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Irish Studies Symposium

September 22-23, 2006, Ottawa

To further address growing interest in the field of Irish-Canadian studies, and to showcase our national and international partnerships with leading figures in this field, Library and Archives Canada will host an Irish Studies Symposium in September 2006. The symposium will be open to the general public on Saturday, September 23, at the University of Ottawa Residential Complex, 90 University Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario.

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This free event will bring together specialists in Irish-Canadian studies from across Canada and Ireland, as well as resource specialists from Library and Archives Canada, the National Archives of Ireland, and Parks Canada. The symposium will provide an opportunity for fruitful dialogue between specialists and the public, and will encourage greater access to sources of information on Irish-Canadian history and culture at Library and Archives Canada and the National Archives of Ireland.

Updated: September 13, 2006

Friday, September 22 - Guests' tour and reception (by invitation only)

1:00-3:00 p.m.
Tour of Library and Archives Canada Preservation Centre (LACPC)

3:00-3:30 p.m. Break, Refreshments (provided)

3:30-5:00 p.m. Opening Session at LACPC, Room 5P20: Origins, Identities, Images
Chair: Amy Tector, Literary Arts Section, Library and Archives Canada

Cormac O’Grada, University College Dublin
The 1901 and 1911 Censuses: A Unique Source for Historians
Michele Holmgren, Mount Royal College, Calgary
More Than "Casual Interest" or "Casual Pity": Canadian Memoirs of Belfast
Peter Hart, Memorial University of Newfoundland
The IRA and Its Archives

5:00-6:00 p.m. Cocktails & Welcome Reception (foyer GPC)

6:00-8:00 p.m. Dinner

Saturday, September 23 - Public sessions at University of Ottawa Residential Complex, 90 University Avenue

Note: The majority of our sessions will be conducted in English only.

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Doors open

9:00 a.m. Official Welcome
Ian Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada

9:00-10:30 a.m. SESSION I: Memory, Materials, Media
Chair: Paul Birt, University of Ottawa

Elizabeth Grove-White, University of Victoria
“Let Erin Remember:”  Collective Memory and  Diasporic Identity
Jim Burant, Visual Heritage Division, Library and Archives Canada
The Visual Record of Irish Immigration in the 19th century
Mark Duncan, Research Consultant, National Archives of Ireland
'…an unbearable truthfulness'? : Picturing Dublin in 1911

10:30-11:00 a.m. Break, Refreshments (provided)

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. SESSION II: Migration, Emigration, Immigration
Chair: Robert McIntosh, Canadian Archives and Special Collections, Library and Archives Canada

Kevin James, University of Guelph
Heading Home: Deportation from Canada to Ireland Before 1922
Paul Rouse, University College Dublin
People and Place: Dublin in 1911
Bruce Elliott, Carleton University
Settlement patterns and Old World origins: the Canadian Irish in the Atlantic economy

12:30 -2:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)

2:00-3:30 p.m. SESSION III: Diaspora, Diplomacy and the State
Chair: Richard Brown, Government Records Branch, Library and Archives Canada

Liam Kennedy, Queen's University, Belfast
Belfast in 1911
David A. Wilson, University of Toronto
The Fenians in Canada
Jo-Anick Proulx, Parks Canada Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site
Grosse-Île, la station de quarantaine

3:30-4:00 p.m. Break, Refreshments (provided)

4:00-5:30 p.m. SESSION IV: Round Table - Directions in Irish Studies
Chair: Marianne McLean, Strategic Policy, Library and Archives Canada

Peter Toner, University of New Brunswick
Mark McGowan, University of Toronto
Cecil Houston, University of Windsor
Michael Kenneally, Concordia University
Pádraig Ó Siadhail, Saint Mary's University

5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
Catriona Crowe, Senior Archivist, National Archives of Ireland


The sessions on Saturday, September 23 are free and open to the public. To confirm your attendance or to request more information, please contact us by phone at 613-947-5887 or through at

LAC gratefully acknowledges the support of the University of Ottawa. []

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