Irish “Climate Change and the Arts: A Post-Cop26 Roundtable Discussion”

Webinar notice from the fabulous Nessa Cronin at NUI Galway. Please circulate widely!

Unfortunately I will giving a UK guest lecture at this time but I encourage all working in the Irish creative and wider cultural sector to attend. Thank you Nessa for organising this important meeting and previous seminars too.

A chairde,

We hope you are keeping safe and well. Please find the details below for our upcoming Future Earth Ireland webinar.

Please circulate to friends and colleagues and we look forward to welcoming you to ‘virtual’ Galway!

Le gach beannacht,

Nessa & Diarmuid.

“Climate Change and the Arts: A Post-Cop26 Roundtable Discussion”

4pm (IST), Wednesday 24 November 2021

Future Earth Ireland and the Moore Institute, NUI Galway

(Online webinar, zoom registration details below)

Public registration link:

Drowned Galway (2020). Photomontages by Joe Lee. Project directed by Ríonach Ní Néill. Commissioned for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.

On behalf of Future Earth Ireland, you are invited to attend a national webinar, “Climate Change and the Arts: A Post-Cop26 Roundtable Discussion”, from 4-5.30pm (IST), Wednesday 24th November 2021. This event is co-hosted by Future Earth Ireland, based at the Royal Irish Academy, and the Moore Institute for the Humanities and Social Studies at NUI Galway.

Much of the discourse surrounding the recent Cop26 meeting in Glasgow has been led by the political and scientific communities and has been focused on progressing international agreements and multilateral policies in order to address the planetary urgency of the climate and biodiversity crises. However, if cultural vitality (in its broadest sense) is recognised as the fourth pillar of sustainability then any policy initiatives in relation to environmental change that fail to take into account the importance of the social-cultural realm will possibly only have very limited success in the future.

This webinar seeks to address this important gap in policy and public discourse in relation to the role that the arts (and culture more widely) can play in addressing these environmental and planetary challenges, in Ireland and globally today. In particular, the webinar will foreground the role of arts practitioners and those directly working the area of Arts and Humanities in this discussion and so we are delighted to have a wide range of artists, writers, scholars, practitioners, curators, and those involved in sustainability policy participating in our panel discussion.

Guest contributors to the session include: 

  1. Deirdre O’Mahony (Artist – Socially-engaged arts practice)  
  2. Siobhán McDonald (Artist – Visual Arts)   
  3. Nessa O’Mahony (Artist – Literature, Editor) 
  4. Alice Kinsella (Artist – Literature, Editor)  
  5. Ríonach Ní Néill (Artist – Contemporary Dance, Curator)   
  6. Helen O’Donoghue (Senior Curator, Head of Engagement and Learning, IMMA, Dublin)  
  7. EL Putnam (Digital Artist and Scholar, School of English and Creative Arts, NUI Galway) 
  8. Charles Joly (Head of Sustainability, London School of Economics, UK)    
  9. Derek Gladwin (Irish Studies; Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver) 
  10. Richard Kearney (Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy, Boston College, USA)  
  11. Conor Newman (Climate Heritage, School of Geography, Archaeology and Irish Studies, NUI Galway) 
  12. Dan Carey  (Director, Moore Institute, NUI Galway ) 
  13. Nessa Cronin (FEI Committee, Associate Director, Moore Institute, NUI Galway) 
  14. Diarmuid Torney (FEI Chair, School of Law and Government, DCU) 
  15. Patrick Lonergan (FEI Committee, School of English and Creative Arts, NUI Galway) 

The webinar will be live streamed via the Moore Institute’s Facebook Live page, and will also available as a recorded webinar to view later if you are unable to join us on the day. We also plan to share resources, tools and tips garnered from our discussion after the webinar is completed.

Tá súil agam go mbeidh tú in ann a bheith inár láthar ar an lá sin. We do hope that you will be able to join us on the day.  

Le gach beannacht, 

Nessa & Diarmuid 

FEI Webinar Co-chairs: Dr Nessa Cronin (NUI Galway) and Dr Diarmuid Torney (Dublin City University)

Sustainable development | Royal Irish AcademySustainable development. We contribute to public policy debate on environmental and sustainability issues of priority interest to Ireland and the European Union including climate change, biodiversity, ecosystems and

Dr Nessa Cronin, Lecturer in Irish Studies,

Programme Director, MA in Irish Studies, Centre for Irish Studies, School of Geography, Archaeology and Irish Studies, NUI Galway. Associate Director, Moore Institute, NUI Galway.Future Earth Ireland National Committee, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin 2.



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