Kindred Spirits / Dáimh
The Irish Studies Program at Drew University, in association with the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland, is delighted to announce the fifth annual Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference in Ireland. The theme of this year’s Transatlantic Connections Conference is “Kindred Spirits / Dáimh”. This theme will be explored in an interdisciplinary way across a range of panels, workshops, keynote talks and cultural events.
Our conference model is different from most academic symposia. Our panels are open to the public, and presenters include undergraduate and post-graduate students, academics, professionals and enthusiasts in a variety of cultural pursuits. Fields of Studies for the conference include; History, Cinema and Media, Peace Studies, Architecture and Design, Minority Languages, Irish Language, Sustainability and Ecology, Medical Humanities, Activism and Protest, Literature, Food Studies, and Music Studies.
About the conference
The Transatlantic Connections Conference will be an opportunity to explore cultures and the interactions and intersections between them. The focus of the conference will be on cultures that are “outside the mainstream,” and the goal is to foster a sense of shared kinship and celebration amongst representatives of humanity’s cultural diversity. Our conference model is different from most academic symposia.
The location is in Bundoran, in County Donegal, an incredibly cultural and scenic county, sandwiched between the province of Northern Ireland to the east, the counties of Sligo and Leitrim to the south, and the wild Atlantic Ocean all along the west coast. The North and North West of Ireland is home to many small communities with shared narratives of oppression, division, cultural revival and conflict resolution, and this extraordinarily friendly, beautiful and historic setting provides a unique conference experience for the visiting scholar.
Study Trip and Peace Builder Event
The Transatlantic Connections Conference will be preceded by a study trip and special Dublin event, and those who would like to include the trip as part of the conference are welcome to join.
The Trip begins in Dublin, and on January 6th 2018 there is a very special event hosted by the Drew Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict (CRCC). The CRCC will be presenting the 2018 Peace Builder award to former President of Ireland, Dr. Mary McAleese. All trip attendees are invited to this event. For further information on the Drew Study Trip, click here.
Cover photo: 'Kindred Spirits' by sculptor Alex Pentek.