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TLRH | Trinity and the Changing City: Migration and its Artistic Representation

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 7 – 8pm

TLRH | Trinity and the Changing City: Migration and its Artistic Representation

A panel discussion as part of the 'Trinity and the Changing City' Series in partnership with Trinity Long Room Hub.

This panel discussion will focus on the artistic representation of refugees and direct provision. It will include as speakers Vukasin Nedeljkovic, Dr Bisi Adigun, Bulelani Mfaco, and Dr Roja Fazaeli. 

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Vukasin Nedeljkovic compiled an archive of photographs while in direct provision and afterwards to document the conditions in Direct Provision. Vukasin Nedeljkovic holds a Masters in Visual Arts Practice at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Arts, Design and Technology. He will present images from his archive.

Dr Bisi Adigun (adjunct lecturer in  drama, TCD and Senior Lecturer in Bowen University, Iwo Nigeria) will speak about his work with Arambe Theatre Company in bringing awareness of African immigrant experiences to Irish audiences through his work as a director and writer. His adaptation, co-written with Roddy Doyle, of a Nigerian Playboy of the Western World, was presented at the Abbey Theatre.

Bulelani Mfaco is a South African refugee who has spent several years in Direct Provision in Ireland after receiving a Masters degree from UCD. He has been a representative for MASI, the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, on the government’s expert group tasked with reforming direct provision.

Dr Roja Fazaeli  (Middle Eastern Studies, TCD) will speak about her work with refugees and the importance of TCD to become a university of sanctuary. Dr Fazaeli has served on the boards of Amnesty International, the Irish Refugee Council, and the Irish Immigrant Council.

Steve Wilmer (Professor Emeritus in Drama, TCD) will chair the panel.

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

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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 recently by the manifold challenges arising from Covid-19, 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.(Opening shortly)

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