Conversations on Europe: Legacies and Manifestations of Irish Nationalism

Ireland’s relationships with Europe have safeguarded features of national identity from the early twentieth century to the present as the region negotiated its long-standing and historically fraught relationship with the United Kingdom. In recent years, Ireland’s role in the EU has further solidified these regional relationships as a counterpoint to its tangled politics with the UK, especially in complex concepts of national identity in Northern Ireland. In the midst of ongoing political tumult in the UK and the complexity of Britain’s extraction from the EU through Brexit, what does Irish nationalism look like today north and south of the border?

This panel was organized and moderated by Professor Jennifer Keating, Department of English, Pitt organized and moderated the panel discussion.


  • Garrett Carr, Seamus Heaney Center, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • John Carson, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Mairéad McClean, Artist and Filmmaker, from Bath, England, and Northern Ireland
  • Eve Patten, Director of the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Professor Patten discusses ongoing relationships between the Long Room Hub, its resident artists and scholars and governmental grant programs at Trinity College. Mairéad McClean discusses her recent Beyond 22 residency supported by the Decade of Centenaries grant to undertake work with the Irish Archives and the Long Room Hub and her exhibition “Here,” at Belfast Exposed in Northern Ireland. Garrett Carr discusses his book, The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border. Professor Carson provides commentary.

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