Next Week: Visual & Material Culture of Famine Conference

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Just a wee note about a conference I’m co-organising next week (14-16 March), hosted by Maynooth University and organised/funded as part of the NWO-funded International Network of Irish Famine Studies (of which I’m a core member).

Registration is free! If you’ve an interest in Famine studies, visual/material culture, or historical memory, please feel free to register and come along.

We’ve a fantastic programme that includes seven panels of top-notch papers, five keynote speakers (including me, speaking on Evidencing Eviction: the Visibility of Irish Poverty, 1870-90 on Weds.), and a range of special events, including:

  • A reading by acclaimed Irish author and Aósdana member Evelyn Conlon, whose most recent novel, Not the Same Sky (2013) draws on the social and material history of the Earl Grey-assisted emigration scheme, reimagining the story of three young women from amongst 4,000 Irish girls sent to Australia between 1848-50.
  • A presentation by Moonfish Theatre Company, whose stage adaptation of Joseph O’Connor’s Famine novel Star of the Sea has been on a sell-out national tour.
  • A talk by screenwriter and playwright Hugh Travers, Maynooth University’s Screenwriter-in-Residence who has been commissioned to write a sitcom on the Famine for Channel 4.
  • A special tour by curator Donal Maguire of the National Gallery of Ireland’s forthcoming exhibition The Pathos of Distance, a collaboration with artist Sarah Pierce exploring the visual history of Irish emigration.

All details (including travel, accommodation, and full schedule) are on the conference website.

New Research Centre: UCD & NCAD Centre for Creative Arts & Critical Cultures

UCD Artist in Residence Dominic Thorpe, working with students from the Visual Arts Society (Drawsoc), Spring 2015

UCD Artist in Residence Dominic Thorpe, working with students from UCD’s Visual Arts Society (Drawsoc), Spring 2015

As many of you know I’ve been working for the past year as part of the NCAD + UCD Strategic Alliance project. I’m delighted to share today that we’ve received the green light from UCD to officially establish the UCD & NCAD Centre for Creative Arts & Critical Cultures, of which I will be Co-Director (along with Prof. Jessica Hemmings, Visual Culture, NCAD).

This is the first research centre at UCD to be formally co-hosted with another higher education institution. Its aim is to promote, initiate and coordinate cross-institutional academic activity in the domain of creative arts and critical cultures, across NCAD and UCD’s schools, colleges and disciplines. Here are a few more details of our ambitions:

The Centre for Creative Arts & Critical Cultures supports a cross-institutional, creative academic community whose work bears an affinity of interest in the arts, culture and critical studies — amplifying the impact and reach of this work across both institutions, and beyond to wider society. It will achieve these aims by developing new teaching and research initiatives, promoting and supporting the activities of its affiliated members, and facilitating collaborations between the two institutions.

Our population includes undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral scholars, academic faculty and staff, and associated artists, critics/writers, designers, architects, and cultural producers. From music to theatre, visual arts to literature, to architecture and design — researchers at NCAD and UCD are nationally and internationally recognized as experts and innovators in the creative arts. However, the Centre’s mission is not constrained to any single discipline, or limited to the arts and humanities. What connects our community is a spirit of intellectual openness and the belief that imaginative thinking and approaches can transform scientific, social scientific, and humanistic enquiry.

By creating this community of scholars we seek to explore alternatives to traditional disciplinary canons; collectively propose new theoretical frameworks; and inspire in each other new forms of artistic and intellectual practice. The Centre will promote cross-disciplinarity and the scholarly ambitions of the community at its core, by:

  • Hosting symposia, conferences, exhibitions and joint events
  • Supporting joint publications and creative dissemination of research
  • Encouraging and sharing information about funding and training opportunities (national, international, European), with the aim of developing joint applications
  • Developing opportunities for staff exchange, mentorship and career development (postgraduate and staff)
  • Developing ‘research clusters’ that will bring together groups of researchers working across both institutions on related themes
  • Promoting the co-supervision of PhDs and funding applications to support them
  • Informing the development of UCD and NCAD’s strategic research objectives
  • Promoting the vision of an interlinked creative campus which welcomes and supports cultural activity, and innovative, cross-disciplinary thinking

The Centre will be discussed further at the NCAD Academic Council meeting on 17 June. We’re looking forward developing a full programme and formal launch event for the autumn semester (lots more details to come) — and announcing the outcome of our recent €30,000 seed funding call — but for now, I’m really excited about this new challenge ahead, and the possibilities it will create for students and staff!

More details are also available here: http://ncad-ucd.ie/project-strands/creative-arts-critical-cultures/

Vol 2 of Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy – now published!

We are delighted to publish the newest issue of the Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy. Contents include new research on artist-led temporary spaces; intangible heritage; artists’ emotional experiences and curating; and reviews of recently published books on cultural policy.This internationally peer-reviewed journal is open-access and free to read online! Please share with colleagues, friends & students…

A call for submissions for issue 3 will follow shortly.

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New year, new look – and new jobs!

IMG_0225Greetings arts management enthusiasts! Thought I’d freshen things up a bit for 2015 – including also a pic of one of my favourite exhibitions of 2014, the Helio Oiticica exhibition at IMMA (my son showing the art some love). Very happy to be starting another semester here at UCD today… do check out the newly updated jobs page, and there will be lots of other interesting news headed towards the blog imminently! Projects I’ve been working on over the last semester will be making an appearance very soon – including the latest issue of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, new developments on the strategic alliance of UCD and NCAD (I’m seconded to this project this academic year), and new opportunities for arts management professional education here at UCD. Great things in store for 2015! Thanks for your continued readership & support 🙂 Emily

New Art History & Cult. Policy Facebook, Twitter launched

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Here in the School of Art History & Cultural Policy at University College Dublin we’re pleased to announce a new Facebook page and Twitter account. We’ll be posting news, events, and links to items of interest for our students, staff, alumni and wider community. Both accounts will cover topics related to Irish and international art history, arts management and cultural policy.

It’s a really exciting semester for our School, with the launch of the five-volume Art & Architecture of Ireland series this October with the Royal Irish Academy (with heavy editorial and authorial input from the School); and new initiatives forthcoming from our strategic alliance with the National College of Art and Design (more on this soon!). We hope these new channels will be useful for folks who’d like to be updated with School events and activities.

I’ll still be maintaining my own personal take & news on Irish arts management here on this blog — and keeping up the jobs page, of course! — but will also be managing the School’s accounts too for the time being. Should you have any events, announcements, etc. you’d like communicated to our wider School network (beyond the arts management folks) feel free to contact me!