A distinguished panel gathered in The Arms Hotel Ballroom on Thursday for the first of our Gathering strand of events, to discuss the very timely and relevant subject of Across the Waves: The Experience of Migration in Contemporary Irish Writing.
Professor Liam Kennedy: Emigration. Exile. In some ways there’s nothing new about the subject, but it’s timely. Why? Because migration is changing and it’s changing in the sense that the special coordinates by which we map our sense of identity as Irish are shifting and changing. The word academics use is globalisation, and what I mean by that is we’re experiencing an intensified flow of information, capital and people across national borders. I think we can broadly agree we are living in an age of globalisation in all of these ways, and particularly because of the way digital electronic communications has intensified this flow.