“Where Do We Go from Here?”
Revisiting Black Irish Relations and Responding to a Transnational Moment
Conveners: Kim McClain DaCosta (NYU) and Miriam Nyhan Grey (NYU)
Online Conference at New York University
November 5, 12 and 19
REGISTRATION DETAILS AVAILABLE SOON
Sponsors: Glucksman Ireland House and Gallatin School of Individualized Study Co-Sponsors: Brademas Center (NYU); Department of History (NYU), Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora (NYU), African American Diaspora Network; Consulate of Ireland (NY); Embassy of Ireland (Washington DC); NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Tenement Museum New York.
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. While drawing on historical, mainly American, examples, we are encouraging responses to the contemporary transnational moment, in which conversations about social justice and the Black Lives Matter Movement resonate in Ireland as much as they do in the United States and beyond.
Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor, The University of the West Indies
James Carroll, author, historian, journalist and National Book winner
Kim McClain DaCosta, New York University
Miriam Nyhan Grey, New York University
Kevin Kenny, New York University
Chanté Mouton Kinyon, Notre Dame
Jane Ohlmeyer, Trinity College Dublin
Touré Reed, Illinois State University
Nikhil Singh, New York University
Stephen Small, UC Berkeley
Rachel Swarns, New York University/New York Times
Elisa Joy White, UC Davis
Emma Dabira, author of Don't Touch My Hair and What White People Can Do Next
In addition to the lectures, the conference will include public humanities sessions with Mick Moloney and Lenwood Sloan and a New York Tenement Museum panel using the trajectories of Irish and African American family history to explore race and ethnicity in New York City. Panel: Annie Polland (Director, Tenement Museum); Professor Leslie Harris (Northwestern University), Dave Favaloro (Curator, Tenement Museum).
NYU's Glucksman Ireland House provides reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Requests for accommodations for events and services should be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the accommodation need. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org