Free Public Lecture

Free Public Lecture at The Central Library, Grand Parade, Cork

Thursday, 21st September 2017, 7 p.m.

“From Witness to Spectacle: Encountering Irish Eviction in the 19th Century”

Emily Mark Fitzgerald, Assistant Professor, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD

How did people ‘see’, encounter, and understand Irish evictions in the 19th century? This talk will explore the visual representation of Irish evictions from their depiction in painting in the mid-19th century to subsequent representations in illustration, photography, the magic lantern, and film in the early 20th century. Each of these forms ‘witnessed’ evictions in different ways, but were united by common aspects of dramatic staging, visual novelty, entertainment, and prompting affective public responses. We will explore in particular the impact of two forms of technology: the invention of dry plate photography in 1870, and the mass mobilization of eviction imagery via the magic lantern in Ireland and Britain during the Home Rule campaign of the late 1880s.

with generous assistance from Cork City Heritage Grant Scheme.Heritage-Plan-Logo













2016 witnessed the first free public lecture offered by CorkDFAS to allow non-members to enjoy a taste of our annual programme of lectures.

This inaugural free public lecture was given at The Central Library, Grand Parade, Cork, at 7 p.m. on the 21st September 2016

Aspects of the Arts & Crafts of The Honan Chapel in its Centenary Year

by Virginia Teehan (Director of Cultural Projects, UCC)

and James Cronin (Lecturer in Teaching & Learning (Enhancement), UCC)



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with generous assistance from Cork City Heritage Grant Scheme.Heritage-Plan-Logo