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This major international conference 100 YEARS OF SELF-DETERMINATION took place online and at the Light House Cinema from 9 – 11 November 2022. The programme reflects on 100 years since the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922 and the beginning of the island’s partition.  Featured here are the papers presented by invited keynote speakers and selected researchers, drawn from an open call for papers responding to conference themes.

100 YEARS OF SELF-DETERMINATION conference is part of a three-year initiative culminating in a major exhibition in 2023. Conference papers will inform themes of the exhibition and a forthcoming publication. This provides a valuable resource for IMMA’s 2022 – 2024 programme and anyone interested in themes of self-determination. The programme examines the role of art and artists in exploring the international movement towards self-determination, situating their work within a global context of redrawn imperial power, emerging nation states and independence movements post World War I.

View and listen back to a range talks and discussions and find out more about conference speakers and the papers presented in the programme below.

This conference is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012—2023 and the Irish Research Council.


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Welcome Day 1: Annie Fletcher, Director, IMMA.

Keynote 1: Fearghal McGarry, Professor of Modern Irish History at Queen’s University Belfast. A Vision of Ireland: the revolutionary generation and the struggle for self-determination
Chair: Stephen O’Neill, IMMA/Irish Research Council Enterprise Postdoctoral Fellow.

Keynote 2: Adom Getachew, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. The Universal Race: Self-Determination and Pan-Africanism in the Garveyite Movement. Chair: Annie Fletcher, Director, IMMA.

Welcome and Introduction Day 2: Annie Fletcher, Director, IMMA.

Keynote 3: Jessica Zychowicz,
From The Woman Question to The Ukraine Question: A View of Revolution and War in the Twenty-First Century. Chair: Nathan O’Donnell, IMMA Research Fellow

Keynote 4: Róisín Kennedy, Lecturer in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin. Anything may happen and everything is possible
Chair: Christina Kennedy, Head of Collections, IMMA.

Keynote 5: Lisa Godson, Cultural Historian, Writer, Curator and Director of the MA in Design History and Material Culture at the National College of Art and Design.
Where all art is unknown: self-determination and usable pasts, 1922 and 2022
Chair: Seán Kissane, Curator Exhibitions, IMMA.

Keynote 6: Jasmina Cibic, Artist
Scenographic Backdrops and other Nation-Building Props
Chair: Lisa Godson, Cultural Historian, Writer and Curator.

Panel 1: Political Imaginations
Dónal Hassett
, Lecturer in the French Department, University College Cork.
Diverse Paths to Freedom: Imagining Emancipation in the Algeria of the 1930s.

Erin Hughes, Assistant Professor in Political Science and History at California Statue University Stanislaus.
Art and Atra: Assyrian Depictions of Homeland and Nationhood Through Art and Ethno-Symbolism.

Andris Brinkmanis, Art Critic and Curator, Proletarian Theatre as a Site for Education. Radical pedagogies of Asja Lācis and Walter Benjamin

Chair: Stephen O’Neill, IMMA/Irish Research Council Enterprise Postdoctoral Fellow.

Panel 2: Official Culture
Billy Shorthall, Art Historian and Ryan Gallagher Kennedy Research Fellow, TCD.
Read all about it; art in politics in Civic Publications.

Leah Hilliard, Artist and co-ordinator, lead researchers and writer for the MFA in Digital World at the National College of Art and Design.

Kathleen McKenna and the Irish Bulletin.

Clíodhna Ní Anluain, Artist and Radio Producer.
Pillar Talk

Chair: Lisa Moran, Curator, IMMA.

Panel 3: Visual Culture and the Establishment

Gwen Farrelly, Researcher and Consultant, PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY.Marginalisation through inclusion at MoMA: Exhibitions of art from beyond Western Europe and the United States at the museum, 1929-1952

Timothy Ellis-Dale, Historian and Researcher and self-determination in the Irish Free State Fiona Gannon, Writer, Researcher and Artist The ‘Brain of Europe’: an underdeveloped knowledge economy Chair: Nathan O’Donnell, IMMA Research Fellow.

Panel 4: Comparative Imaginations of Self-determination

Gabriela Lojewska and Philip McEvansoneya
Polish art in Dublin, in peace and war

Marcel Biato, Ambassador
Brazil and Ireland in 1922: Culture and Identity in comparative context
Chair: Seán Kissane, Curator Exhibitions, IMMA.

Panel 5: Life, Art, and Politics
Logan Sisley, Acting Head of Collections, Hugh Lane Gallery
John Lavery’s Self-Determination in the Picturing of Modern Irish History

Stephen Pogany, Emeritus Professor in the School of Law, University of Warick
Competing Narratives of Self-Determination in Transylvania after World War One: The Life and Art of János Thorma.

Varvara Keidan Shavrova, Visual Artist, Curator, Educator and Researcher
Lithuanian artistic and cultural struggle for self-determination as a symbol made relevant by Putin’s war in Ukraine

Chair: Róisín Kennedy, Lecturer in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin.

Researchers’ Panel
John Wilkins, IMMA/IRC Enterprise Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Self-determination; How We Theorise Ourselves

Stephen O’Neill, IMMA/IRC Enterprise Postdoctoral Research Fellow
‘within a given territory’: constructing ‘Ulster’ in the interwar years

Chair: Lisa Moran, Curator, IMMA.

Plenary Panel:
Annie Fletcher, Director, IMMA; Christina Kennedy, Head of Collections, IMMA; Johanne Mullan, Curator Collections, IMMA; Seán Kissane, Curator Exhibitions, IMMA; Nathan O’Donnell, IMMA Research Fellow; Meriç Öner, Curator and Researcher; Lisa Godson, Cultural Historian, Writer and Curator; Paul O’Neill, Curator, Writer, Artist and Educator.


Conference Programme 

 

Conference Programme

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We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June. A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. There are three exhibitions to visit  Hilary Heron: A Retrospective; Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s shop, café and gardens are all open.

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