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    Irish Theatrical Diaspora: NUI Galway, 17-18 April 2009

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    “Irish Theatre: the Local and the Global” is the theme of the 2009 Irish Theatrical Diaspora Conference, which will be held on 17-18 April 2009 at NUI, Galway.

    The Irish Theatrical Diaspora develops and co-ordinates research on the production of Irish drama in its local, national and international contexts. The project defines “Irish drama” as all theatrical performances within the island of Ireland, and any theatrical performances outside the country involving Irish-born personnel or having substantial Irish content”.

    This is the sixth annual conference hosted by the ITD. The keynote address, “The Spaces of Irish Theatre”, will be delivered by Christopher Morash of NUI Maynooth.

    The conference is funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Registration is free but places are limited.

    See the timetable and registration information at the Irish Theatrical Diaspora website.

    Skibbereen and Canada to host Famine Memorial events

    Thursday, January 8th, 2009

    This year’s National Famine Memorial Day will be held on May 17th. The date has been announced by the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Eamon O Cuiv.

    Skibbereen, Co. Cork will be the focal point of this year’s commemoration in Ireland, while there will also be an international event taking place in Toronto. Skibbereen was selected as it was one of the worst affected areas; a mass grave at Abbeystrewery holds between 8,000 and 10,000 famine victims.

    The National Famine Commemoration Committee was established last year, and had decided to hold an annual event, revolving between each of the four provinces. Last year’s event was in Dublin, and in 2010 Mayo will be the focal point.

    The committee will also run a parallel event in Canada; Canada was a landing point for thousands of Irish fleeing starvation. The overseas commemoration reflects the role of the famine in dispersing the Irish people, as the population fell from 8 million in 1841 to half that in the following decades.

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    Children and migration: Cork, April 2008

    Monday, January 28th, 2008

    The Marie Curie Migrant Children Research team at the Department of Geography, University College Cork will host “Children and Migration: identities, mobilities, and belonging(s)” from April 9 to 11, 2008.

    Organisers are aiming to provide an integrated and interdisciplinary forum for discussion of recent research and policy developments from a wide range of perspectives, with a common focus on children’s own experiences of and perspectives on migration, diaspora and transnationalism.

    More than 80 papers will be presented by researchers from over 20 countries across a variety of disciplines. Papers, lectures, panel discussions and posters will include topics such as transnational childhoods, children and the asylum system, second generation youth, diversity and education, multilingualism, and children’s rights. The event is funded by a Marie Curie Excellence Grant.

    Keynote speakers will be Katy Gardner of the University of Sussex on “Diasporic childhood: transglobal children in east London”, and Jill Rutter of the UK’s Institute for Public Policy Research on “Changing patterns of child international migration in Europe: challenges for research, public policy and practice”.

    See the conference website.

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