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1916 Rising conference to take place in Dublin

The conference will examine the visual elements of the Easter Rising – from flags to national symbols – and examine identity and memory.

A poster from the performances that weres scheduled to take place at the Abbey Theatre on the day of the 1916 rising
A poster from the performances that weres scheduled to take place at the Abbey Theatre on the day of the 1916 rising
Image: Leon Farrell Photocall Ireland.

FASCINATING ASPECTS OF the 1916 Rising will be explored at a conference in Dublin this April.

With the centenary of the Easter Rising just three years away, Joanna Brück of University College Dublin and Lisa Godson of the National College of Art and Design/GradCAM have organised Object Matters: Making 1916, which will take place at the Wood Quay venue in Dublin’s Civic Offices on 26 and 27 April.

Dr Brück recently undertook an archaeological dig in St Stephen’s Green for remnants of trenches that were believed to have been built by the rebels during the rising.

The aim of the event is to showcase the new and exciting research on visual and material culture of the 1916 Rising, looking at the origins of the tricolour, Celtic Revival dress, the politics of commemoration, how 1916 is displayed in museums, Volunteer uniforms, prison art and more.

The three main speakers at the event will be:

  • Nicholas Allen (University of Georgia) – on ‘Lost city of the archipelago: Dublin at the end of empire’
  • Pat Cooke (University College Dublin) – on ‘Aetheriality and materiality: material culture and the myth of 1916′
  • Mary E Daly (University College Dublin) – on ’1916 as the national commemoration?  The paradox’


The event will look at the Rising from many different aspects, including some that people may not have considered before, and looks at them through the perspective of visual and material culture. Scholars from a range of disciplines – including archaeology, film studies, history, anthropology, museum studies, art history, literary studies and design history – will all meet to speak at the conference.

Themes will include the materialisation of memory; the meaning of place; the creation of national symbols; text as material culture; and representing the Rising in art and film.

Tickets (€20 unwaged/€40 waged) for the conference can be booked online at the official website.

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