Brexit raises many important issues for Ireland and its future, north and south. However, the debate to date has been excessively narrow and has focused almost exclusively on economic and institutional issues. There has been no public discussion about the social and cultural dimension to Ireland’s membership of the European Union or what kinds of cultural practices or policies it might need to develop in a post-Brexit Europe. This is all the more regrettable given that one of the most powerful driving forces in xenophobic nationalist movements across Europe has been the privileging of nationalist identity, presented as ethnocentric and exclusivist.
In Ireland we need to take the matter of culture seriously if we are to develop an inclusive and diverse post-Brexit European identity. The proposed seminar will examine this neglected question and look to making culture a central element in public debates and policy planning in the coming months and years.
- 12.30pm: Welcome remarks by Deike Potzel, Ambassador of Germany to Ireland, and Stéphane Crouzat, Ambassador of France to Ireland.
- 1.00pm: Keynote lecture, 'Beyond the Market:who are we now?', Prof. Nicholas Boyle (FBA), Emeritus Schröder Professor of German, University of Cambridge.
- 2.15pm: Panel discussion: Noelle O'Connell, Executive-Director of European Movement Ireland; Peter Millar, journalist; Dr Mary Canning, RIA Brexit taskforce and Prof. David Johnston, Queen's University Belfast. Chair, Prof. Marian Lyons, Maynooth University.
- 4.00pm: World Café dialogue with participants
- 5.30pm: Wine Reception
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