Parades, Pageants, Performances: Examining Contemporary Irish Identity / IRST 398X (3 credits)
Prof. Emer O'Toole / Tuesday, Thursday 14:45-16:00
When you think of Irish culture, what comes to mind? Green beer, leprechaun hats and marching bands? Riverdance, Gaelic games and traditional music sessions? Or does Irishness conjure up images of sectarian violence, troubled histories and religious conservatism? Ireland is a nation in which the traditional and the cosmopolitan sometimes sit uncomfortably alongside one another. Add to this the multiple forms of Irishness that exist in migrant communities, and it can be difficult to articulate what might constitute contemporary Irish identity at all. This course examines performances of Irishness – from the St. Patrick’s Day parade here in Montréal to alternative queer beauty pageants in Dublin, from history-making Irish political speeches to modern day feminist and anti-capitalist street protests – to address questions of cultural identity, cultural authenticity and cultural evolution. Using insights from the exciting field of performance studies, it encourages students to come to an embodied and emotional, as well as intellectual and rational, understanding of what it means to perform politics, to perform ethics, to perform gender, to perform change, and, of course, to perform Irishness.
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What: 22nd Season of the Cine Gael Montreal Irish Film Series, Opening Film - "Life's A Breeze"
When: Saturday, January 25th, 7:15 p.m.
Where: DeSeve Cinema, Concordia University, 1400 de Maisonneuve West, ground floor.
More info: www.cinegaelmontreal.com
The School of Canadian Irish Studies, formerly the Centre for Canadian Irish Studies, was created with the joint financial support of Concordia University and the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation. The academic programs of the School focus on Ireland’s complex history and rich culture, as well as the contribution of Irish immigrants in all regions of Canada to the social, cultural, economic, religions, educational and political life of the country. Usually, fifteen or more courses are offered annually in subjects such as History, Literature, Film, Music, Economics, Language, Theatre, Popular Culture, Theology, Irish Studies, Political Science and Geography. But this multidisciplinary area of study goes beyond its obvious concerns with Irish matters to explore wider academic issues related to cultural nationalism, linguistic preservation, rebellion and civil war, partition and political re-alignment, national affiliation and sectarian identities, changing gender roles, famine, emigration and immigrant integration and settlement. Irish Studies, therefore, offers case studies for a range of issues that are pertinent for students from a wide spectrum of academic disciplines.