People of Irish and African descent have lived in the United States for more than four centuries. Their respective trajectories -- marked by complexity, conflict, and collaboration -- have been shaped by American conceptions of identity, hierarchies of belonging, and access to pathways of upward mobility. The aim of this conference and programing is to examine the constellations of Blackness and Irishness in the history of the United States and beyond and use their example to ponder present conundrums around race, ethnicity, inequality and identity politics.
“Where Do We Go from Here? Revisiting Black Irish Relations and Responding to a Transnational Moment” will take place on three Fridays in November in partnership with NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. The conference will run online on Friday November 5, Friday November 12 and Friday November 19.
Friday, 12 November 2021
9-10.15am ET Nikhil Singh, New York University, “Ireland in the Crucible of Race”. Moderated by Kathleen Coll, University of San Francisco/New York University.
10.30 -11.45am ET Elisa Joy White, UC Davis, “Céad Míle Fáilte: When Blackness in Ireland Seemed New Again”. Bryan Fanning, University College Dublin.
12-1.15pm ET Chanté Mouton Kinyon, Notre Dame University, “The Ties that Bind: Resistance, Rebellion, and Redemption in UpTight (1968)”. Moderated by Anna McCarthy, New York University.
2--3.30pm ET/ Tenement Museum New York: African American and Irish American New York Revisited: Annie Polland (Director, Tenement Museum); Leslie Harris (Northwestern University) and David Favaloro (Tenement Museum). Introduced by Joy Bivins, NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
3.45pm--5.15pm ET Black Irish Cultural Renderings and Responses: Lauren Onkey (George Washington University), Mick Moloney (New York University), Lenwood Sloan (African American Irish Diaspora Network). Moderated by Bill Ferris, Emeritus, University of North Carolina. Introduced by John Waters, New York University.
To read the Black, Brown and Green Voices report here
To view a discussion of the project see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lY8m2I8BgQ
For the most up to date details of the conference refer here