Keynote Speakers

Whitney Battle-Baptiste  | Beryl Pong

Plenary Panelists

Gargi Bhattacharyya | Máiréad Enright | Eva Haifa Giraud

What potential do the humanities hold today – and how might research and praxis animate these visions? Ours is an epoch of violence and apparent breakdown, with long-term sources. But it is also an era of unexpected conjunctures and new possibilities. The foundations of contemporary politics, economics and society reconfigure around us as inherited visions of the future are transformed and revaluated. Technological change and transformations disorient all stable reference points.  

We ask: “What forms of thought and practice can meet such a moment?” 

To be radical means to grasp things by the root. In practice, to be radical requires an aspiration towards a better future coupled with a commitment to act towards it. The Radical Humanities Laboratory at University College Cork is a space for post- and anti- disciplinary practice. It places critical and experimental work from the humanities at the heart of fundamental research.  

The Radical Humanities Laboratory: Radical Futures invites scholars, scientists, artists, activists, archivists, and policy shapers, to engage in conversations about the roots of present crises – ecological, political and social, and how collective futures might be better understood, transformed and lived differently as new potentials and trajectories emerge. 

Paper Programme

Wednesday May 8th





The Hub, entrance lobby

Registration and lunch


The Hub, Dora Allman Room

Welcome to Radical Futures

Adrian Favell (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

John Cryan (Vice President for Research and Innovation, UCC & Prof of Anatomy and Neuroscience)


The Hub, Dora Allman Room


Spillover: West Wing 6

Keynote 1: Whitney Battle-Baptiste (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

"we are shaped by space". Excavating the Black Aesthetic and the Meaning of Beauty and Art

Introduced by Laura McAtackney (Radical Humanities Laboratory)


Note: We are expecting a large turnout for this session. The room has a capacity of 80. Numbers beyond 80 will be directed to West Wing 6 where they can watch a live video broadcast of the keynote. Please aim to come on time.


The Hub, Dora Allman Room

Panel 1a: Gendered Violence, Abuse and Trauma in Ireland

Chair: Kylie Thomas (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

  • Naoise Murphy (Maynooth University) - 'The Radical Potential of Queer Bad Feelings'
  • Rachel Andrews (University of Galway) - ‘Reclaim: Guerilla Mapping and Remembrance at the Unmarked Gravesite of the Former Magdalene Laundry at Sunday's Well, Cork City’
  • Maureen Considine (University College Cork) Donna Rose (National Museum of Ireland), Catherine Coffey O'Brien (Cork Survivors and Supporters Alliance) and Brenda Malone (National Museum of Ireland) - 'Memory, memorials and Museums: A Conversation About Responding to the Histories and Ongoing Impacts of Ireland’s Institutional System.’




West Wing 7

Panel 1b: Dead Technologies

 Chair: Sarah Kerr (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

  • John Twomey (University College Cork) - 'Deepfakes Media During the Russian Invasion of Ukraine'
  • Soraya Afzali (Trinity College Dublin) and Nemo Castelli (Trinity College Dublin) - 'Towards a Life-Centered Politics'
  • James Steinhoff (University College Dublin) and Patrick Brodie (University College Dublin) - 'Simulation and Green-Digital Infrastructure Capital'
  • Lucile Haute and David Benqué (Institute of Diagram Studies) - 'A Sigil Seance Against Space Billionaires'
  • Dennis McNulty (Trinity College Dublin) - 'Making Quantum Networks and their Epistemic Objects'



Main Quadrangle, West Wing 6

Panel 1c: Over the Blue Horizon: Radical Future Connections to Oceans and Waters

 Chair: Jesse Peterson (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

  • David Whyte (University College Cork) - Welcome and Introduction
  • Éadin O'Mahony (University of St. Andrew’s) -  'Integrating indigenous knowledge into ocean ecology in Canada.'
  • Evan Boyle (University College Cork) -  '“Slowly” making human-water connections.'
  • Yairen Jerez Columbié (University College Cork) - 'Hurricane Culture: For an Eco-Poetics of Relations in the Atlantic Belt'
  • Leah Murphy, Susie Walsh (Tools of the Trade) - 'How Cork school children have been learning about the sea through art'
  • Martin O'Donoghue (Meitheal Mara) - 'Building boats and community in Cork'



Main Quadrangle, West Wing 9


Panel 1d: Creative Methods in Radical Research

 Chair: J. Griffith Rollefson (CIPHER, University College Cork)

  • Brian Bridges (Ulster University) - 'Music as the Interface: materiality, movement, and presence in music and its technologies'
  • Hannah Silvester (University College Cork) - 'Public Translation Studies as a Tool for Academic Activism: Co-Research and Community Building'
  • Martina Hynan (University of Galway) - 'Sympoietic storytelling as a form of artistic research for a more-than-human world'



The Hub, entrance lobby

Coffee Break


Boole Lecture Theatres, Boole 2


Plenary Roundtable: What are Radical Futures Anyway?

Introduced and moderated by Des Fitzgerald (Radical Humanities Laboratory)


We are expecting a large turnout for this session. This will be an in-person LIVE event only, so the event has been moved to a large auditorium that is a short walk across campus from the Hub/Web Wing. Conference team members will show the way.



End of Day 1 sessions / Walk to Granary Theatre


Granary Theatre


Performances at the Granary - An Evening of Music & Poetry 

Full details of works and artists below

Please Note: Numbers are limited at this event, please register in advance  [ REGISTRATION REQUIRED ]



End of Day 1

 Free evening in Cork


Thursday May 9th






The Hub, Dora Allman Room 

Panel 2a: Inside/Outside: Resistance and the University

 Chair: Des Fitzgerald (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

  • Brighton Humanities Collective (Patricia Mcmanus, Tom Bunyard, Cathy Bergin, Victoria Margree) - 'Thinking Outside the Humanities'
  • Laura C. Forster (University of Manchester) and Joel White (Newcastle University) - 'Friendship in Radical Struggle'
  • Cecilia Benaglia (University of Limerick), Emma Dolan (University of Limerick) and Kellie Morrissey (University College Cork) - 'Interdisciplinary Feminist Pedagogies: Community-Building through ‘Imagined Futures’



West Wing 9

Panel 2b: Radical Living in the Midst of Ruins in the Middle East

 Chair: Sarah Kerr (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

  • Maziyar Ghiabi (University of Exeter) - 'Methods out of Ruins and Intoxication'
  • William Gallois (University of Exeter) - 'The Ethics of Reanimating Ruins'
  • Kamyar Salavati (University of Exeter) - 'Building to destroy'
  • Hannah Cowdell (University of Exeter) - 'Queer ruins and digital walls'
  • Katie Natanel (University of Exeter) - 'Steps toward a decolonial feminist ecology'



Main Quadrangle, West Wing 6


Panel 2c: Radical Arts in an Age of Crisis

 Chair:  Eugene Costello (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

  • Claire Nolan (University College Cork) - 'Archaeology, Heritage and Ecocultural Identity: promoting environmental gratitude and care through reflective engagement with material culture’
  • John Barimo (University College Cork) - 'Bridging Worlds: Navigating the Nexus of Activism, Academic Research, and Traditional Indigenous Wisdom for Sustainable Futures'
  • Amelia McConville (Trinity College Dublin) - 'Interdisciplinary Approaches to Poetry on The Margins'
  • Gustavo Souza Marques (University College Cork - 'Hip-Hop Ethnography and Magic Realism in the Americas'



Main Quadrangle, West Wing 7


Panel 2d: Citizenship and the Public Sphere

 Chair: Meiyun Meng (Radical Humanities Laboratory, MIGMOBS Project)

  • Piyush Pushkar (University of Manchester) and Louise Tomkow (University of Manchester) - 'Solidarity, Universality and the Socialist Example: Why Have NHS Activists Given Up on Citizenship?'
  • Sean Finnan (Technological University Dublin) - 'Towards a Critical Praxis of DIY Internet Radio'
  • Mark Cullinane (Technological University Dublin) - 'Trapped in Aspic: Public Service Broadcasting as Mirror of Democracy
  • Caitlin White (Trinity College Dublin) - 'Critical Literacies/Critical Futures'



Boole Lecture Theatres, Boole 2

Panel 2e: Histories for the Present

 Chair: Sarah Bezan (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

  • Morgan Wait (University College Dublin) - 'Youth Rebellion and the Irish Summer of Love'
  • Kate Hodgson (University College Cork) - 'Decolonizing the Material Legacies of Saint-Domingue: Memory and Compensation'
  • Brendan Dooley (University College Cork) - 'News and Views in the Crisis of the Seventeenth Century: The Radical Turn and its Offshoots'



The Hub, entrance lobby

Coffee Break


The Hub, Dora Allman Room

Panel 3a: Design for the Long Now: Critical & Creative Methods for Navigating Ethics in Technological Development.

Chair: Stephen Roddy (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

  • Jacinta Jardine (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Fiona McDermott (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Sarah Robinson (University College Cork)
  • Patrick Brodie (University College Dublin)
  • Jessica Foley (Institute of Art, Design & Technology)
  • Tom O'Dea (National College of Art & Design)
  • Harun Siljak (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Dennis McNulty (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Marguerite Barry (University College Dublin)
  • Aphra Kerr (Maynooth University)



West Wing 7


Panel 3b: Decolonising Utopia: Imagining Radical Futures Rooted in Radical Pasts

Chair: Kylie Thomas (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

  • Patricia McManus (University of Brighton) - 'Absence, Enemies and Utopia in Palestinian Science Fiction'
  • Conor McCarthy (Maynooth University) - 'Edward Said and Utopia'
  • Laurence Davis (University College Cork) - 'Indigenising Utopia'
  • Rojin Mukriyan (University College Cork) - 'Öcalan on Utopianism'



Main Quadrangle, West Wing 6


Panel 3c: Arts Practices and Care

 Chair: Oisín Wall (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

  • Ailbhe Kenny (Mary Immaculate College) - 'The Sound of Limbo: Music within Asylum Seeking Centres'
  • Sarah Pini (University of Southern Denmark) and Martin Høybye (University of Southern Denmark) - 'Transforming Illness Experience Through a Co-Creative Dance Practice'
  • Férdia J. Stone-Davis (University of Cambridge) - 'Undisciplined knowledge: challenging paradigms of knowledge through music artistic research.'



Main Quadrangle, West Wing 9


Panel 3d: Labs, Forecasts and Futures

 Chair: Kate Falconer (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

  • Andrew Wallace (University of Greenwich) - 'Prefabs Sprouting: fabrications, futures and housing polycrises’
  • Tomás Lally (University of Galway) - 'Thoughtful Interdisciplinary Thinking - The Future is Now'



The Hub, entrance lobby



 The Hub, Shtepps

'Funding Opportunities at the Wellcome Trust' - Peter Kilroy, Research Manager, Discovery Research, Wellcome Trust


The Hub, Dora Allman Room

Spillover: West Wing 6

Keynote 2: Beryl Pong (University of Cambridge)

Nuclear Aesthetics from a Drone's-Eye View

Introduced by Sarah Bezan (Radical Humanities Laboratory) 


Note: We are expecting a large turnout for this session. The room has a capacity of 80. Numbers beyond 80 will be directed to a West Wing 6 where they can watch a live video broadcast of the keynote. Please aim to come on time.


The Hub, entrance lobby

Coffee Break


The Hub, Dora Allman Room


Panel 4a: Radical Reflections on Socially Engaged Arts Practices                 

Chair: Laura McAtackney (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

  • Ceire Broderick (University College Cork), Nuala Finnegan (University College Cork) and Cara Levey (University College Cork) - 'A rapist in your path’: Reflecting on multimodal practices against gender-based violence in UCC'
  • Amble Skuse (University of Plymouth) and Shelly Knotts - 'The Future is Disabled'
  • Patrick Collins (University of Galway) - 'Artculating places: The use of a temporary art installation for public engagement '
  • Helen Jackson (Ulster University) and Adriana Valderrama' (Ulster University) - The Demonised: Possessed and Bewitched'
  • Kate Antosik-Parsons (Trinity College Dublin) and Emma Campbell (University of Ulster) - ‘Co-creating abortion utopias : A review of a global workshop on Reproductive citizenship utilising creative methodologies’



West Wing 7


Panel 4b: Walking, Talking, Filming, Feeling Illness

 Chair: Oisín Wall (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

  • Ailise Bulfin (University College Dublin), Clare Hayes-Brady (University College Dublin) and Maria Stuart (University College Dublin) - 'Narrative Affordances in a Time of Radical Uncertaintry'
  • Amber Mulcahy (King's College London) - 'Walking on the Borderline: Finding the Grey Zone in Narratives of Borderline Personality Disorder'
  • Fred Cooper (University of Bristol) - 'Against the present: Historicising Loneliness in an Epidemic Age'
  • John Manton (Oxford Brookes University) - 'treatment : ailment (afterlives of an artist residency among historians)'



Main Quadrangle, West Wing 6


Panel 4c: How to Resist? On Publishing Creative Experiments in Radical Environmental Humanities

 Chair: Eugene Costello (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

  • Jesse Peterson (Radical Humanities Laboratory)
  • Fiona Kelly (NCAD & MTU Crawford College of Art & Design)
  • Jools Gilson (University College Cork)
  • Roisin O'Gorman (University College Cork)



Main Quadrangle, West Wing 9


Panel 4d: Socio-Technical Futures and the Inner Self

 Chair: Kate Falconer (Radical Humanities Laboratory)

  • Felicitas Benziger (University College Cork)
  • Patrick O'Callaghan (University College Cork)
  • James Cuffe (University College Cork)
  • Talya Deibel (University College Cork)
  • Eric Deibel (Maynooth University)
  • Joel Walmsley (University College Cork)



The Hub, Dora Allman Room

Closing Reflections & Reception

Join the members of the Radical Humanities Laboratory for an open conversation on Radical Futures. 

Refreshments will be provided.



End of Day 2



Performances at the Granary


The Radical Humanities Laboratory Presents: Radical Futures: Performances at the Granary - An Evening of Music & Poetry

This event is taking place as part of the conference programme.

The event will take place on the first night of the conference: Wednesday, May 8th at UCC's Granary Theatre.

This is a free but ticketed event and seating is limited so please be sure to book tickets well in advance. 

The evening will include performances by:

Brian Bridges
John Keston
Cárthach Ó Nuanáin
Robin Parmar
Liz Quirke

N.B. Please reserve your tickets here:

Film & Screen Media Track

In association with the Department of Film & Screen Media at UCC there will also be a film and screen media track running at the conference.


Wednesday, May 8th - Kane Building Theater B10.B (Directions see Conference Map for Further Directions)




Showings (Please note there is a roughly 15 minute break between each film)

It is Always a Hard Job Keeping a Collective Together

Benjamin Gerdes

43 mins




Eile {Border-Fictioning} / Lobster (11’27”) & Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary  (9’24”)

a place of their own (Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy)

20 mins




Reminiscing Future Public Fountains

Hermano Luz Rodrigues & Mariana Pereira

10 mins




A Temporary Iteration

Fiona Kelly

8 mins






Orla Egan

55 mins






Thursday, May 9th - The Shtepps

Start Time

Film Panels and Screenings with Q & A @ Shtepps, The Hub

9:00                     Chaired by Adrian Favell (Radical Humanities Laboratory)


Hermano Luz Rodrigues & Mariana Pereira, Reminiscing Future Public Fountains, run time: 10 min.


Fiona Kelly, A Temporary Iteration, run time: 8 min.


Orla Egan, Loafers, run time: 55 min.

11:00                   Chaired by Jesse Peterson (Radical Humanities Laboratory)


Benjamin Gerdes, It is Always a Hard Job Keeping a Collective Together, run time: 43 min.


a place of their own (Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy), Eile {Border-Fictioning} / Lobster (11’27”) & Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary  (9’24”), run time: 30 min.



Lucy Kaye, From Where We Stand, run time: 60 min.

Followed by Q & A with producers, Andrew Wallace and Adrian Favell


Download the full film programme here: Film Programme RF

Conference Map

Download the above map here: Conference Map

Further maps covering Parking, Bus Routes, Eating Places and Shops are available on the UCC Maps page

Getting to UCC

UCC is located in the western part of Cork city, 1 km from the city centre.
The main parts of UCC’s campus are along Western Road and College Road.
Car parking facilities at UCC are limited, so when visiting UCC, please consider using public transport. 

On Foot or Bicycle
From the city centre (Patrick Street/Grand Parade), take Washington Street to the west. Pass the old Court House (on your right) and later the River Lee Hotel (on your left). At the next traffic lights, enter the UCC College Gates. The bicycle parking locations map shows the available bicycle parking throughout campus.

To walk from the city centre to UCC takes 15-20 minutes.

Local Bus
Cork Bus Station is located at Parnell Place in the city centre. The bus station is served by all Bus Eireann local and intercity services. To get to UCC, use city buses No 205 ('CIT/Rossa Avenue') or No 208 ('Bishopstown') from the bus station or at nearby St Patrick Street (outside Debenhams). The bus stop code for UCC (College Road) is 241741. Plan your travel with the bus routes serving UCC map. Also see the National Journey Planner.

Intercity Bus
There are express coach services to Dublin and Dublin Airport (operated by Aircoach and Bus Eireann) and to Limerick/Galway (operated by CityLink and Bus Eireann).

By Train
Train services by Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) to Cork stop at Kent Station. Hourly intercity services to and from Dublin Heuston Station take between 2.5 and 3 hours. There are also frequent commuter services to/from Mallow, Midleton and Cobh. City bus No 205 services operate between Kent Station and UCC.

For details, see Taxis from the train station to UCC cost about €10. Route from train and bus stations to UCC.

By Air
Cork Airport is 8 km south of Cork city centre. There are several flights a day from London-Heathrow or Amsterdam (bothAerLingus) and London Stanstead or Gatwick (RyanAir). For other destinations in the UK (e.g. Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester) and continental Europe see Cork Airport. Bus connections to/from the airport are provided by Bus Eireann (route No 226 to Cork Bus Station). A taxi journey to UCC will take 10–20 minutes and will cost about €12–18.

Further information on getting to ucc is available on the UCC Website.


We have some rooms available at a preferential rate at Lancaster Lodge. It is a nearby hotel, much used by the university. There are also limited rooms retained at the Kingsley Hotel and the River Lee Hotel.

NB: Please use the code ‘Radical Futures Conference UCC’ if booking any of these.

Note that these are all limited in scope and will only be held for another week or so (From March 26th), so do book soon if this seems like a good option.

There are two reasonably close Maldrons, one in Shandon and one on the South Mall.
On Western Road itself, very near the university, there are quite a lot of independent guesthouses, such as Audley House or Anam Cara. You can find lots more of these by just looking on google maps and doing the usual due diligence on review sites etc.

There is also a new Premier Inn in the city centre.
On MacCurtain Street, which has quite a few bars and restaurants, though it is somewhat on the other side of the city, there's the REZz Hotel or Isaac's Hotel.
Additional information for planning your visit to UCC is available on the UCC Website.

WiFi Access Details

WiFi access provided by Eduroam.

Access credentials are provided on the reverse side of your conference name badge.

Radical Futures Code of Conduct

We expect all speakers, performers, attendees, and volunteers at the conference to conduct themselves in line with our code of conduct. Your cooperation will help to ensure a safe and productive conference experience for all involved parties.
The Radical Humanities Laboratory is committed to providing a harassment-free conference experience for all attendees, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. Harassment of conference participants in any form will not be tolerated. Violation of this policy may result in expulsion from conference events.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

The conference team will take appropriate action against those engaged in such behaviours, and responses may range from verbal warnings to expulsion from conference events.
If you experience or witness harassment please contact a member of the conference team or lab immediately. We will happily help participants and assist anyone experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.

This code of conduct applies across the board from paper sessions and performances to social gatherings.

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