Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society

Project

The New Interculturalism: Race, Gender, Immigration and Performance in Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland

Project Description

My project, “The New Interculturalism: Race, Gender, Immigration and Performance in Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland,” argues that theatre and performance are at the center of conceptualizing interculturalism as social policy and aspiration in contemporary Ireland. Theories of interculturalism in theatre and performance studies overlap with the goals of what I call Irish social interculturalism. Social interculturalism is a state managerial set of policies that refer to the process of inventing a new pluralistic Irish identity. I trace how debates over race, gender and citizenship determine claims to interculturalism not only for immigrants, or the “new Irish,” but also for Irish-born residents of the nation in order to untangle the relationship between Irish social and aesthetic interculturalisms.

I use performance in theatre, festival, visual arts projects and everyday life to document how changing paradigms of citizenship and Irishness depend upon embodiment and performance not only as metaphors but participates in the reinvention of these terms. I focus on “New Irish” theatre artists including Bisi Adigun and Ursula Rani Sarma, as well as community arts groups such as the St. Patrick’s Festival’s City Fusion and Upstate Theatre Project, and explore the Irish Traveller experience through the theatre of Rosaleen McDonagh and Michael Collins. Using ethnography, interviews and archival methods, I demonstrate that despite the progressive intents of organizers, many of these projects reinscribe relationships of power by reiterating top-down models of interculturalism.

Project Details

Principal Investigator:

Charlotte McIvor (NUIG)

Co-Investigators:

 

External Partners:

 

Dates:

Sept. 2009-present

Grant Source:

N/A

Grant Amount:

N/A

Project Outputs

Publications related to the project:

2011 “Staging the ‘New Irish’: Interculturalism and the Future of the Post-Celtic Tiger Irish Theatre,” Modern Drama 54:3, Fall 2011, pp. 310-332.

2011 “Essences of Social Change: City Fusion, Interculturalism and the Dublin’s St. Patrick Day in the ‘new’ Ireland,” Public, Issue 45: Art and Civic Spectacle, Fall 2012.

Forthcoming, “White Irish Male Playwrights and the Immigrant Experience Onstage,” in Celtic Others: Irish Literary Representations of the Migrant, edited by Pilar Vilair-ArgŠiz, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
 
Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society