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XBorders with Dr. Declan Long
Sat 6 May 2017, 13:00 – 14:30 BST
XBorders is an exciting new cross-border project bringing emerging writers together to explore and write about borders through fiction or non-fiction. The XBorders seminars are open to the public and aim to bring writers and the arts community into contact with experts working in the field of borders so that it can inform and inspire their creative work.
Dr. Declan Long is Co-Director of the MA 'Art in the Contemporary World' and a lecturer in modern and contemporary art in the Faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design. During 2013, he served as member of the judging panel for the Turner Prize.
The focus of his recent research has been the contemporary art practice of the ‘Post-Troubles’ period in Northern Ireland. This work has focused on the ways in which artists who have engaged with social change in Northern Ireland during this period have concentrated on issues, images, histories or locations that make evident anxieties in relation to the wider public rhetoric of progress. This engagement with the recent art of Northern Ireland has entailed extensive analysis of the broader predicament of contemporary art within an international context, taking account, therefore, of how ‘local’ issues pertinent to the aftermath of a long-running regional/national conflict can be situated in relation to wider cultural, social and economic shifts, most particularly those associated with the impact of ‘globalisation’.