Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Comparative Coastal Topographies

A workshop funded by the Irish Research Council, which asks how we can identify shared codes and conventions in the depiction of coastal landscapes in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and the empire.

The workshop brings together a distinguished group of international scholars, from the disciplines of archaeology, architecture, art history, English, geography, and history. Questions to be addressed include: What are the visual and literary codes and conventions that shaped the representation of coastal landscapes in the eighteenth- and nineteenth- centuries and how did these emerge in the context of Britain’s overseas empire?

Despite Ireland’s island status, we have a relatively limited understanding of the ways in which our distinctive coastal topographies have been represented in art and in literature. Comparisons between Ireland, Wales, Scotland and the West Indies are also underdeveloped, despite these cultures being joined both by marine links and by the British empire itself. The limitations of our knowledge may be to do with relative cultural invisibility of these busy working coastlines, connected via the hidden logic of empire, and intimately associated with the everyday facts of imperial economic exchange. How can we develop a critical, political and aesthetic vocabulary that is able to further the discussion of coastal landscapes? How can these landscapes be brought into view, addressed and compared?

Category: Conferences: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 4pm - 6pm Fri / 9:30am - 5pm Sat
Location: Lecture Theatre, Crawford Art Gallery
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Prof Claire Connolly

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