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Black Irish Contemporary Cultural Production and Social Processes

Friday 23 September 2022

A photograph of a large group of people standing and sitting on the floor, looking in the same direction.

About the Symposium

Coinciding with the multiplatform project FAMILY LINES by artist Alice Rekab, The Douglas Hyde in collaboration with the School of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin (Black Studies Programme) will present a one day public Symposium titled Black Irish Contemporary Cultural Production and Social Processes. The FAMILY LINES Project examines legacies of migration within Black and mixed-race culture in Ireland, in particular strategies of survival within the family unit. It asks the questions of who belongs, how we come to belong and who is excluded? At a time when questions of race, place and belonging are central to both cultural and political progress. The Symposium aims to raise awareness on equality issues and celebrate diversity by exploring these themes with a focus on the multiple avenues of Black Irish Cultural production as a site of memory, heritage, homage and legacy. It also aims to explore social processes involved in the generation and circulation of cultural forms, practices, values, and shared understandings.

Call for participants

Open to all disciplines, genres and methodologies this symposium will welcome experimental presentations from researchers, academics and art practitioners with an emphasis on providing opportunities for early career researchers, academics and art practitioners on all facets of Black Irish Contemporary Cultural production.

The symposium especially seeks presenters from under-represented groups, and encourages submissions from postgraduate students, early career researchers, and specialists without traditional academic posts or background.


All submissions can be made here. This form will ask you to include basic personal information, submission format (lecture, workshop, performance, etc.), title, abstract (250 words), and bio (100 words).

The deadline for submissions is Friday 29 July 2022.

The submissions will be reviewed by the organising committee and presenters will be notified of the outcome in early August.

If you have any queries, please contact the conference organisers here.

Partners & Supportes

The symposium is partially funded The Trinity Equality Fund.

The organising committee is Dr Philomena Mullen (Trinity College Dublin), Dr Alice Rekab (artist), Dr Fernando Sánchez-Migallón Cano (The Douglas Hyde).