Aileen Dillane, University of Limerick | Newberry

Aileen Dillane, University of Limerick

Friday, April 22, 2022

3-5 pm CDT

In person at the Newberry Library

Irish Studies Seminar

Reimagining ‘Irishness’ in the time of Covid19 & Black Lives Matter:Temple Bar Tradfest and Ireland in Music 2020,Aileen Dillane, University of Limerick

The representation of Black Irish artists on TV, radio and online platforms increased in Ireland in 2020. A locally inflected Black Lives Matters movement and a growing awareness of the work of Black intellectuals and creatives was heightened within an extensive period of Covid19 protocols, when all live and in-person performance events and festivals were cancelled. This paper examines role of Black Irish performers in the Dublin-based, traditional music festival, Temple Bar Tradfest. Its recalibrated online format and one-hour, syndicated TV special, Ireland in Music, presented a more inclusive definition of ‘Irishness’ that invites critical reflection.

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free, but all participants must register in advance and space is limited. To register and request a copy of the pre-circulated paper, click here. Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.