Ireland's Edge are delighted to present Áit / Place.
So many notions of place exist in the public and personal sphere, while some can be unconsciously held in the private sphere of the imagination. Within countries and communities there are shared collective ideas of place which are closely connected to those of identity and home. Social, political and environmental change can disturb and even dismantle these embedded narratives of place and identity. For the Irish Diaspora it’s been the case that different perspectives on place and identity develop in relation to the distance in generations removed from the home country. Sometimes the identification with Ireland can disappear only to reappear in another generation as an affinity with Irish culture, traditional music or literature.
In very recent times Brexit, climate change, mass migration and immigration, digital technology amongst other factors have been major disruptors of long held often unexamined ideas about place . Ireland’s Edge 2018 takes some of these themes and interrogates them in the company of an engaged curious attendance and panels of thinkers, policy makers, innovators, commentators and artists.
CEO of British Council
Chairperson of HSE
Non-Exec Director NHS
Prof. John Naughton
Senior Research Fellow, CRASSH, University of Cambridge
Director, Wolfson Press Fellowship Programme
Reporter and feature writer for the Observer
2018 Orwell Prize recipient
Dr Nora Ní Loideain
Director and Lecturer at the Information Law and Policy Centre at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (IALS).
Affiliated Lecturer at the Cambridge Faculty of Law.
Prof. Genevieve Bell
Anthropologist, technologist and futurist.
Professor and Director of the 3A Institute at the Australian National University.
Senior Fellow at Intel.
Billy Mag Fhloinn
Irish Folklorist, Performance Artist, Costume Maker, and Musician
Prof. Luke O’Neill
Chair of Biochemistry, School of Biochemistry and Immunology
Trinity College Dublin
RTE Europe Editor,
Author of Brexit & Ireland
H.E. Mrs Deike Potzel
German Ambassador to Ireland.
Former Brexit spokesperson in Number 10 Downing Street
Writer on British and Irish politics
Public Relation Executive at Powerscourt Group
Former speechwriter for President Michael D Higgins
Executive Producer of Bravo’s Emmy-Nominated Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen!
Former producer at MTV’s Total Request Live in NYC
Joint Comment Editor, The Guardian
Previously Home News Editor at The Independent
Student at Yale Law School
Previously served as a visiting scholar at the University of Notre Dame where his research focused on external assistance to nonviolent resistance movements.
Dr. Chris Kissane
Historian, journalist and writer on migration.
Former lecturer in Economic History at London School of Economics & Political Science. BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker
Prof. Diarmaid Ferriter
Irish Historian, Author and Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD.
Dr. Michael John O’Mahony
Director at Environmental Education Unit
Aoife Ní Bhríain
Contemporary, Classical and Traditional Violinist
Member of contemporary string quintet Wooden Elephant