Outline schedule of

Making Memory: material and visual culture of commemoration in Ireland since 1800

National Gallery of Ireland and NCAD, 13-15 October, 2016

For abstracts please see here

Final programme may be subject to minor changes



9:30 Registration

Morning Lecture Aislinn O’Donnell (Maynooth University) The storytelling of things: new materialisms and the question of commemoration

Morning Panel: Modes of remembering Bernard Kelly (U. Edinburgh) The cult of collecting: militaria and material culture of conflict in Ireland/Mary Ann Bolger (DIT) When words are not enough: meaning and materiality in commemorative lettering/Vukasin Nedeljkovic (DIT) Creating the Asylum Archive/Verena Commins (NUI Galway) Monumentalising traditional music

Lunchtime Lecture: Gerry Kearns (Maynooth University) Commodification and Postcolonial Memory

Afternoon Panel: Material memory in Ireland, 1875-1925 Claudia Kinmonth (NUI Galway) Souvenirs of Irish material culture: symbolism on early peat postcards and carved bog oak/Niamh NicGhabhann (U. Limerick) Building identity – historical narratives, rituals and the construction of the Roman Catholic urban landscape, 1880-1900/Kathryn Milligan (National Gallery of Ireland) Painting commemoration: the visual and material culture of the O’Connell Centenary, 1875/Roisin Kennedy (UCD) Hugh Lane: mausoleum or museum?

Afternoon Break Hosted by the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art

Afternooon Performance Brian Hand and Orla Ryan (IT Carlow) Commemoration and reverse engineering – a visual performance lecture about the controversial invention of the Irish Wolfhound

Afternoon Lecture Nicholas Allen (U. Georgia) Sketches, scrapbooks and broadsides: Jack Yeats and the assembly of memory 



9.30   Welcome

Morning Lecture Dominic Bryan (QUB) The politics of commemoration: history, ritual and symbol in Northern Ireland

Morning Panel: Materializing the memory of ‘the Troubles’ Catherine Harper (U. Chichester) Bloody Sunday’s Bloody Flag/ Louise Purbrick (U. Brighton) Selling Long Kesh on Ebay/ Andres Besoli (U. Barcelona) The public memory of The Troubles: opportunities and dilemmas from the perspective of the Didactics of Heritage/ Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth (U. Leeds) The Clinton Centre: A visual commemoration of private grief/ Laura McAtackney (U. Aarhus) The limitations of materializing meaning in Northern Ireland: archaeological insights into curating the troubling remnants of conflicts

Lunchtime Lecture Brian Crowley (Curator of Pearse Museum, Chair of the Irish Museums Association) 1916 in the museums of 2016 – an overview

Afternoon Panel 1: Commemoration in the Museum (convened by Irish Museums Association) Lar Joye (NMI) The Great War at the National Museum of Ireland/Helen O’Carroll (Kerry County Museum) A tale of two boats: a lesser known Casement controversy/Elizabeth Crooke (U. Ulster) The intertwining of material culture with the political processes of conflict commemoration/Brenda Malone (NMI) Material amnesia and the historical collections of the National Museum of Ireland

Afternoon Break Hosted by the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art

Afternoon Panel 2: The Material Culture of Modern Memory Emily Mark Fitzgerald (UCD) Famine Memory and its industries: a social history of remembrance/Marguerite Helmers (U. Wisconsin) Autograph albums of Irish Republican prisoners, 1916-1923/Kayla Rose (U. Bath Spa) Born in Dublin, bound in Ulster: the ‘Carson Testimonial’ and the commemoration of unionism in Northern Ireland, 1912-1924


Evening Lecture, followed by wine reception [Venue: Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street] Guy Beiner (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) The making of authentic vernacular memory




Morning Lecture Annie Fletcher (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven) Historicity and memory in contemporary art practice

Morning Panel: Commemorating ‘difficult’ histories in Twentieth-Century Ireland Kenneth L Shonk (U. Wisconsin) Memory is a rather fleeting sense: Fianna Fáil, Pathé Films, and the suppression of Ireland’s celluloid history/John Borgonovo (NUI Cork) The exile, death and repatriation of Fr Dominic O’Connor, 1922-58

Screening: Armagh Stories: Voices from the Gaol (Dir. Cahal McLaughlin, 2016) introduced by Professor Aislinn O’Donnell

Lunchtime Panel: art practice and memory in post-conflict Ireland Declan Long (NCAD) Beyond Local Solutions: the plural contexts of Willie Doherty’s post-conflict photographs/Caoimhin McGiolla Leith (UCD) Animating the archive: the films of Duncan Campbell/Tina Kinsella (IADT/TCD) Reconsidering 1916: embodiment, memory and relational affect in Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones’ In the Shadow of the State


Lunch by Luncheonette, hosted by NCAD




SUNDAY 16.10.16

A number of Open House Dublin tours have been organized to link with the theme of the conference, including a historic tour of gay Dublin led by archivist and activist Tonie Walsh, and The Materiality of Conflict, 1913-23 led by archaeologist Franc Myles. These need to be booked separately from the conference; the OHD booking system opens on 9th September. Please see