Seeing Other Dublins
From Joyce's Ulysses to Fáilte Ireland's latest rebranding of Dublin as 'surprising by nature', the city has repeatedly been a subject of mediation. Yet many aspects of its development persistently escape reflection in the city's arts and media. Considering the challenge of representing other Dublins and Dublin's others, the session will feature contributions from the poet, playwright and former Ireland Chair of Poetry Paula Meehan, the artist Dorothy Smith, a key visual documenter of the contemporary inner city, and the academic and film classifier Zélie Asava, author of The Black Irish Onscreen (2013). Trinity and the Changing City is organised by the Identities in Transformation research theme , led by Tom Walker, School of English, Daniel Faas, Department of Sociology, and Sarah Kerr , Trinity Long Room Hub, and is supported by the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute.See the full schedule of the lecture series hereAbout Trinity and the Changing CityTrinity College Dublin has been a key witness, over many centuries, to Dublin’s development into the cosmopolitan city it is today. This multidisciplinary discussion series will look at the lived experience of Dublin’s citizens through the prism of Trinity’s Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences research. By drawing on historical, cultural, linguistic, sociological and economic perspectives, it will consider how we can understand a changing Dublin and influence plans for the city’s future.Dublin has been transformed by the economic crash, the austerity measures that followed and recent improvements in aspects of the Irish economy, as well as wider issues such as displacement and migration. The city’s built environment and economic, demographic and linguistic mix have all developed apace.But these changes, and their relationship to issues around poverty, health, housing and governmental policy, have not generally been well represented in the media or in public discourse. There is a representative gap between the city in which Trinity resides, not least in terms of language, race and class, and the images and narratives of that city put forth in the broader culture.Trinity and the Changing City will seek to address and interrogate this gap, bringing internationally recognised scholars in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, from Trinity and further afield, together with key stakeholders and practitioners from across the city.
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