Collective Social Futures Festival of Social Science, 20-21 November 2023

31 Oct 2023

On 20-21 November UCC Futures: Collective Social Futures hosted a Festival of Social Science, including a book launch, an evening of music and performance, and a full-day symposium showcasing social science research across UCC.

Monday 20th November, 16.00 -17.00. 

Dora Allman room, Student Hub

Launch of Social Networks and Migration: Relocations, Relationships and Resources, by Professor Louise Ryan, London Metropolitan University.

Leading migration researcher Louise Ryan’s topical and intersectional book provides rich insights into migrants’ social networks. It draws on more than 200 interviews with migrants who followed various transnational routes in every decade since the 1940s, in order to build valuable longitudinal perspectives and comparisons. With a particular focus on London, it charts how social networks are formed and sustained, how trust is developed and how social support is accessed, and explores the key opportunities and obstacles that migrants encounter.
Response from Dr Claire Dorrity, Thematic Lead for Superdiversity, UNIC  and Academic Lead MA Superdiversity in Education Organisations and Society (SEOS).
Welcome from Professor Maggie O'Neill (Director of ISS21 and Collective Social Futures), Professor Kieran Keohane (Department of Sociology & Criminology) and Professor Fred Powell (School of Applied Social Studies).  
Refreshments will be served at the launch.

Monday, 20 November, 18.00 – 20.00

The Shtepps, The Student Hub

An evening of socially engaged and creative performances of music and spoken word, connected to key social issues and challenges for our collective social futures.

Welcome and opening remarks from The Lord Mayor of Cork Dr Kieran McCarthy, Professor Maggie O’Neill, and Dr James Kapalo.

The line-up for the evening includes:

  • World music from Citadel
  • Performance poet Will Keohane
  • Hip-hop group Misneach
  • UCC Department of Theatre students present Climate Change Theatre Action - short play readings including The Polar Bears and Magical Fungi in Times Square

Refreshments will be served before the event. Please arrive from 17.30 for a 18.00 start.

Tuesday, 21 November, 9.00 - 16.00

Aula Maxima

Symposium showcasing social science research in UCC

9.15 - 9.30

Welcome: Professor John O'Halloran (President of UCC), Professor Chris Williams (Head of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences) and Professor Maggie O'Neill (Director of ISS21 and Collective Social Futures).

9.30 - 11.00

Session 1: Critically Analysing Societal Complexities: Social Difference, Migration and Diversity.

  • Dr Shirley Martin, Dr Deirdre Horgan and Dr Jacqui O’Riordan, School of Applied Social Studies. The IMMERSE Project: Identifying and measuring socio-educational indicators of integration for migrant and refugee children in Europe. Abstract - IMMERSE.
  • Dr Patricia McGrath, Adult Continuing Education. Barriers to Education for Traveller Children in Primary and Secondary SchoolsAbstract - Barriers to Education
  • Dr Claire Edwards, School of Applied Social Studies. CareVisions: Reframing Collective Futures through the Feminist Ethics of CareAbstract - CareVisions

Chair: Dr Caitriona Ni Laoire, School of Applied Social Studies

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30 - 13.00 

Session 2: Enacting Social Futures: Re-envisioning Democracy, Activism and Social Transformation

  • Dr Tracey Skillington, Department of Sociology and Criminology. A civic connections approach to climate change challenges across contexts. Abstract - Climate Change
  • Dr Ger Mullally, Department of Sociology and Criminology. Re-imagining Sustainability at the Crossroads: It's Grounded Theory, but not as we know it!
  • Dr Niall Dunphy, Cleaner Production Promotion Unit, ERI. Energy Citizenship – bland platitude ripe for co-option, or timely vision of citizen empowerment’ Abstract - Energy Citizenship

Chair: Dr Olive McCarthy, Department of Food Business and Development and the Centre for Co-operative Studies

13.00 – 14.00 Light lunch in the Aula Maxima. Dr Richard Scriven will also lead a campus walk, connecting to the themes of the festival.

14.00 - 15.30

Session 3: Re-thinking Social Futures: Caring and Inclusive Relations

  • Paul O'Rourke and Dr Katharina Swirak, Department of Sociology and Criminology. Walking life after prison in Cork City  
  • Dr Carol Kelleher, Management & Marketing. Recognising, supporting and valuing young carers: caring together as part of our collective futures. Abstract - Young Carers
  • Dr Carol Power and Dr Caroline Crowley, Department of Food Business and Development and the Centre for Co-operative Studies. CO-AGE: Assessing the potential of the co-operative model to provide solutions to the challenges of eldercare in Ireland". Abstract - CO-AGE
  • Dr Monica O’Mullane, School of Public Health. Development of a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Implementation Model: Enhancing Intersectoral Approaches in Tackling Health Inequalities. Abstract - HIA-IM

Chair: Dr Angela Flynn, School of Nursing and Midwifery

15.30 - 16.00 

Wrap up and summarise the day - what next? 

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Dr Margaret Scanlon ( and Dr Richard Scriven (   

Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

Top Floor, Carrigbawn/Safari Building, Donovan Road, Cork, T12 YE30