The Irish poet Eavan Boland once asked,
‘What is this thing – a nation – that is so powerful it can make songs, attract sacrifice and so exclusive it drives into hiding the complex and sceptical ideas which would serve it best?’
This event explores complex questions of culture, conflict and identity in a group of small European nations through presentations, critical conversation and intercultural dialogue:
Is the history of nations always contested, or can we find areas of agreement? How do the roads to independence taken by small nations differ from each other, and from the paths pursued by larger nations? Are nationalism and internationalism incompatible? What role should writers and artists play in contesting identities?
Join academics, cultural practitioners and other voices from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Galicia, Basque Country and Catalonia in a day of debates, presentations, film screenings and music!
Panel sessions 10.00 – 13.30; 14.30- 16.00
Short films and music 16.30 – 19.30