Perspectives on Tim Robinson

Perspectives on Tim Robinson


Professor Nicholas Allen


Next year is the 25th anniversary of the first publication of Tim Robinson's Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage. This affords a unique opportunity to celebrate him and his work. The Atlantic Archipelagos Research Project (AARP) has therefore assembled a number of experts who engage sensitively with TR's writing and cartography. They have been invited to an informal gathering with Tim and his wife Mairead to discuss his work while he is Visiting Parnell Fellow at the University of Cambridge (2011), a meeting that will be followed by a more formal context of a conference - perhaps more properly described as a celebration - to be hosted by the Moore Institute, NUIG, and leading eventually to a published collection of essays.

‘Perspectives on Tim Robinson' is the first AARP case study, and will, we hope, exemplify the rich and complex relationships between literature and other forms of cultural expression and environmental thinking. Further case studies will be developed through a succession of networked activities over the next few years. Our aim throughout will be to co-ordinate these activities with public impact through funding applications, rolling workshops with guest speakers (podcast), conferences (with a public dimension), a publication timetable, and, where appropriate, political engagement. We will be disseminating our findings through a wide variety of outputs that would reach both academic and popular readerships (joint-authored books, articles and op eds, interviews, web-based publication). We will prioritize the involvement of policy-makers and aim to contribute to debates on national and regional identity within the Archipelago and in Europe. Our horizon includes engagement with international colleagues to establish a world-class specialism in the study and research of ‘archipelago' as a creative, intellectual, and political concept.

The British Academy has awarded a grant of �7498 towards this project, which is also generously supported by St John's College, Cambridge; Magdalene College, Cambridge; the Moore Institute, NUIG; and ECLIPSE (University of Exeter Centre for Literatures of Identity, Place, and Sustainability).