[Events] CGDE Thursday Lunchtime Spring Seminar Series Thursday 4th February @ 1pm in G08

Mags.Liddy Mags.Liddy at staffmail.ul.ie
Wed Feb 3 11:54:25 GMT 2010


 



 

Spring Lunch Time Seminar Series

Venue: Mary Immaculate College. Room G08: Time: 1.10pm.

 

Thurs 4th February : 'In Search of an African Perspective - the Concept
of 'Tribe' in Ireland and Europe' by Dr. Cathy Swift, Department of
History, Mary Immaculate College.

 

Light Lunch will be available -  All  are Welcome

 

Abstract: 

 

In the days coming up to the Easter Rising, the historian and leader of
the Volunteers, Professor Eoin Mac Neill, engaged in a heated debate on
the nature of the word 'tribe'. He believed that it was inherently a
pejorative and dismissive term which represented no clearly definable
political construct or community and he took great exception to the way
in which English legal historians (in particular) tended to use it to
describe the social structures of pre-Norman Ireland. A hundred years
later, it is clear that Mac Neill failed to convince even the small band
of Old Irish language scholars of the validity of his arguments.  In
this paper, I look at some of the evidence for 'tribes' in early Irish
history and their counterparts in Germanic and Anglo-Saxon cultures as
well as some of the contexts in which the word is used in modern
parlance and ponder what such usage implies about intercultural
relationships. 

 

Bio: 

 

Dr Cathy Swift is a lecturer attached to the History Department in Mary
Immaculate College. She has a Double First from University College
Dublin in History and Archaeology, a Master's in Archaeology from the
University of Durham, another in Early Irish language and literature
from Trinity College and a doctorate from the University of Oxford. She
has worked as a lecturer in Oxford, UCD, TCD, NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway,
the University of Liverpool and the University of Melbourne. Her
research interests are in the broad area of pre-Norman Ireland and Irish
culture with specialisms in Irish church history, ogam stones, the high
kings of Tara and Scandinavian settlement   

 

 

             

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