National & Transnational Cultural Flows & Place

Various Speakers

NUI Maynooth, Dublin City Centre and fieldtrips outside of Dublin 09:00 :: 1st July 2013

1-12 July

10th May 2013: Deadline for call for participation

Postgraduate Summer School, NUI Maynooth
The Department of Sociology at NUI Maynooth is co-hosting with the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia a postgraduate summer school on the topic ‘National and Transnational Cultural Flows and Place’.
This summer school will critically explore how our theories and concepts to study culture generally, and the production of cultural products and services more specifically, have changed over time and the influence of globalisation and place on this process. We will take advantage of the location of the summer school in Ireland to explore three broad themes:
THE LEGACY OF HISTORY – colonialism, emigration, religion, language, landscape, borders and boundaries,
PLACES, FLOWS AND CULTURE – information economies, translating and localising cultural products and services, emigration, professional and familial flows, creative cities, gentrification, communities, ghost estates, state, geo-linguistic and geo-cultural boundaries,
REPRESENTATIONS – dominant ideologies & alternatives, constructing identities, diversity, difference, hybridity, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, visibility, omission.

Confirmed speakers include:
Prof. Mary Corcoran, Sociology, NUI Maynooth
Prof. Sean O’Riain, Sociology, NUI Maynooth
Prof. Rob Kitchin, NIRSA and Geography, NUI Maynooth
Prof. Luke Gibbons, Department of English, Media and Theatre Studies, NUI Maynooth
Prof. Michael Cronin, School of Applied Language and Intercultural studies, Dublin City University
Pof. Paschal Preston, School of Communications, Dublin City University
Dr. Jane Gray, Sociology and IQDA, NUI Maynooth
Dr. Ruth Geraghy, IQDA, NUI Maynooth
Dr. Rebecca King O’Riain, Sociology, NUI Maynooth
Dr. Brian Conway, Sociology, NUI Maynooth
Dr. Paul Ryan, Sociology, NUI Maynooth
Dr Debbie Ging, School of Communications, Dublin City University
Dr. Aphra Kerr, Sociology, NUI Maynooth

The summer school will see up to twenty students from Philadelphia and Ireland take part in an intensive summer school of talks, exchanges, workshops, fieldtrips and independent study. The language of the summer school will be English and the perspectives will be interdisciplinary including Sociology, Communication, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Geography and History.

We are currently seeking up to ten postgraduate students of universities from the Republic and the North of Ireland who are working on a PhD topic of relevance to the theme. We invite registered PhD students to submit a CV and an application form giving background details and outlining how the summer school is of relevance to your PhD project. We will also require a signature from your PhD supervisor on the application form.

Please send your proposals to with the keywords ‘Summer Culture 2013’ in the message header.
Please submit your proposals before or on Friday 10th May 2013.

The summer school is being organised by Dr. Aphra Kerr, Department of Sociology at NUI Maynooth, and Prof. Barbie Zelizer, Annenberg School for Communication in Philadelphia.
The schedule will be split between the NUI Maynooth campus, Dublin City Centre and fieldtrips outside of Dublin.
The summer school will involve three days per week of lectures and workshops in NUI Maynooth (1-3rd) and (8-10th) of July. On the other days there will be fieldtrips, visits to relevant cultural institutions and time for independent study.

There is no registration fee for the summer school and tea/coffee and lunch will be provided free for all participants.
However, participants are required to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Campus accommodation is available in NUIM and there are other options locally.

Republic of Ireland students will be able to take this summer school for 10 ECTS PhD credits.
Following acceptance students will be sent an enrolment form which they will use to enrol for the course with NUI Maynooth to facilitate credit transfer. These forms need to be returned at the latest one week before the start of the summer school, or Friday 21st June.

Registered PhD students

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