Ulster 1718: Culture, Family and Space
This year marks the three hundredth anniversary of the migration of a number of families from the Bann Valley to a new life in North America.
In order to commemorate this, Ulster University shall host a gathering of academic and community writers who shall explore the connections between Ulster and North America. The event will examine three main shared areas of interest between the two places: culture, family and space. It is hoped that this will prompt a re-examination of the impact of literature and ideas, family and genealogy and space and landscape that have shaped the relationship between the two places then and since. This conference is a sister conference of the Maine Ulster Scots Project Ulster Diaspora Reunion and Conference which will be held August 14-16, 2018, in Brunswick Maine at Bowdoin College Campus.
Papers of 20-25 minutes would be accepted on the following themes:
- Afterlives of 1718
- Ulster Diaspora
- Family history, memoirs and correspondence
- Literatures of Migration and Diaspora
- Narratives about space, place and landscape
- Interactions with indigenous peoples
- Interactions with ‘Yankee’ English/ French on the New England/Quebec frontier.
- Built environment —skill and tools of Scotch Irish pioneer life.
- Shipbuilding and the Scotch Irish in Maine.
- New Insights, reflections on connections Scotland, Ireland and America
- Culture and memory/ forgetting
- Ulster-Scots and Scotch-Irish commemorations
Further details can be found at:@HurchinHome Twitter Account
Please send a 200 word abstract of your paper to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30th 2018.