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IMMA Reading Group: Art and the Age of Self-Determination

To register your place please refer to the ‘Registration Details’ section further down this page.

In the lead up to IMMA’s International Research Conference 100 Years of Self-Determination, 9 – 12 November 2022, this reading group will provide an opportunity to discuss some of the key texts and ideas that underpin the conference.

Led by Dr Stephen O’Neill, this reading group will interrogate the idea of ‘self-determination’ as it developed globally and in Ireland over the twentieth century, with a particular focus on how these concepts came to influence literary and artistic expression. Taking in various manifestoes and artworks that responded to the ‘moment of moments’ in the immediate interwar years, as well as the historical events that unfolded in these years, the sessions will question the use and utility of the concept for artists creating work in the age of self-determination.

This reading group will be of particular interest to artists, students, curators, researchers, cultural and political theorists and anyone who has an interest in the history and representation of self-determination.

Texts will be circulated in PDF format in advance of the session. Purchasing texts is not essential to participation but information can be provided on where participants can acquire texts and publications locally if you wish to do so.

For further information or to register contact Dr Stephen O’Neill at [email protected]



SESSION 1: The Moment of Moments?
Saturday 1 October, 12.00noon – 1.300pm (GMT+1)
Texts: Rosa Luxemburg, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, and Woodrow Wilson.

SESSION 2: Manifestoes
Saturday  8 October, 12.00noon – 1.300pm (GMT+1)
Texts: Proclamation of the Irish Republic (1916), BLAST Manifesto (1914), 100 Artists’ Manifestos: From the Futurists to the Stuckists; Katy Deepwell, 50 Feminist Art Manifestos 

SESSION 3: Irish Art
Saturday 15 October, 12.00noon – 1.300pm (GMT+1)
Texts: Róisín Kennedy, Art and the Nation State. The Reception of Modern Art in Ireland (2021); digital reconstruction of 1922 Irish Race Congress, Paris at 

SESSION 4: Worldmaking
Saturday 29 October, 12.00noon – 1.300pm (GMT+1)
Text: Adom Getachow, Worldmaking After Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination (2020)

Registration Details

Registration is essential and reading material and zoom links will be sent following registration.

  • The series is open to anyone with an interest in the art, history and the artistic representation of self-determination.
  • Participation is free.
  • All sessions will take place online via zoom.
  • Places are limited so registration is necessary.
  • No prior knowledge of the subject or art/visual culture is required.
  • Applicants must be available to undertake readings in advance of attending each session.


To register, please title your email ‘IMMA Reading Group: Art and the Age of Self-Determination’ and send the following information to [email protected]

  • Name
  • Contact email address
  • short statement indicating why you wish to attend the reading group
  • Confirm that you are available to read one or two preparatory readings in advance of each session.





Dr Stephen O’Neill is an Irish Research Council Enterprise Postdoctoral Fellow at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Trinity College Dublin. His Irish culture and partition 1920–1955 will be published by Liverpool University Press in 2022. From 2019 to 2020 he was the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. Stephen is a co-convener of IMMA’s International Research Conference 100 Years of Self-determination, 9-12 November 2022.

Dr Lisa Moran is Curator of Engagement and Learning programmes at IMMA and is a co-convener of IMMA’s International Research Conference 100 Years of Self-determination, 9-12 November 2022.