Hunger strikes/striking present a range of political, ethical, medical, physical, emotional and gendered problems. As such, they prove difficult to historicise and commemorate. Incarcerated Bodies is a symposium which provides an opportunity for academics (national and international), museum and gallery experts and key stakeholders to discuss issues relating to the incarcerated body and food refusal.
Supported by the Irish Research Council New Foundations scheme.
9.30 Tea/coffee registration
10.00 SESSION ONE: MUSEOLOGY (Chair, Niall Bergin)
10.00 Helen O’Carroll (Kerry County Museum): ‘Casement's Long Shadow in Kerry’
10.10 Meadhbh Murphy (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland): ‘Force feeding implements in the RCSI Heritage Collections’.
10.20 Michael Lynch (Kerry Library): ‘Thomas Ashe curating the Kerry Library Collection’.
10.30 Pat Cooke (University College Dublin): ‘The art of interpreting dark or challenging history’.
11.15 SESSION TWO: HUNGER STRIKE HISTORY (Chair, Ian Miller)
11.15 Ian Miller (Ulster University): ‘Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, c.1909-74’.
11.25 Elaine Farrell (Queen’s University, Belfast):‘Rescued from their evil courses’: women in the Irish convict prison, 1853-1900’.
11.35 Greta Jones (Ulster University): 'Narratives of Imprisonment and the Historian'.
11.45 William Murphy (Dublin City University): ‘Hunger strikes in Irish history’.
13.30 SESSION THREE: COMMEMORATION (Chair, Laura McAtackney)
13.30 - Elizabeth Crooke (Ulster University Magee): ‘Representation without Engagement: prison objects in museum collections’.
13.45 Séanna Walsh (former IRA prisoner and activist): ‘Hunger Strike, the Protest of Last Resort’
14.00 Eunan O’Halpin, (Trinity College Dublin): ‘Bí cúramach: commemorating 2016-2022’.
14.50 SESSION FOUR: Roundtable (Chair, Ciara Breathnach)
Danielle O’Donovan, Irish Heritage Trust/ the Irish National Famine Museum, Strokestown, Barry Godfrey, University of Liverpool, Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool, Katherine McSharry, National Library of Ireland.