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Mon 30 Nov
17:30-19:15 | Tuborgvej 164, 2400 København NV. AU Campus Emdrup, bygning C, lokale C001
Storbritanniens historie
Forelæsningsrække på 7 foredrag organiseret af folkeuniversitetet Emdrup. 30/11/2020: "En splittet nation. Vejen mod brexit" med Sara Dybris McQuaid
Wed 07 Oct
17:15-21:15 | AU bygning 1530, lokale D119, Ny Munkegade 118, 8000 Aarhus
Irlands historie – fortiden som kikkert, kastebold og klods om benet
Onsdag d. 7. oktober afholder folkeuniversitetet Aarhus en forelæsningsaften hvor Sara Dybris McQuaid kommer og fortæller om Irland i en Brexit-tid hvor forskellige stemmer, positioner og fortolkninger giver anledning til intens debat og nationens identitet igen tages op til forhandling. Alle er meget velkomne til at deltage og tage del i diskussionen om "hvordan et samfund husker, glemmer og gemmer til en anden god gang."
Wed 06 Nov
10:00-12:00 | Dokk1, Store sal Hack Kampmanns Plads 2 8000 Aarhus C
Vidensbrunch med Sara Dybris McQuaid – Brexit og det irske spørgsmål
Arrangement ved Folkeuniversitetet
Fri 01 Nov
09:15-11:00 | Max Sørensens retssal, bygning 1410, lokale 233, Bartholins Allé 16, 8000 Aarhus C
Lecture by Advocate General Gerard Hogan of the Court of Justice of the European Union
Wed 09 Oct
14:00-15:15 | Antikmuseet, Victor Albecks Vej 3, 8000 Aarhus
Seamus Heaney and Virgil: A lecture by Professor Stephen Harrison, Oxford University
Sat 05 Oct
17:00-19:00 | Kvindemuseet, Domkirkepladsen 5, 8000 Aarhus C
Film & Talk: The Tart with the Cart: Sex and Vulnerability in Ireland
Tue 01 Oct
16:00-18:00 | Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Aarhus University, Buildings 1630-1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
ERC Project Launch: Classical Influences and Irish Culture (CLIC)
Tue 27 Aug
17:30-19:15 | AU, Campus Emdrup, bygning D, lokale D169 Tuborgvej 164 2400 København NV
Irlands historie – fortiden som kikkert, kastebold og klods om be
Åbningsforelæsning ved Folkeuniversitetet
Mon 19 Aug
08:30-19:30 | Copenhagen/Ireland
Ireland and Northern Ireland Tour
A 7-day tour on the history of Ireland, borders, and Brexit
Wed 01 May
17:30-19:15 | Aarhus Universitet, Campus Emdrup, bygning D, lokale D174, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 København NV
Seminar series, Copenhagen: 'Rule, Britannia! Great Britain before and after Brexit'

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The 1916 Revolution: Context and Consequences. Lecture by Prof. Jane Ohlmeyer


April 28th 4-6 pm 

Venue: Building 1441, room 112

Nobelparken, 8000 Aarhus C

Arranged by CISA, and introduced by Cliona Managhan, ambassador of Ireland.

Abstract: The Easter Rising of 1916 was a failure militarily but it changed utterly the face of Irish History.  It set in train an unstoppable process, which led to the separation of Ireland from Great Britain and accelerated the demise of the British Empire, which by 1914 traversed the globe.  This talk sets the 1916 Rising in a wider chronological context, looking at the rise of nationalism in Ireland from the seventeenth century.  It also explores the long-term consequences of the Rising for Ireland, Britain and the British Empire.  

Brief Bio: Jane Ohlmeyer is Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute and the Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. She is currently Chair of the Irish Research Council and was the founding Vice President for Global Relations at Trinity (2011-14).  She is an expert on Ireland and empire in the early modern period.  Yale University Presss published her most recent book, Making Ireland English: The Irish Aristocracy in the seventeenth ccentury and she is currently working on another called ‘Colonial Ireland, Colonial India’.cc.au.dk/en/news-and-events/event/artikel/guest-lecture-by-professor-jane-ohlmeyer/

Authors in Aarhus presents Donal Ryan and Oona Frawley from Ireland


Wednesday, april 20th,

19:00 til 21:00

Venue: Hovedbiblioteket

In cooperation with CISA.

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of Ireland’s most important historical event; the 1916 Easter Rising, during which the country proclaimed its independence. For the occasion, two great Irish voices will be present at Dokk1, and will lead the audience through a fascinating take on Irish identity, culture and history over the past hundred years, with an important focus on Ireland today.

Donal Ryan’s debut novel, The Spinning Heart (Danish title:  Rust), was a number one bestseller in Ireland and a Boston Globe bestseller in the US. Set in Ireland around the time of the economic crash of 2008, the novel digs deep into man’s heart and into human relationships at the time of financial crisis. It won the 2013 Guardian First Book Award in the UK, and was long-listed for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. He is also the author of The Thing About December and A Slanting of the Sun, which will be released in Danish early April.

Oona Frawley is a celebrated Irish academic and novelist. She has taught in many renowned universities, and she in 2014 published her highly-acclaimed first novel, Flight, a beautiful tale of migration. It was nominated for an Irish Book Award in the 'newcomer' category. Oona's research interests lie in Irish Studies, particularly of the late 19th and 20th centuries, in memory and trauma studies, and in ecocriticism.

The event will be in English.


Lunch lecture: Parading Memory and Remembering Conflict. Collective memory in transition in Ireland

By Sara Dybris McQuaid

Wednesday, March 16th, 1215-13.00

Location: Nobelparken, building 1481, room 366

In Northern Ireland, parades have long been important carriers of politico-cultural identities and collective memories, as well as arenas of struggle and conflict. Taking as its starting point that these contests over meaning are always framed by their contexts of articulation both in temporal and spatial terms, this article examines the role of parades in the current ‘post-conflict’ phase of the peace process as it plays out in a particular location, namely North Belfast. Using theories of cultural and collective memory and examples from republican and loyalist parades in North Belfast, it is argued that there is fear of memory and identity collapse in particular communities on the margins of the peace process, leading to a conscious doubling of efforts to (re)articulate the hidden recesses of memory in the current transition. In this, the patterns of ‘competitive commemoration’ in parades should be understood both horizontally: as majority memory traditions move to minority memory positions; and vertically: in relation to the increasing dissonance between vernacular practices of conflict and the official post-conflict discourses in Northern Ireland. Central to these arguments is the recognition that parading traditions are at once presentist, competitive instruments and also emotional and embodied practices to ensure the continuity of identity. It follows, that both dimensions must be recognised together, if cognitive and visceral templates of conflict are to be explained and shifted. This article applies a wide-angle memory studies lens to capture the two together and explore the changing parade-scape.

Memoir-writing and the peace process in Northern Ireland: New Labour and the politics of self-justification.

Friday, November 27th. 2015


Nobelparken, Building 1483, room 251

Stephen Hopkins is the author of the book The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict (Liverpool University Press, 2013), which examines memoir-writing by many of the key political actors in the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’ (1969–1998), and argues that memoir has been a neglected dimension of the study of the legacies of the violent conflict. It investigates these sources in the context of ongoing disputes over how to interpret Northern Ireland’s recent past. A careful reading of these memoirs can provide insights into the lived experience and retrospective judgments of some of the main protagonists of the conflict. The period of relative peace rests upon an uneasy calm in Northern Ireland. Many people continue to inhabit contested ideological territories, and in their strategies for shaping the narrative ‘telling’ of the conflict, key individuals within the Protestant Unionist and Catholic Irish Nationalist communities can appear locked into exclusive and self-justifying discourses. In such circumstances, while some memoirists have been genuinely self-critical, many others have utilised a post-conflict language of societal reconciliation in order to mask a strategy that actually seeks to score rhetorical victories and to discomfort traditional enemies. Memoir-writing is only one dimension of the current ad hoc approach to ‘dealing with the past’ in Northern Ireland, but in the absence of any consensus regarding an overarching ‘truth and reconciliation’ process, this is likely to be the pattern for the foreseeable future. This study provides the first comprehensive analysis of a major resource for understanding the conflict.


The Irish Republican movement and contested memories of the 1980-81 hunger strike

Thursday, November 26th. 2015

4-6 p.m.

Building 1481. room 341


This lecture will analyse the politics of contested memory in relation to the contemporary trajectory of the Irish Provisional Republican Movement (Sinn Féin and the IRA).

For more information, please see the poster.

Stephen Hopkins is Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester, and author of the book The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict (Liverpool University Press, 2013).