges between Ireland and Galiza. It is, therefore, important to provide a platform from which research and information about the situation in various aspects of Irish life and the equivalent in Galiza can be spread. (For further information on both institutions) ‘The Irish are used, in the same way as we are, in parodies to make people laugh, and like us they are vilified and considered to be an inferior race. If the word ‘Galician’ in the lips of a Castilian is an insult, English people continuously refer to the noble sons of Eirin as ‘the wild Irish’.' (Vicente Risco, 1921)

Category: Conferences: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: Day 1: 9.30am-6.30pm; Day 2: 10am-2pm
Location: Cavanagh Pharmacy Building - LG_51
Target Audience: All Welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Carlos Seco Gonzalez

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