The Revolution in Context: Ireland and the Wider World

Friday April 1, 2016: 6pm in the Aula Maxima at UCC

This Friday evening, award-winning BBC Foreign Correspondent Fergal Keane is to speak at UCC on “The Ethics and Obligations of Memorialising Violence – From Listowel to Visegrad”. All are welcome to attend the event which begins at 6pm in the Aula Maxima at University College Cork.


This plenary lecture is the keynote at an interdisciplinary symposium organised by Dr Ruth Canning and Dr David Fitzgerald from the UCC School of History. The conference will consider how violence is conceived, portrayed, remembered, and experienced both communally and globally through a range of discourses and approaches. 


Violent Contexts Symposium Poster


Violence, as a subject of scholarly enquiry, is of central importance to the human experience.  We often think of each incident as unique, but unique to what and to whom?  Violence is universal and ubiquitous and it can be felt in domestic, religious, ethnic, gender, political, criminal and international contexts. 


The subjects discussed here may be of considerable interest in light of the 1916 commemorations this year. All are welcome; learn more about the event here.



Fergal Keane, BBC Foreign Correspondent

Keane’s investigative coverage of international war zones and humanitarian crises has been instrumental in raising global awareness for the brutality inflicted upon civilian populations during times of conflict.  A witness to genocide in Rwanda, Keane has produced a book, “Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey” (winner of the 1995 Orwell prize), as well as several candid and compassionate documentaries which detail the ferociousness and tragic consequences of ethnic violence while highlighting the need for more proactive humanitarian intervention by western powers.  Keane is also the author of a number of other acclaimed books, including ”Road of Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944”, and was the presenter of the five-part BBC/RTE documentary series ”The Story of Ireland”.

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