Global Irish Research Network (GIRN) Seminar - Aileen Dillane

When:16 Apr 2013, 5:30pm - 7pm
Venue:Room 310, Morven Brown Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney
Who:Dr Aileen Dillane

'Aislings and Avatars: Irish Music, Ethnic Identity, and Cultural Intimacy'

In 'Aislings and Avatars', Dr Dillane examines different registers of identity performed through Irish music in the 'Diasporic' sphere. The talk draws on extensive fieldwork and historical research carried out in Chicago, and incorporates writings on identity and on nostalgia from Irish music studies, ethnomusicology and anthropology, in particular. The focus is on the tensions between the role of Irish music in the mediation of expressions of public/civic sentimentality and private, emigrant/ethnic experience as encapsulated in key performance moments.

Aileen Dillane is an ethnomusicologist and Irish traditional musician based in the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick. She is co-editor of Morrissey: Fandom, Representations and Identities (Intellect, 2011). Current research projects include co-editing a collection of essays from the recent David Bowie Symposium (UL 2012); LimerickSoundscapes (an interactive, ethnographic-based mapping of the music/sounds of Limerick and its citizens); and Songs of Social Protest, which looks at the Irish singer-songwriter tradition of performing counter-hegemonic narratives.

Location: Room 310,| Morven Brown Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney.

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