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    Seeking “Over Here” video

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

    We’ve had a request for the video “Over Here”, which was produced by Emigrant Advice some time ago. The Crosscare Migrant Project (formerly Emigrant Advice) no longer has a copy. If you or your organisation has a copy, perhaps you might let me know at

    Migration Studies in Ireland: Trinity, March 2008

    Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

    ‘Migration Studies in Ireland: ­ An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate
    Conference’ will be held in Trinity College, Dublin on March 27-28, 2008.

    Organisers have issued a call for papers from postgrad students working on questions of migration, race, rights, public policy, inter/transculturalism
    and the use of audio and visual media in social research. They welcome input from the fields of sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, linguistics, geography, education, social policy, lens-based practice, film and media studies, race, ethnicity and gender studies, among others.

    This is the inaugural conference but will it occur annually and rotate location between the following convening partner institutions: University College Dublin (UCD); National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM); University College, Cork (UCC); Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT); University of Limerick (UL); Dublin City University (DCU); Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

    Abstracts should be sent to no later than January 20.

    UCD institute to focus on Diaspora

    Saturday, December 1st, 2007

    University College Dublin has announced that the new John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies will focus on changing the way Ireland and the Disapora are understood.

    UCD officials say the institute will build on Irish diaspora scholarship to achieve a new level of public dialogue within the global Irish community on the meaning Irishness and major global issues of mutual interest and concern. It will also provide a public outreach programme that will focus on the Irish community and Irish diaspora groups abroad.

    A press release from the University says:

    The creation of the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies will yield very significant and highly visible benefits for Ireland, which will grow in understanding of itself and its distinct role in the wider world through deeper understanding of its diaspora. It will equally benefit the global Irish community through the greater recognition of its unique historic contribution which the Institute will bring more fully into the light.

    See the full press release.

    Depression among emigrants rooted in Ireland, say researchers

    Sunday, September 30th, 2007

    The origins of depression among many Irish emigrants in Britain are located in Ireland or in difficult life circumstances, rather than the experience of migration, according to recently published research.

    The researchers behind “Explanations of depression among Irish migrants in Britain” said they had hypothesised that the explanations for psychological distress may have been related to unprepared or spontaneous migration. After interviewing Irish-born migrants living in London, they found that this theory was not supported.

    The article’s abstract is online at, where the whole article may be purchased.

    Book highlights Irish contribution to US slang

    Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

    Snazzy, slugger, balony, lollygag: all of these words entered the American vernacular thanks to the Irish speakers who migrated to the US in the last century, according to a ground-breaking new work.

    Jack Cassidy has recently published “How the Irish Invented Slang: the Secret Language of the Crossroad”. The book has received substantial attention in Ireland in recent weeks, and noted Irish American essayist and novelist Peter Quinn has weighed in on the subject with a review posted on the publisher’s website.

    Quinn lauds Cassidy’s “momentous” revelations, noting that his discoveries have made a “hugely significant breakthrough in our ability to understand the origins of vital parts of the American vernacular”. Quinn continues:

    He has solved the mystery of how, after centuries of intense interaction, a people as verbally agile and inventive as the Irish could seemingly have made almost no impression on English, a fact that H.L. Mencken, among other students of the language, found baffling. What was missing, it turns out, wasn’t a steady penetration of Irish into English, but someone equipped with Cassidy’s genius – a unique combination of street smarts and scholarship, of memory, intuition, and intellect – who could discern and decipher the evidence.

    Read the review on the Counterpunch website.

    Atlantic Arc to encourage research cooperation

    Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

    A new research network will examine the migration of Ulster-Scots, Scots and Irish to Canada and the US. The Atlantic Arc has been founded by a group of academics, including several from the University of Ulster, who visited recently as part of a cross-border delegation to New Brunswick aimed at developing academic, cultural and economic co-operation across the Atlantic.

    The Atlantic Arc will facilitate research cooperation and the use of archives among institutes in Canada, the US, and Europe.

    See the press release from the University of Ulster.  

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