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[UPDATE] The Future State of Ireland. 17-18 November
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Goldsmiths, University of London
Professor Roy Foster (Oxford)
The Future State of Ireland is an interdisciplinary conference examining cultural responses to the economic crash. The conference will provide an opportunity for leading thinkers and practitioners across different disciplines to come together to discuss artists' and citizens' reactions and resilience in times of crisis and austerity.
At the end of 2010 Ireland became the second European Union (EU) country following Greece to receive a bailout loan from the EU/International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the Irish State reached a point of sovereign insolvency coinciding with the global financial crisis. Once the poster child of globalisation, Ireland is now the poster child of austerity, implementing a program of economic restraint including tax rises and public service funding cuts that curtails the recently found financial freedom in Irish society. In a crisis that is still unfolding, allegations of widespread corruption and cronyism in political and business life and a lack of civil morality in Irish society have emerged.
The Future State of Ireland seeks to examine the repercussions of the crash for an island on the periphery of Europe from a literary and an artistic perspective. Examining cultural responses both pre and post economic meltdown, the conference will explore the possibilities of a new post-crisis Ireland: from the highly visible to the barely perceptible consequences of the crash and austerity, sources and limits of citizen resilience in crisis, the perceived value of cultural responses and active/passive citizenships.
A programme of visual and live art focused on crisis, resilience and endurance will intersect the conference schedule. Featured artists/events include Kennedy Browne and Troubling Ireland.
Topics can include but are not limited to:
Please submit proposals by 1 September 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org to include:
• Name of author and institution (we welcome proposals from independent researchers)
• Website: http://www.thefuturestate.org.uk