Reading Place Workshop

11am-1pm Wednesday 12 April

MS 2074

‘Reading place as it passes’ – with Dr Niamh NicGhabhann

This workshop will explore the different ways that images, maps, texts, performances and festivals ‘read’ place. The session will begin with a 30-minute presentation which will range from Maeve Brennan’s New Yorker columns to 17th maps of Limerick city, and will circle back again to the Trinity campus, and the tale of a missing fiddler under the campanile. Workshop attendees are invited to bring an object, an image or a piece of text relating to a place with them, for use in the interactive workshop, and to email Rosie Lavan (at lavanro@tcd.ie) to confirm their attendance and briefly describe what they will be bringing to the session. This workshop will focus on the ways in which maps, texts and objects can provide and provoke new ways of interpreting and reading place.

Niamh NicGhabhann is a lecturer at the University of Limerick, and course director of the MA Festive Arts programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. She is currently working on a research project exploring the construction of the urban Roman Catholic landscape in Ireland, 1830-1930. Her research interests also include the dynamics of urban public space, festivity, cultural entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary research practices. Her monograph, Medieval Ecclesiastical Buildings in Ireland, 1789-1915 – Building on the Past was published by Four Courts Press in 2015.

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