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Dublin: Natural and Cultural Heritage

Monday, 18 November 2019, 6:30 – 8pm

Dublin: Natural and Cultural Heritage

A panel discussion with Prof Marcus Collier (TCD), Maryann Harris (UCD) and Prof Michael Cronin as part of the 'Trinity and the Changing City' series.
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Like every city in the world, Dublin City is faced with multiple and complex challenges, particularly when it comes to integrating international policies into planning and design in the city. Meeting the needs of communities and businesses whilst also meeting global sustainability and climate-related agreements is by no means easy. This session looks behind some of the issues at the interface between cultural and natural heritage. Professor Marcus Collier from Trinity’s School of Natural Sciences will speak about emergent ideas for renaturing the city using nature-based solutions; Maryann Harris from Dublin City Council will discuss how biodiversity and communities are intertwined; and Dr. Sarah Kerr from the University of Sheffield examines how meeting our climate goals will challenge cultural heritage. Michael Cronin from the Department of French, School of Language, Literatures and Cultural Studies will look at how language and writing can transform our ecological relationship to cities

Trinity and the Changing City is organised by the Identities in Transformation research theme, led by Daniel Faas, Department of Sociology, and is supported by the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute.

See the full schedule of the lecture series here.
About Trinity and the Changing City

Trinity College Dublin has been a key witness, over many centuries, to Dublin’s development into the cosmopolitan city it is today. This multidisciplinary discussion series will look at the lived experience of Dublin’s citizens through the prism of Trinity’s Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences research. By drawing on historical, cultural, linguistic, sociological and economic perspectives, it will consider how we can understand a changing Dublin and influence plans for the city’s future.

Dublin has been transformed by the economic crash, the austerity measures that followed and recent improvements in aspects of the Irish economy, as well as wider issues such as displacement and migration. The city’s built environment and economic, demographic and linguistic mix have all developed apace.

But these changes, and their relationship to issues around religion, the environment, poverty, health, housing and governmental policy, have not generally been well represented in the media or in public discourse. There is a representative gap between the city in which Trinity resides, not least in terms of language, race and class, and the images and narratives of that city put forth in the broader culture.

Trinity and the Changing City will seek to address and interrogate this gap, bringing internationally recognised scholars in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, from Trinity and further afield, together with key stakeholders and practitioners from across the city.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Research Theme: Identities in Transformation, Making Ireland
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is essential)

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