Friday 16 February 2018 at 19:30
DUBLIN AS A GLOBAL CITY 1600-2017
An Illustrated Talk by Professor Kevin Whelan, Michael J. Smurfit Director, Notre Dame Global Gateway, Dublin
In recent decades, national history has bifurcated, moving both down (micro-history) and up (Atlantic, global history). This illustrated lecture is an exercise in regarding history as a panorama rather than as a close-up in considering the global positioning through space and time of a small but influential city. It approaches the evolution of Dublin through a series of flows – of people, ideas, goods, and culture. It tracks Dublin’s rise as a ‘city of brick’, as it surged from a mere 10,000 in 1600 to 200,000 by 1800 – a response to the northwards migration of the centre of gravity of the European economy from its old Mediterranean heart to the Atlantic facade. It anatomises Dublin under the Union, a ‘city of shadows’, as its trade, population and prospects were all constricted. It considers the influence of two global systems – Imperialism, Catholicism – on Dublin in the nineteenth century. The ‘city of words’ emerged in the early twentieth century, when Joyce, Yeats and Beckett found ways to universalize the city. The 1916 Rising is considered, as is the exhausted city of the post-imperial phase. Finally the lecture looks at the emergence of the ‘silicon city’, and how Dublin functions as a transnational city in the current global economy. By looking at Dublin over a long time frame and in a wider geographical frame, its distinctive evolution can be tracked through comparative perspectives.
Reservations are essential due to the limited number of seats.
Entry 10 EUR per person payable at the door. The doors will close at 19:30 sharp.
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