Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre launch

The launch of the Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC), the first of its kind in Ireland, will feature lectures by international guests on Indian, Russian and Brazilian indigenous and marginalised peoples.

On 30 September 2013, University College Cork will officially launch the Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC). This interdisciplinary Centre, the first of its kind in Ireland, will promote "engaged and philanthropic scholarship" on minority cultures, religions, and worldviews and adds a unique dimension to UCC’s internationalisation strategy and the university’s tradition of ‘independent thinking’.

By encouraging collaboration between international academics and networking with agencies and NGOs such as UNESCO, Survival International, Minority Rights Group and the Adivasi Arts Trust, MEWSC will function as a global forum for scholars and other concerned parties to address issues relevant to marginalised cultures in the contemporary world.

The Centre’s founding directors are Dr. James Kapaló and Dr. Lidia Guzy, both of the UCC Department of the Study of Religions. The Centre’s focus comprises a wide variety of geographies and research areas, it is of particular interest to scholars of Adivasi Indian religions and cultures as well as scholars working marginalised communities in Brazil and religious minorities and indigenous cultures in Russia and Eastern Europe.

The upcoming inauguration will feature lectures from a number of specialists on Indian, Russian and Brazilian indigenous and marginalised peoples including MEWSC Board Member Dr. Marine Carrin (Centre d’Anthropologie, CNRS, Toulouse, France), Prof. Elena Glavatskaya (Ural State University, Russia), Dr. Maguni Charan Behera (Director, Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies, Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar, India), Dr. Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri (Head of Department of Anthropology, Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar, India), and Brazilian scholar Dr. Marcelo Archanjo (University College Cork).

This launch will be followed on 1 October 2013 by an academic workshop entitled “Indigenous Aesthetics and Marginalised Knowledge Systems”, that will include presentations by international and Irish scholars working on questions such as the representation of indigenous cultures in museums, the marginalisation of women’s knowledge in religious cultures and under-acknowledged indigenous knowledge systems such as sound, performance and art. With the Centre’s transnational reach, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and global outlook, it aims to play a significant role in drawing awareness to peripheral peoples and religions and furthering the study of these often neglected cultures.

For the full programme of the 30th September launch and 1st October academic workshop information, please visit the Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC) website at http://mewsc.wordpress.com



Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Date:
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Location: Room G.27, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork
Target Audience: All Welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Dr. James Kapalo
021 490 3773
http://mewsc.wordpress.com/news-and-events-2/

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