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Double Visions Conference

Seaghan O Murchu • 18 February 2005

Next month, a gathering of plenary speakers (Hugo Hamilton, Declan Kiberd, Ronit Lentin, Ursula Rani Sarma) and presenters from all over the world will meet to share their analyses about a changing Ireland viewed from its multicultural, multiethnic, and many-faceted perspectives. The website, at, provides more details on the panelists, the timetable, and registration forms for this 18-20 March conference at UCD.

To quote the website:

This interdisciplinary conference investigates the identity formation of marginal voices in Ireland. Focusing on the 'double vision' of immigrants and minority groups in their interaction with "mainstream" narratives, the conference engages with literary, historical, and social perspectives of displacement and integration.

This assembly should interest many readers of The Blanket who share a committment to an Irish society more welcoming to its increasingly diverse and enriching peoples. The title of the conference, Liminal Irish Identities, speaks to all who find themselves on the margins, in-between cultures or beyond previously demarcated boundaries or conditions. I hope many of you can join us in Dublin the post-Paddy's day weekend for craic and content that promises to be richer than green beer or plastic sham-rockery.





























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Index: Current Articles

18 February 2005

Other Articles From This Issue:

"Death by Suicide"
Margaret Quinn

But Will Anyone Object
Brian Mór

Seeking Justice for a Brother
Davy Adams

Perspective and Perception
Eamonn McCann

Only One Option Left, Really
Mick Hall

Trust Your Leaders!
James Connolly

A perfect 10 for Bertie's volte-face on the peace process
Anthony McIntyre

Distress vs Illness: Social Control
Sean Fleming

Double Visions Conference
Seaghan O Murchu

No More Lies

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An Ireland of Equals Will Not Be Built on Fear
Gerard Quinn

'Law and Order' From Behind a Balaclava
John Kelly

Where Are the Guards of Honour?
Sean Magee

Losing Hearts and Minds
Mick Hall

Protest? You're Having a Laugh
Michael Benson

Brian Mór

When A Leader Deserts His Men
Anthony McIntyre

No News
James Fitzharris

I Didn't Know Her, But I Did
Fred A. Wilcox

Parents Must Fight Bigotry
David Adams



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