2022 IRISH Seminar: "1922"


Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies

IRISH Seminar

Connemara | Dublin 

4-18 June, 2022.

1922 marked the final stages of the Irish revolutionary period. The year commenced with the ratification of the Anglo-Irish Treaty and the handover of power from Dublin Castle to the Provisional Government of Ireland and was followed by the outbreak of a bloody civil war lasting almost a year. The establishment of the Irish Free State in December 1922 and, with it, the consolidation of the partition of Northern Ireland brought the tumultuous year to a close. It was a year that saw the collapse of the British administration in southern Ireland and the transfer of sovereignty to a new, yet divided, order. 

Efforts to establish and legitimise the new administration included the World Congress of the Irish Race or Aonach na nGaedeal in Paris  in January, 1922, during which international delegates were brought together to coordinate support for the Irish State. Alongside discussions on Irish affairs, delegates attended performances of Irish music, theatre, and an exhibition of Irish art. Meanwhile, James Joyce was preparing to publish his masterpiece, Ulysses, in the very same city a couple of weeks later – an event unrelated to  such displays of cultural diplomacy.   

The IRISH Seminar 2022 will bring together graduate students and distinguished scholars to reflect on 1922 as a seminal year of state formation and one in which the culture and values of the nascent nation were showcased. The programme will also mark the centenary of the publication of Ulysses by James Joyce in a series of public talks.

One hundred years on, this seminal moment in Irish history remains controversial, and so we must ask: How do we make sense of these divisions? What is the legacy of such violent division? How can we make sense of the violence that ensued? How have these events been remembered? What is the role of commemoration?

Finally, scholars will be asked to consider visions for the Ireland of the next one hundred years. The centenary year offers an opportunity to reflect on the Ireland of today and the issues that face Irish society and, importantly, to imagine new and inclusive futures.

For more information, please contact Dr. Julian Dean, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies (jdean6@nd.edu).