Understanding Ireland's Ethno-Cultural Divide: Tim Mc Inerney, Rutgers-Paris 8 Exchange Seminar #1
Thursday, April 21, 2022, 04:30pm - 06:00pm
Rutgers-Paris 8 Exchange
Imagining the Irish: Narratives of Nationhood 1916-2020
Three Seminars led by Professor Tim Mc Inerney (Université Paris 8)
April 21, 25, and 28, 2022
Rutgers Academic Building, West Wing, Sixth Floor Rm 6051
Hybrid in-person/zoom event open to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty
Title: Understanding Ireland’s Ethno-Cultural divide
Description: Despite common misconceptions, the political divide in Ireland is not about religion. Instead, the infamous labels of “Protestant” and “Catholic” function as a proxy for the complex ethno-cultural identities that have resulted from centuries of systemic segregation under colonial rule. In our first seminar, we will get to grips with the basics of identity on the island of Ireland. We will see how the Revolution of 1916-1922 transformed what the Irish nation represented in the world – and indeed, how this very transformation was seen as a profound threat to British global hegemony.
Reading: Extracts from John Mitchel, The Land Conquest of Ireland (Perhaps) (1861); Éamonn De Valera, “Ireland and India” speech (1920); Arthur Mee’s Harmsworth’s Children’s Encyclopaedia (1926).