Public Lecture: Beyond Home: new spaces for migrant belonging
Lecture: Beyond Home: new spaces for migrant belonging
Speaker: Professor Mary Gilmartin
Wednesday 1 March at 7pm
Join Professor Mary Gilmartin, from Maynooth University for this exploration of the issues around migration.
This lecture is one of a series taking place as part of the programme around the Beyond Leaving exhibition at the library’s National Photographic archive in Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
What does belonging mean?
Seeking to belong is a common human desire. But what does belonging mean when you are a migrant, living away from familiar places and people? In this talk, Professor Gilmartin will consider the ways in which migrants create new spaces of belonging and will use examples from the experiences of immigrants living in Ireland and Irish emigrants living in other countries to show how migrants seek to belong – whether this is through local communities or transnational citizenship – as well as the difficulties they encounter.
Beyond Leaving Exhibition:
Beyond Leaving at the National Photographic Archive is the more recent expression of an ongoing project started by photographer David Monahan in 2010, when he documented the departures of over 120 people as they left Ireland in the aftermath of the global financial crash. This work culminated in his award-winning book, On Leaving.
Now some years later, Monahan has taken a closer look at a small group of these people and working in collaboration with them through photography, Skype interview and video, this show tries to fathom the distance between expectation and reality for the current Irish emigrant.
The exhibition is open: Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:00 and Sunday 12:00-17:00
The lecture will take place in the seminar room in the library building in Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
All welcome. Booking is not required.
Professor Mary Gilmartin
The main focus of Professor Gilmartin’s research is contemporary Irish migration and mobility. Her book on Ireland and migration in the twenty-first century was published by Manchester University Press in 2015. Mary is the Managing Editor of the international journal Social & Cultural Geography.