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Black Irish Contemporary Cultural Production and Social Processes


Friday 23 September 2022

A black and white photograph of a black man lying down with a hand on his bare chest and a hand palm up placed on the pillow beside his head.

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) and Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute 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.

Schedule & Contributors

9:15 – 9:45 | Registration and Tea/Coffe

9:55 – 10:35 | Welcoming & Introduction Session
Dr Georgina Jackson, Director of The Douglas Hyde
Dr Linda Doyle, Provost of Trinity College Dublin
Dr Phil Mullen, Assistant Professor of Black Studies, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin
Dr Alice Rekab, Artist

10:35 – 12:10 | Panel I: Heritage and Identity
Henrique J. Paris, Artist
Marianne Keating, Artist and Researcher
Ingrid Lyons, Writer
Dr John Wilkins, Writer and Researcher

12:10 – 12:30 | Tea/Coffe Break

12:30 – 14:10 | Panel II: Migration and Culture
Chinedum Muotto, Artist
Thaís Muniz, Artist
Ishmael Claxton, Artist
Victory Nwabu-Ekeoma, Writer, Creative Producer, and Global Health Researcher

14:30 – 15:15 | Lunch

15:15 – 16:00 | Workshop (Group I)
Samantha Brown, Artist

16:15 – 17:00 | Workshop (Group II)
Samantha Brown, Artist

18:00 – 21:30 | Culture Night 2022 Programme
Dr Alice Rekab, Artist
Dr Georgina Jackson, Director, of The Douglas Hyde
E the Artist, Artist
DJ Lychee, Artist
Julia Louise Knifefist, Artist
S.E.M.I., Artist
Ahmed, With Love, Artist



Address and Contact

Address and Contact

The Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art
Nassau Street
Trinity College
Dublin 2

+ 353 (0)1 896 1116


The Douglas Hyde is centrally located in Dublin city. Find us just inside the Nassau Street entrance to the historic campus of Trinity College Dublin at the bottom of Dawson Street. The Douglas Hyde is well serviced by public transport links.


Physical Access: The Douglas Hyde, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute and The Irish Art Research Centre (TRIARC) are situated on the campus of Trinity College, the University of Dublin. The three spaces are accessible to wheelchair users.

Toilets:  The Douglas Hyde, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute and The Irish Art Research Centre (TRIARC) have accessible toilets and gender-neutral toilets.

Accessible Symposium Resources: Large print format Symposium Programmes will be available to request at The Douglas Hyde registration desk. Presentations containing film and/or audio will have a written transcript, which will be available to request at The Douglas Hyde registration desk. Film works will also include captions wherever possible. Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpretation is available on request.

If you have access needs that are not listed above, would like any other resources, or have further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always interested to learn what more we can do to improve our services and facilities and to support you and your participation in the Symposium. Email our Learning and Engagement Curator, Fernando Sánchez-Migallón Cano at or call: +353 1 896 1116






The Symposium is partially funded by The Trinity Equality Fund.

The Symposium is supported by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin.