Academic Member of Moore Institute receives IRC award

Performance, Nation and Globalization: Modern Irish Drama and its International Contexts

Dr. Patrick Lonergan of the School of Humanities and the Moore Institute has been awarded funding by the Irish Research Council (IRC) (formerly the Irish Research Council for the Humanities & Social Sciences) for a collaborative grant on 'Performance, Nation and Globalization: Modern Irish Drama and its International Contexts'

This project proposes a new approach to the study of drama in an international context. It argues that when Irish theatre travels abroad, it becomes part of a system of national ‘performances' that enact ideas about nation before a global audience. Those performances include state-sponsored activities such as nation-branding and tourism development, and cultural activities like sport and traditional music. These activities should not be seen not as self-contained representations of Irishness, but as interlinking and (sometimes) mutually-reinforcing performances of Irishness.

The project develops models for understanding and historicising these performance, and maps and theorises the systemic relationship between them.

See Patrick's personal webpage for more information http://www.nuigalway.ie/english/patrick_lonergan.html