Fri 3 Jun

Hospitable Bodies

The Casement Symposium

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Sir Roger Casement, a fanatical Irish protestant, came to see us, remaining some two days our guest. He was a very handsome man with a thick, dark beard and piercing, restless eyes. His personality impressed me greatly. It was about the time when he was interested in bringing to light certain atrocities, which were taking place in the Belgian Congo. Who could foresee his own terrible fate during the war as he stood in our drawing room passionately denouncing the cruelties he had seen?"Jessie Conrad 

A hundred years after the execution of Roger Casement, Hospitable Bodies: The Casement Symposium brings together academics and artists to discuss the body and the nation, particularly in relation to Casement's legacy and the work of contemporary artists.  Curated by choreographer, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, the symposium programme will weave together lectures and discussions with work-in-progress from The Casement Project stage performance
Speakers include: 

The Casement Project is a major component of the national and international Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme and also part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s First World War Centenary Cultural Programme.

Please note this event takes place at The British Library, Foyle Suite, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB


10:00 - 10:05                  Welcome: Fearghus Ó Conchúir

10:05 - 10:15                  Introduction: Ian McBride

10:15 - 11:45                  Panel 1: Roger Casement in 1916

Looking at the historical context of Casement, using academic input primarily. (Moderator: Roy Foster)

4 X 15 min paper + 30 minute panel discussion

                                     Gerry Kearns

                                     Caitríona Crowe

                                     Jeffrey Dudgeon

                                     Lucy McDiarmid (video presentation)


At The Place Theatre, 17 Dukes Road London, WC1H 9PY

12:15 - 13:00                The Casement Project - Work in Progress

13:00 - 14:30                 Lunch 

At The Foyle Suite, the Centre for Conservation, British Library, 96 Euston Road. London NW12DB

14:30 - 16:00                            Panel 2: 2016 and Casement

Artists and the hospitable body: how might Casement’s legacy connect with the work of artists re-imagining the bodies of the nation?

4 X 15 min presentation + 30 minute panel discussion

                            Indhu Rubasingham (Artistic Director of Tricycle, confirmed)

                            Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones (artists, confirmed)

                            Jaime Beddard (Co Artistic Director of Diverse City, confirmed)

                            David Rudkin, playwright

The Casement Project is produced by Fearghus Ó Conchúir in association with Project Arts Centre. It is a National Project supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, and its London presentation is supported by Culture Ireland, as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. It is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. It is made possible by the generosity of Dr R. Martin Chávez and is supported by Dance Ireland and The Place.

Times: 10am - 5pm
Venue: at The Place

This event is part of Spring 16

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