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All Things Considered – Conference, 9-10 November, UCC

November 9, 2018 - November 10, 2018

All Things Considered… Material Culture and Memory 

9 – 10 November 2018, UCC 

CASiLaC: ‘Memory, Commemoration and the Uses of the Past’ research cluster 

Departments of French and Italian, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, UCC 

Keynote speakers: 

Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Iceland in the Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies 

Nathan Mannion is senior curator at EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin  

With performances from Sonia Boué and Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh 



9.30 – 10.00 Registration, coffee (G06 – ground floor, Brookfield Health Sciences Building) 

10.00 – 10.30Welcome from Professor Chris Williams (Head of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC); Dr Martin Howard (Head of Languages, Literatures and Cultures) Dr Daragh O’Connell (Director of CASiLaC-Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures) and the conference organisers, Dr Chiara Giuliani and Dr Kate Hodgson.  

10.30 – 12.00 Session A:  

1. Objects of loss and absence(chair Kevin Cawley) Room 302, Brookfield. 

Daragh O’Connell (UCC) “lor vanità che par persona”: Immateriality and Haptic Memory in Dante’s Commedia  

Sarah Morton (Bath), Materiality, Memory and Mourning: The material and the symbolic agency of repatriated human remains  

Chiara Giuliani (UCC), Rhinos and earrings: objects of absence and absent objects in Ali Farah’s Madre piccola and Scego’s La mia casa è dove sono

2. Image, Object and Memory in History(chair David Bowe) Room 303, Brookfield

Diarmuid Scully (UCC), Manuscript 700 in the National Library of Ireland: creating the memory of a British Ireland in a medieval English empire  

Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton (UCC), Object and identity: material expression of Franciscan ideologies in late medieval Ireland  

David Ryan (UCC), On Return, Quagmires, Levity and Departure 

3.Material culture in the60s and 70s: music, art and literature(chair Till Weingärtner) Room 304, Brookfield. 

Déborah Laks (Paris), Junk memory: the 1960s between past and present  

Elisabetta Rattalino (Libera Università di Bolzano), Learning from rural objects: Claudio Costa and Superstudio in 1970s Italy  

Olga Campofreda (UCL), Jungen Werther by Pier Vittorio Tondelli: the universal meaning of Youth as told by a teenage room in 1977 

12.00 – 13.00  Lunch (downstairs in Brookfield Café) 

13.00 – 15.00 Session B: 

4.Framing Memories:the role of photographs(chair Barbara Siller) Room 302, Brookfield 

Sonia Wilson (Sydney), Orphan photos and identity practices in France  

Rixt Bosma (Leiden NL, independent photography historian), Reflections on two-of-a-kinds: the historic photography collection of DOUBLES  

Antonia Viu, Pedro Moscoso-Flores (Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile), Press Clipping and Digesting in Latin American periodicals of the thirties 

Crónán Ó Doibhlin (UCC), John Minihan: photography and the memorial  

5. Material Culture, Local Encounters(chair Richard Mason)Room 303, Brookfield

Emma Bond (St Andrews), Re-creating the past through things: working through the sugar history of Greenock 

Erik Anspach (ENSCI-Les Ateliers), Documenting Design: Hugo’s Sea and Historical Memory  

Elaine O’Driscoll-Adam (UCC), Symbolic Objects: Placing the Past in the Present  

David Couvidat (Paris), A publishers’ series as a space for preserving cultural heritage: a case study of the descriptions, photographs and drawings of objects in the ethnographic testimonials of “Terre Humaine” (1955-2015)  

6. Heritage and Material Culture in Ireland(chair Sarah Baccianti) Room 304, Brookfield

Kelly Boyle (UCC), Music in the museum: the rise and fall of Ceol, the Irish Traditional Music Centre, 1999-2001  

Peter McElhinney (Bradford), Gaelic Recovery – Recovery of Ulster’s Gaelic Material Heritage as a Resource for Contemporary Cultural Expression  

Kerstin Fest (Freiburg), Things in the Novels of Tana French 

Clíona O’Carroll (UCC), ‘Sometimes I feel like takin an axe and breakin it all up’: Mrs Cutler’s dresser, Bridgie Lynch’s shawl and why ‘material culture’ should be a consideration in all social and cultural investigation   

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee (first floor social area, Brookfield)   

16.00 – 17.00 

Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir (University of Iceland)  

Boxes in the Attic: The Family Archive in Autobiographical Writing  

Chaired by Silvia Ross. Creative Zone, Boole Library (UCC Main Campus)  

17.00 – 18.00 

Nathan Mannion (EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum)  

Migrating Memories: The Role of Objects in Shaping Contemporary Migrant Identities 

Followed by a roundtable discussion with Nuala Finnegan, Clíona O’Carroll, Crónán Ó Doibhlin (UCC) and Daniel Breen (Cork City Museum) on curating, objects and memory. 

Chaired by Patrick Crowley. Creative Zone, Boole Library (UCC Main Campus)  

18.00 – 19.00 

Wine reception in the Creative Zone 

Performance by Sonia Boué ‘Hung to Dry, introduced by Helena Buffery  

20.15 Conference dinner at Luigi Malones, Cork.



09.00 – 11.00 Session C: 

7. Museums and community engagement(chair Catriona McAllister)Room 302, Brookfield

Jennie Morgan (Stirling), ‘The Human Bower’: Exploring Heritage-Futures through a Participatory Research-Arts Event  

Martin O’Connor, Eileen Hogan (UCC), Crowdsourcing things and the collective memory: curatorial experiences of the Sir Henrys @ UCC Library exhibition  

Sarah Baccianti (QUB), Getting handsy with the Vikings 

Chris Clarke (UCC), Recalling ‘Selective Memory’: the archive as a site of artistic practice  

8. War, memory and material culture(chair Dónal Hassett) Room 303, Brookfield 

Taylor Soja (Washington Seattle), Fleeting, Fake Trenches on the British Home Front: the Active Service Exhibition of 1916 and the 1918 “Feed the Guns” Campaign 

Hannah Wilson (Nottingham), The Materialisation of Sobibor Death Camp: Artefacts, Narratives and Representation  

Agata Zborowska (Warsaw), The life of things in post-war Poland. Material culture and the experience of Migration  

9. Fetish objects in Italian literature & cinema(chair Francesco Lucioli)Room 304, Brookfield 

Nicole Maniero (Cambridge), Between fetishes and prostheses: the objects in Italo Calvino’s ‘L’avventura di un fotografo’  

Martina Piperno (UCC), The memorial role of the car in Giorgio Bassani (1916-2000), Shoah survivor  

Vincenzo Lisciani Petrini (La Sapienza, Rome), The keys to the mysterious beyond. The role of things and objects in Dino Buzzati’s works  

Mark Chu (UCC), A Micron’s Tolerance: the quest for the Grail of perfection?   

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee (first floor social area, Brookfield)

11.30 – 13.00 Session D: 

10. Transnational narratives and material culture(chairCéire Broderick) Room 302, Brookfield 

Derek Duncan (St Andrews), Uncurated objects: global narratives, local presences  

Catriona McAllister (Reading), Where did we come from? Historical memory, nationhood and the museum in Argentina  

Natalia Sassu Suarez Ferri (St Andrews), “Since they can’t put Venezuela in their suitcases, they take mosaic tiles from the airport”: Kinetic Art and Material Culture in the Time of Migration 

 11. Objects of domesticity – objects of desire(chair Martina Piperno)Room 304, Brookfield 

Ombretta Frau (Mount Holyoke College), Cursed desire. Ill-fated heroines and their quest for Jewelry in 19th century Italian short stories  

Bethan Bide (Middlesex), Unravelling sartorial memory: investigating the capacity of historical fashion objects to transmit and evoke memories in museums 

Regina Sexton (UCC), Curious things of the hearth: the case of oatcake harden’ stands 

 13.00 – 14.00 Lunch (downstairs in Brookfield Café) 

 14.00 – 16.00 Session E: 

 12. Commodity culture and mass-produced objects(chairRola Abu Zeid-O’Neill) Room 302, Brookfield 

Annie Cummins (UCC), Playing with desire: the growth of Kidult culture 

Heather Laird (UCC), 1916 Memorabilia: Owning the Rising 

Kate Hodgson (UCC), From animal to animated: objects in La Belle et la Bête  

James Cuffe (UCC), Objects in chains: commodifying dissent 

13.Relics: Belief, ceremonyand private memory (chair Tatsuma Padoan) Room 304, Brookfield 

Kathy Curnow (Cleveland State), Autobiography through objects and ceremony: memories of a sixteenth-century West African Monarch  

Johanna Carvajal Gonzalez (Aix-Marseille), Museum: A place to rest in peace. The relics of Erika Diettes  

Nathalie Crouzier-Roland (Bordeaux Montaigne), Books of copied documents as elements of the material culture and the memory of urban communities in Guyenne (13th-15th centuries) 

Halle O’Neal (Edinburgh), The materiality of memory in Buddhist Palimpsests   

16.00 – 17.00   The Cultural Relevance of Parnell’s Walking Stick: poetry reading by Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, introduced by Daragh O’Connell. Coffee and concluding remarks. G06, Brookfield. 

17.00 End of conference 


November 9, 2018
November 10, 2018


Brookfield Health Sciences Building UCC