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When Silence Falls: Exploring the Waterford Laundry

The Arts Education Research Group (AERG) in Trinity College invites you to an interactive research seminar exploring an interdisciplinary project entitled When Silence Falls: Investigating Literary and Bodily Memory at the Waterford Laundry (Waterford Memories Project and Irish Research Council, October 2016). When Silence Falls was a public event consisting of talks, live art performances, screenings, installations, and oral histories, which commemorated (and took place in) the former site of St Mary's Good Shepherd Laundry and St. Dominic's Industrial School in Waterford city. The event also constituted an interdisciplinary, collaborative teaching and learning initiative in the School of Humanities at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).

Alongside discussing the historical background of the Waterford Laundry and Industrial School, the seminar will share key findings from the project with regards to how the oral history narratives from the survivors of these spaces were used to inform live art performance work created for the When Silence Falls event, and explores how the act of reclaiming space constitutes an act of resistance. Attendees will be invited to participate in discursive exercises and have an opportunity to consider some of the visual outputs from the project, including Animating Place (2019)—a multi-media, educational resource that explores themes of institutional abuse.

Presented by Dr Kate McCarthy (WIT/AERG) and Dr Jennifer O'Mahoney (WIT and Principal Investigator of the Waterford Memories Project).

Date: Wednesday 29th May 2019

Venue: The TRISS Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Arts Building.

Time: 2.00 - 4.00pm

All Welcome!