Monday, 13 November 2017

Orlando Furioso, cinema and the challenge of fiction

Since C. S. Lewis famously compared Tolkien’s imagination to Ariosto’s on the blurb of the first edition of The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), the linking between Orlando Furioso, Tolkien’s trilogy, and cinema can easily be established and would prove a fruitful one. This paper will explore Orlando Furioso’s presence in film productions from the 1980s with the aim to investigate further the suitability of Ariosto’s masterpiece to contemporary fiction-making processes. 

 Stefano Jossa is Reader in Italian Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has authored books on Ariosto (La fantasia e la memoria. Intertestualità ariostesche, Liguori 1996; Ariosto, il Mulino 2009), the Italian Renaissance (Rappresentazione e scrittura. La crisi delle forme poetiche rinascimentali (1540-1560), Vivarium 1996; La fondazione di un genere. Il poema eroico tra Ariosto e Tasso, Carocci 2001) and Italian national identity expressed through literarture (L'Italia letteraria, il Mulino, 2006; Un paese senza eroi. L'Italia da Jacopo Ortis a Montalbano, Laterza, 2013). In 2017 he hold the De Sanctis Chair at the Polytechnic (ETH) of Zurich (Switzerland) and was Visiting Professor at the Università degli Studi di Parma (Italy).   

Location: The Bridge, Hardiman Research Building    
Time: 11-1pm

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Danny Diamond & Conor Caldwell

Danny Diamond is a fiddle player, composer, researcher and recording engineer based in Dublin. In his music Danny creates a unique sound-world, rooted in the rich heritage of Irish traditional music, while also incorporating wider influences from Nordic and American folk to Baroque music to electronic music. Danny has been collaborating with Belfast fiddle player and lecturer, Conor Caldwell on a number of creative and academic projects in recent years. Conor is a PhD graduate of Queen’s University and is known for his work with the traditional music group, Craobh Rua. For their critically acclaimed duet album, NORTH, Conor and Danny seamlessly blend their shared Northern musical heritage with the fruits of further-afield musical adventures to create a landmark contemporary Irish fiddle recording. NORTH was nominated for the Irish Times Traditional Album of the Year in 2016.

Location: The Cube    
Time: 1 - 2 pm

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Contemporary Jazz

Featuring Mike Nielsen on Guitar, Matthew Berrill on Saxophone and Clarinet and Derek Whyte on Double Bass, this trio will play jazz standards drawn from the Great American Songbook. They will also include a number of Swing Classics which will feature Swing Dancing as part of this performance. From Sligo and of Danish heritage, Mike Nielsen is a renowned Musician, Composer and Educator who initiated and coordinates the Masters in Jazz Performance Degree programme at the Dublin Institute of Technology. The Irish Times describes him as: “the most gifted and original guitarist here….” Joining him are two jazz musicians who are active in Ireland, the UK and further afield - Galwegian, Matthew Berrill and Dubliner, Derek Whyte.

Location: The Cube    
Time: 1 - 2 pm

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Public Lecture: Informality & Labour Markets—Blurring Lines of Formal and Informal Economy

Speaker(s): Prof Jeemol Unni

Affiliation: Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad

Organised by: Centre for Global Women’s Studies, Gender ARC and the Whitaker Institute 

Co-organised by the Centre for Global Women’s Studies, Gender ARC and the Whitaker Institute, Professor Jeemol Unni of Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad, will be at NUI Galway and leading a public seminar on November 2.

The seminar will be followed by a reception at Friar’s in the Cairnes Building at 5:15.

The link between formality and informality in the labour market, especially with the growth of varying types of self-employment, is an issue of long debate. In this talk, recent literature highlighting the integration of labour markets between formal and informal and wage and self-employment will be discussed. Comparative examinations of China and India will be presented to understand the outcomes of this integration in terms of convergence of returns to education in the formal and informal sectors.

Additionally, the talk will explore the hot topic of debate and policy formulation in recent times: formalizing the informal economy. Specifically, the issue of the blurring line between formal and informal economies in the new context of the platform, or gig-, economy and how it is a growing challenge in countries across the globe. How to address this challenge will be discussed, drawing on the Indian debate on formalization and providing examples of recent efforts in India to overcome the formal/informal divide.

Jeemol Unni is Professor of Economics at Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad. She was Director at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and earlier RBI Chair Professor of Economics at IRMA. She holds a PhD in Economics and M.Phil in Applied Economics. She was a post-doctoral Fellow at Economic Growth Center, Yale University. She was an International Labour Organisation Consultant and Senior Advisor to the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector, Government of India. She is a Director of BoG, Women in Informal Employment and Globalising and Organising global advocacy group for informal workers and enterprises, UK.

 Prof Unni is a specialist in labour economics and is currently working on the changing geographies of labour in urban India and the multiple manifestations of informalisation in the labour market. She also works on issues related to gender and higher education

 

Location: Aras Moyola Lecture Hall 2/MY129, NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland    
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Lyric Theatre Archive featuring Theatre and Film Actress Stella McCusker

The Lyric Theatre Archive in association with the James Hardiman Library, featuring theatre and film actress Stella McCusker with special guests: 

  • Actor Seamus O'Hara from Belfast reading Seamus Heaney’s Station Island with Uilleann Piper Padraig Keane.
  • Stella McCusker, one of Ireland’s leading actresses, will read extracts from stories and poems published in Threshold literary journal, first published by the Lyric Theatre in 1957. The journal provided an important literary outlet for new writing in Northern Ireland for over four decades. Extracts will include work from Mary Beckett, Brian Friel, Elizabeth Walsh, Mary Lavin, Thomas Kinsella, Seamus Heaney and others.
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Location: On Campus, O'Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance     
Time: 1 - 2 pm

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Lunchtime Performance

Louise and Michelle Mulcahy from Abbeyfeale in Co. Limerick play a dazzling array of instruments between them but it’s the sweetness and tunefulness of their ensemble playing that is most striking. They have an unmistakable, infectious sound and their skill and enthusiasm comes from a lifetime of playing together. Their latest family album titled The Reel Note recorded with their father Mick has received worldwide acclaim and was awarded, ‘Album of the Year’ by Tradconnect in 2017. Louise and Michelle were also recently voted ‘Female Musicians of the Year’ at the Live Ireland Music Awards 2017.

Location: Cube, Áras Na Mac Léinn     
Time: 1 - 2 pm

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The Inter-Generational Distribution of Public Expenditures

Professor Cathal O’Donoghue is the Dean of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies. He is a UCC graduate, a statistician and economist by training, with post graduate degrees from the universities of Oxford and Warwick, UCD and the London School of Economics. His personal research programme involves the development and use of policy simulation models, for which he holds a Chair at the University of Maastricht, as well as an adjunct position in UCD. Cathal has specific interests in generational equity, intergenerational transfers and the impact of budgetary policy on differences across the life course and across cohorts. He has published over 150 research papers, four books and supervised over 25 PhD students to completion. He has been an advisor to many international organisations and was a long-term advisor to the British Government’s Department of Work and Pensions on policy modelling earlier in his career.

Location: Room g006, ILAS    
Time: 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Jane Brazil & Tiffany Qiu

Arts in Action in collaboration with Music for Galway and SAP present a series of International Lunchtime Concerts. 

These two young performers have impressed pianists like Finghin Collins, Cédric  Tiberghien and Joanna MacGregor. We are delighted to give them their Galway debut.

Jane Brazil, born in 2000, studies piano with Thérèse Fahy at the RIAM where she has been on scholarship since the age of six. This year Jane was selected for the Dublin International Piano Competition Finlay Programme and the RIAM Young Scholars Programme. She has participated in masterclasses with Leif Ove Andsnes, Joanna MacGregor and Finghin Collins.

16-year old Tiffany Qiu is currently studying with Professor Thérèse Fahy in the RIAM where she has been winning continuous scholarships ever since. She gave her first solo recital for the Dublin Philharmonic Society at the age of thirteen. She has also performed concerti under the baton of Finghin Collins, James Cavanagh and Uri Segal. Tiffany has won many prizes including First in the Feis Ceoil Patricia Read Cup 2017 and Second in the César Franck International Piano Competition 2016.

Location: The Cube    
Time: 1 - 2 pm

Friday, 29 September 2017

“My Story, My Words: Language and Migration”

“My Story, My Words: Language and Migration” will take place at NUI Galway.

This event, organised by Dr. Anne O'Connor and Dr. Andrea Ciribuco, will bring together academics from different European countries, migrants, performers, NGO workers, and various cultural mediators and activists to talk about the language journeys of migrants.

Location: Hardiman Research Building Room G010    
Time: 9:00

Monday, 22 May 2017

Policy Lab Seminar

The first Policy Lab seminar takes place on Tuesday 23rd May in Room 207, Arts Millennium Building.

Tareq Abuelhaj “Cost effectiveness of food voucher transfers: exploiting the cash-out puzzle in Iraq”

Location: Room 207, AMB    
Time: 9:00

Thursday, 23 March 2017

NUI Galway Cultural Collaborations in Europe

Galway 2020 European

The Yoik - Ancient Tradition of the Sami People

The Sami people also known as Lapps or Laplanders are an indigenous Finno-Ugric People inhabiting the
Artic area of Sapmi which today encompasses parts of Northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola
Peninsula of Russia. The Yoik is a unique form of cultural expression of the Sami people. It is comparable
to the traditional chanting of the native Americans and according to some music researchers one of the
longest living traditions of Europe.

Arts in Action in Semester 2 2017 are introducing the best known yoiker in Northern Finland Ulla Pirttijarvi-Lansman with her daughter Hilda Lansman.

Sami

This is the first phase of a three year programme of collaborations between Artists from Indigenous cultures
in Norway, Sweden and Finland with indigenous culture from the West of Ireland and specifically Galway.
The Lunchtime concert will feature Ulla and Hilda with a selection of Yoiks and some beautiful traditional
music from the uilleann piper Mickey Dunne who is a descendent of the Irish Travellers and one of the
great exponents of the Traveller piping tradition. Anitra – Arkko Saukkonen from the Lapland University of
Applied Sciences will show a selection of historical art work during the performances.

In the evening at 6pm at the Moore Institute there will be a talk on: whether Art can be geographically
determined by Professor Jaana Erkkila and a talk on: Sami Art from Professor Tuija Hautala- Hirvioja,
both from the University of Lapland Finland. There will be shared singing of Yoik songs and sean nós singing
and a reception hosted by the International Affairs.

Location: The Cube    
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Third Annual Jean Ritchie Lecture

The third Annual Jean Ritchie Lecture is delivered by Professor Henry Glassie, Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana, on Thursday February 2nd in The Cube, from 1 - 2 p.m.

The subject of the lecture is the Southern Mountain Music of Ola Belle Reed and the descendants of Ola Belle’s legacy from his newly published book in collaboration with Clifford R Murphy and Doughlas Dowling Peach.

‌‌‌‌Henry Glassie2Henry Glassie, recently retired College Professor of Folklore at Indiana University, has received many awards for his work, including the Chicago Folklore Prize, the Haney Prize in the Social Sciences, the Cummings Award of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, the Kniffen and Douglas awards of the Pioneer America Society, the Nigerian Studies Association Book Prize, and formal recognition for his contributions from the ministries of culture of Turkey and Bangladesh. Three of his works have been named among the notable books of the year by The New York Times.

In 2010, he was given the American Folklore Society’s award for a lifetime of scholarly achievement, and he received the prestigious Charles Homer Haskins Prize of the American Council of Learned Societies in 2011; the award honors a “scholarly career of distinctive importance,” and Glassie is the first folklorist to be so honored.

Location: The Cube    
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Caoimhín Ó Fearghail

An Déiseach Ceolmhar

Location: The Cube    
Time: February 4th, 1 - 2pm

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Arts in Action Returns

Arts in Action returns with a 'Welcome Concert' featuring the classical Pianist RAMIN HAGHJOO

Ramin Haghjoo

Our first lunchtime concert of 2016 - and we are very excited about it!

The AULA (upper), 1 - 2pm, January 21st. Admission FREE

Please join us at 1pm in the Aula Maxima for a performance by pianist Ramin Haghjoo, who will be joined by the Choral Scholars under the direction of Mark Duley.

The program will begin with four pieces for piano by the early-20th century Russian composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff. The first three pieces are firmly entrenched in death and darkness, but the final piece of the set shines a ray of hope, which will be picked up by the Choral Scholars, who will sing two angelic psalm settings by Mendelssohn and Schubert. The program will close with Vallée d'Obermann by the 19th-century Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, a lengthy piece based on the novel of the same name, which strives to depict the struggle between light and darkness through our inward feelings and Nature.'

Etude-Tableau in A minor, op. 39, no. 2 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
Etude-Tableau in E-flat minor, op. 39, no. 5 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
Prelude in B minor, op. 32, no. 10 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
Prelude in D major, op. 23, no. 4 - Sergei Rachmaninoff

Lift Thine Eyes (from Elijah) - Felix Mendelssohn
Psalm 23 - Franz Schubert

Vallée d'Obermann - Franz Liszt

Location: AULA MAXIMA (upstairs!)    
Time: 1pm -2pm

Friday, 16 June 2017

1916 in Global Context: Connections and Comparisons

The purpose of this conference is to explore the significance of Ireland’s Easter Rising and other revolutionary events in the year 1916 in the context of growing challenges to the global imperial system. Our aim is to test the hypothesis that the Irish revolutionary generation was embedded in a range of global transnational networks and that the Rising itself has parallels with other revolutionary events around the world in 1916. The Easter Rising took place during a period of global revolutionary transformations that are often overshadowed by the 1917 Russian Revolution. These include the Mexican Revolution, the Arab Revolt, the Basmachi Revolt, as well as street protests and food riots in European cities.

 

The following scholars have already committed to giving papers on their fields of expertise: Nicola Miller (Latin America); Jonathan Hyslop (South Africa); Padraic Kenney (Poland); Heike Liebau (Germany); Fatemeh Masjedi (Persia); Filipe de Meneses (Portuguese Empire); Andrew Newby (Finland); Michael Provence (Arab world); Danielle Ross (Central Asia); Vanda Wilcox (Italy).

 

The conference is an initiative of the CITE – the Centre for the Investigation of Transnational Encounters at NUI Galway and forms part of the NUI Galway’s ‘A Nation Rising’ year-long programme of events to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916 .http://www.nuigalway.ie/anationrising/ 

 

Support from the Irish Research Council for this conference is acknowledged.

Location: Moore Institute, NUI Galway    
Time: Thursday, 16 June - Friday, 17 June 2016

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Cumadóiri Ceoil

As Arts in Action draws to a close tomorrow at the Aula Maxima (upstairs!) I would like to invite you - and even try to persuade you - to take 45 minutes on your lunch hour to come and hear the world class musician NEIL MARTIN from Belfast give a short concert. It will lift the spirit and calm the busy minds.

It has been an excellent semester showcasing the best of Northern Irish arts and artists enriching the many academic modules that benefited from the content and the performances from all of the artists

The music that Neil and Rod will perform will draw largely on Neil’s compositions that show something of his work across various genres – from adaptations of his chamber and orchestral scores, to airs and tunes very-much based within the Irish traditional style.

Belfast-born Neil Martin is a composer and musician with an international reputation who enjoys a most varied and rewarding career encompassing dance, theatre, film, television, radio, symphonic concert hall, stage and studio. A cellist and an uilleann piper, he has collaborated with many leading artists, including Liam O’Flynn, Bryn Terfel, Jean Butler, Sam Shepard, Stephen Rea, LSO, RPO, all the principle orchestras in Ireland, Christy Moore, The Dubliners, The Chieftains, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Altan, Shaun Davey, Mary Black and Donal Lunny. In his roles as producer, arranger and musician Neil has contributed to more than a hundred albums and performance venues range from Carnegie Hall to Mostar Bridge, from the Royal Albert Hall to the Palazzo Vecchio. He has scored music for plays on Broadway and in the West End, and his ground-breaking work with the West Ocean String Quartet has been lauded globally.

Location: The Aula, NUIG    
Time: 1pm - lunchtime concert

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

A Winter's Tale

Please join us for a performance of Shakespeare's The Winter’s Tale as adapted and performed by NUI Galway’s 3rd Year Drama, Theatre and Performance students. 

It runs in the Mick Lally Theatre, Druid’s performance space, for three nights: Tuesday, 24 November – Thursday, 26 November. The starting time is 8pm and it will run for a little under an hour. Admission is free and tickets can be had either by emailing thomas.conway@nuigalway.ie –  or on the door. 

Location: Mick Lally Theatre, Druid, Flood Street, Galway    
Time: Tuesday, 24 November – Thursday, 26 November 8 p.m.

Friday, 13 November 2015

TULCA

The annual festival of visual arts, TULCA, runs this year from November 13th to November 29th. NUI Galway plays host to a number of events and a number of staff members from NUI Galway are taking part in the festival. This year’s festival, entitled Seachange, explores issues of climate change and our place in a changing landscape. Through a combination of the real and the imaginary, the exhibiting artists create a collective call for a sea change, literally, in our current climate policies. 

Accompanying the visual art exhibitions and film screenings is a series of talks and discussions entitled Hy-Brasil Dialogues. These talks will be held in the Aula Maxima at NUI Galway on Saturday November 14th and Saturday November 28th, running from 12 noon to 5pm. Geographers, geologists, marine researchers, architects, linguists and artists will explore the complexity of our current environment, both locally and globally and from the perspective of geological time, present-time and future projections. 

Location: Various    
Time: November 13th to November 29th

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Digital Scholarship Seminar

The opening event of the Autumn 2017 series of Digital Scholarship Seminar takes place on Thursday 21 September at 1pm, and features a talk on digital representations of popular early modern poetry collections by Abigail Williams of the University of Oxford. Prof Williams discusses the Digital Miscellanies Index, a Leverhulme-funded online database which can be used to track the changing fortunes of poems, authors and genres in compilations published across the period 1580-1780. As ever, all are welcome.

1pm | Thursday 21 September 2017 | Moore Institute Room G010 | Facebook event page

Abigail Williams (St Peter’s College, University of Oxford)

Laugh and be fat: remapping the literary canon with the Digital Miscellanies Index.

The Digital Miscellanies Index is a Leverhulme-funded online database of popular early modern poetry collections, which can be used to track the changing fortunes of poems, authors and genres in compilations published across the period 1580-1780. As such, it offers a new data-driven reception history for literature of the era. In my talk I will discuss the evolution of the project over a decade, and the kinds of insights it has generated. The scale and range of the evidence collected in the DMI challenges many longstanding assumptions about authorship, anonymity, and reception.  But the project has also involved responding to problems and opportunities unimaginable when it began, and I will also use the talk to consider the changing landscape of digital humanities, and the challenges of creating flexible and sustainable resources.

 Abigail Williams is Professor of English Literature & Lord White Tutorial Fellow at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford. Her current research on eighteenth century literature includes focuses on ways in which books are creatively misread, and on the history of reading aloud in the home. Her new monograph, The Social Life of Books, is a study on the latter topic.

Location: Seminar Room GO10, Ground Floor, Hardiman Research Building    
Time: 1:00 pm

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Digital Scholarship Seminar

The opening event of the Autumn 2017 series of Digital Scholarship Seminar takes place on Thursday 21 September at 1pm, and features a talk on digital representations of popular early modern poetry collections by Abigail Williams of the University of Oxford. Prof Williams discusses the Digital Miscellanies Index, a Leverhulme-funded online database which can be used to track the changing fortunes of poems, authors and genres in compilations published across the period 1580-1780. As ever, all are welcome.

1pm | Thursday 21 September 2017 | Moore Institute Room G010 | Facebook event page

Abigail Williams (St Peter’s College, University of Oxford)

Laugh and be fat: remapping the literary canon with the Digital Miscellanies Index.

The Digital Miscellanies Index is a Leverhulme-funded online database of popular early modern poetry collections, which can be used to track the changing fortunes of poems, authors and genres in compilations published across the period 1580-1780. As such, it offers a new data-driven reception history for literature of the era. In my talk I will discuss the evolution of the project over a decade, and the kinds of insights it has generated. The scale and range of the evidence collected in the DMI challenges many longstanding assumptions about authorship, anonymity, and reception.  But the project has also involved responding to problems and opportunities unimaginable when it began, and I will also use the talk to consider the changing landscape of digital humanities, and the challenges of creating flexible and sustainable resources.

 Abigail Williams is Professor of English Literature & Lord White Tutorial Fellow at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford. Her current research on eighteenth century literature includes focuses on ways in which books are creatively misread, and on the history of reading aloud in the home. Her new monograph, The Social Life of Books, is a study on the latter topic.

Location: Seminar Room GO10, Ground Floor, Hardiman Research Building    
Time: 1:00 pm

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

‘Worlding Women's Work: The Migrant Female Domestic Worker in May-Lan Tan's "Date Night" (2014)’

 ABSTRACT:

Recent developments in postcolonial studies have led to a renewed turn towards materialist approaches and a concomitant interest in ‘world literature.’ This paper explores materialist world literary approaches, which examine how works register, mediate and resist international capitalism in an age of globalization. Specifically, it illustrates the extent to which migratory experiences refract the inequities of the global economy and highlights how diverse female characters navigate and re-make social space in light of such trends. For example, the journey taken by female migrant domestic workers makes visible the material realities of transnational labour flows. May-Lan Tan’s portrayal, in the short story ‘Date Night’ (2014), of an Indonesian maid/nanny working in Hong Kong dramatizes the tense proximity between the beneficiaries and victims of labour’s increasing ‘feminization’. In bringing to life the everyday practices of those operating at society’s fringe, however, Tan demonstrates the extent to which ‘unexpected openings for creative resistance’ can still be found (Marchand and Runyan 2011: xxi).

Location: The Bridge Seminar Room, Hardiman Building    
Time: 1:00–2:00pm