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17 May 2024 | 'EURASIAN ZONES OF CONTACT:The Russian & Qing Empires' Workshop

Date: Friday, 17th May 2024
Science Hub, Room H2.20

This workshop, organised by Dr Julia C. Schneider (University College Cork)and (opens in a new window)Dr Jennifer Keating(UCD), develops international collaboration on zones of contact between the Russian Empire (1721-1917) and the Qing Empire (1636/1644-1912). These zones are, on the one hand, geographically defined borderlands in Central, Inner, and East Asia, and, on the other hand, cultural, intellectual, political, and economic spaces wherein people from these two empires (and beyond) met and interacted. As recent work on the history of the Qing-Russian border, on borderlands of both empires, and on cross-border flows of information, people, and things has so clearly and excitingly demonstrated, there is much to be gained both by situating the two empires in direct comparative analysis and by conceptualising alternative spatial histories of Eurasia that acknowledge the existence of, but are not defined by, the political border. Some of the key research questions in this dynamic area of scholarship refer to the ways in which imperial borders were created, shaped, and transgressed by a variety of state officials, intellectuals, traders, and pastoral communities across the seventeenth to early twentieth centuries, and the degree to which the ‘border’ or ‘frontier’ is better conceived of as a highly fluid zone of contact and exchange, both spatially and intellectually.

The workshop seeks to generate conversation about local and regional entanglements, networks, and exchanges across these vast Eurasian territories. While conventional histories of the two empires have treated them as two separate political entities, the workshop aims to adopt transregional and transnational approaches to overcome the narrow and traditional idea of territory – and in doing so, to propose alternative spatial, economic, and cultural histories of the region that contribute to attempts to de-nationalise and de-territorialise the historiography.

Confirmed speakers:
Yuexin Rachel Lin (Leeds)
Eric Schluessel (George Washington)
Sören Urbansky (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Meng Zhang (Vanderbilt)

16 & 17 May 2024 | 'Nonhuman Animals in the Age of Extinction and Mass Production' Conference

Date: Thursday, 16th May (online) & Friday, 17th May 2024
Science Hub, Room 1.51

The Nonhuman Animals in the Age of Extinction and Mass Production conference will critically examine the paradoxical situation of nonhuman animal life in the age of mass extinction and mass production. The conference theme addresses one of the most urgent challenges facing humanity and other animals in the context of the climate crisis and the global capitalist system: the destruction of habitats and exploitation of animals that drives both extinction and consumption. It will explore how literature and other cultural productions criticise and rethink the ethical, ecological and social implications of this scenario, fostering a dialogue between Animal Studies and Environmental Humanities, two interdisciplinary fields that share concerns but also have tensions and are rarely in direct conversation with each other.

Keynote speakers:

Conference website: (opens in a new window)Animal Studies
For further information, please contact: (opens in a new window)animalstudiesucd@gmail.com 

Partial funding support for this event is provided by the UCD Humanities Institute and the UCD College of Arts & Humanities.

20 May 2024 | 'Landings: Art after Extractivism' Art Exhibit Launch

Date: Monday, 20th May 2024

Time: 5.30pm
Venue: HI Seminar Room (H204)

Opening remarks by Professor Kate Robson Brown, Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact (VPRII), followed by Professor Regina Uí Chollatáin, Principal/College of Arts and Humanities, and Professor Anne Fuchs, Humanities Institute Director

The launch will be followed by a wine reception.

The artworks in this exhibit have been produced in response to the (opens in a new window)2022/23 CHCI Global Humanities Institute 'Post-extractivist legacies and landscapes: Humanities, artistic and activist responses’ which was led by the UCD Humanities Institute. This exhibition marks the end of the Andrew W. Mellon funded transnational research project which has resulted in a rich international network and many diverse  outputs, spanning academic publications, blogs, an online syllabus and artistic works.

Image artworks by:
Judy Carroll Deeley | Sarah Comyn | Helen Doherty | Katherine Fama

21 May 2024 | TNH Workshop 'Roots in the Air: Multilingualism and Displacement'

Date: Tuesday, 21st May 2024
Time: 9.30am-12pm
Venue: Agnes McGuire Social Work Building, C001 (ground floor)

This workshop will focus on the various definitions of multilingualism and on notions of displacement, with particular reference to exile and nostalgia from a transnational perspective. The event, co-organised by Dr. Bianca Cataldi (UCD Humanities Institute TNH Research Project Lead) and Dr. Till Greite (UCD Humanities Institute Visiting Fellow) will be divided into two parts: a panel with 15-20 min presentations for each speaker and, after a coffee break, a roundtable with discussion.

The speakers will be experts from different fields of Modern Languages, History and Linguistics, including Prof. Michael Cronin (TCD), Prof. Esther Kilchmann (Universität Hamburg) and Prof. Steffan Davies (University of Bristol).

Following the event, participants are invited to visit our HI exhibition: “Landings: Art after Extractivism” | UCD Humanities Institute Seminar Room (H204)

23 May 2024 | 'Extractivist Landscapes: Humanities, Artistic and Activist Responses' Workshop Series

Date: Thursday, 23rd May 2024
Time: 1.30-4.45pm
Venue: Humanities Institute, H204

Workshop 2:
Dr Conor Sweeney (School of Mathematics and Statistics, UCD): "Visualising Climate Modelling”
Dublin artist Sarah Bracken Soper: "Making Impressions”

Image credit: ‘Goldmine: Germiston’, Natalie Fuller c.1928, with watercolour additions by S. Comyn. Used with kind permission by the owner D. R. Comyn

12 June 2024 | Contemporary Tibetan Women’s Writing in English (Reading group + seminar)

Date: Wednesday, 12th June 2024
Time: 10.30am-4pm
Venue: Humanities Institute, H204

This event comprises a reading group followed by a seminar where three of the most celebrated and emerging Tibetan female writers- Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, Tenzin Dickie and Tsering Yangzom Lama, in their capacities as writers, editors, translators, come together to introduce, inform and critically discuss their work as well as the future of Tibetan literature in English from the perspective of many combinatory concepts like exile and diaspora studies, neo-colonialism, resistance writing, among others. This gathering aims to put Contemporary Tibetan Women’s Writing on the World Literary map by providing a platform to such writers who are working on a burgeoning field of literature.

20 June 2024 | 'Extractivist Landscapes: Humanities, Artistic and Activist Responses' Workshop Series

Date: Thursday, 20th June 2024
Time: 1.30-4.45pm
Venue: Humanities Institute, H204

Workshop 3:
Professor Maeve Cooke
(School of Philosophy, UCD): "Engaged Theorising”
Dublin artist Conor Nolan: “Wish You Were Here”

Image credit: ‘Goldmine: Germiston’, Natalie Fuller c.1928, with watercolour additions by S. Comyn. Used with kind permission by the owner D. R. Comyn

26 & 27 June 2024 | Awakenings at 50: A Clinical and Cultural Retrospective

Date: Wednesday, 26th June & Thursday, 27th June 2024
Venue: Royal Society of Antiquaries, Merrion Square, Dublin

June 2023 marked the 50th publication anniversary of Awakenings (1973), a medical bestseller where Oliver Sacks documented the predicaments of forgotten survivors of the encephalitis lethargica epidemic as they emerged, with L-Dopa's chemical assistance, from decades of sleep. It is also with Awakenings that Sacks discovered himself as a "Romantic" scientist and found the writerly voice that has since earned him the title of the “Poet Laureate of Medicine”.

One of the first academic conferences devoted Oliver Sacks's clinical and authorial practice, Awakenings at 50 charts the debts and legacies -- both clinical and cultural -- of this epoch-making book. Programme below.

This two-day symposium will appeal to clinicians; persons with lived experience of Parkinson’s or other neurological conditions; researchers in medical humanities; new and longstanding readers of Oliver Sacks's work; and anyone fascinated by the entanglements of medicine literature, and science and art.

Organised by Dr Jivitesh Vashisht (UCD School of English, Drama & Film, and HI Resident Scholar).

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