“Remembering” Past Futures

Wednesday,  26 October 2016 – 6pm

UCC Public Lecture: Dr Heather Laird


“Remembering” Past Futures: Commemoration and the Roads Untaken


Dr Heather Laird, UCC School of English will give the final public lecture in the Reconsidering the Rising Lecture series, this Wednesday at 6pm. Join us in the Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Geology/Geography Building, UCC (beside the Honan Chapel).

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Ireland’s decade of centenaries ultimately encourages us to think about history and historical change in terms of key events that were driven by exceptional people.  This paper proffers another form that commemoration could take: to seek out and ‘remember’ the roads untaken.  A commemoration process that acknowledges that the past could have been other than it was and that it could have given rise to other possible futures can assist us in the difficult but necessary process of imagining our future as other than the here and now.


Dr Heather Laird is a Lecturer in the School of English, UCC.  Her research has explored Irish cultural criticism, and the consequences of colonialism in Ireland.  Her publications include the books Subversive Law in Ireland, 1879-1920 (2005) and Daniel Corkery’s Cultural Criticism: Selected Writings (2012).

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This event forms the last talk in the Reconsidering the Rising Lecture Series, and is free and open to the public.


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