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Wednesday 3rd – Thursday 4th May 2017

University College Cork

In recent years, the deterioration of the environment and the extent –and frequency– of ecological disasters have increased dramatically, and so have the cultural and creative responses to this ongoing degradation of the natural world. As an academic discipline, ecocriticism provides analytical tools for the examination of cultural responses to environmental concerns. This symposium aims to facilitate the discussion of different forms of engagement with ecocritical matters in relation to Galician and Irish cultural production, including literature, film, visual arts and other forms. 

As part of the symposium, the critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary Os días afogados / The Drowned Days will be screened on Wednesday 3rd May at 6.00 pm. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the film directors Luis Avilés Baquero and César Souto Vilanova, chaired by Laura Linares and Martín Veiga, Irish Centre for Galician Studies, UCC.

May 3rd 6.30pm The Gate Cinema Cork

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The Drowned Days / Os días afogados

2015 / 90 mins / Documentary / Galician language with English subtitles

A powerful documentary from Galicia that explores the role of home made movies in creating a portrait of community under threat.

In 1992, the construction of the Lindoso (Portugal) dam forever flooded the villages Aceredo and Buscalque (Galicia, Spain). Its inhabitants could not save their land and their homes. Knowing that everything was about to be lost, several neighbours took their domestic cameras and started to film. Their footage, filmed since the mid-60s is valuable historical and ethnographic evidence, coloured by their subjectivity and their experiences. The footage is, at the same time, a demonstration of faith in the possibilities of home-made movies as a way to register the time in which we have to live. Beyond the intimate, a portrait of the mechanisms of power is revealed. The tension between the existential and the political, between past time and present reality, determine a story that projects in multiple ways beyond itself. Special guests; the directors César Souto Vilanova and Luis Avilés will present the screening.

In Galician with English subtitles

Tickets on sale here: http://www.onlinecinematickets.com/index.php?s=GATE&p=details&eventCode=31439

Eco-fictions: Emergent Discourses on Woman and Nature in Galicia and Ireland (MINECO-ERDF FEM2015-66937-P)

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Programme

Wednesday 3rd May


Film Screening of Os días afogados / The Drowned Days (Directed by Luis Avilés Baquero and César Souto Vilanova, Amanita Films 2015)

VENUE: Gate Cinema, North Main Street, Cork – 6.30 pm

As part of the symposium, the critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary Os días afogados / The Drowned Days will be screened on Wednesday 3rd May at 6.00 pm. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the film directors Luis Avilés Baquero and César Souto Vilanova, chaired by Laura Linares and Martín Veiga, Irish Centre for Galician Studies, UCC.

Thursday 4th May

VENUE: ORB G27 (CACSSS Seminar Room)

9.00-9.30 Registration and Welcome

Opening address by Helena Buffery (Head of Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies and Acting Vice-Head of CACSSS (Research))

9.30-11.00 Workshop on Ecocriticism by Manuela Palacios (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)

Dr Manuela Palacios, from Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, will offer a theory workshop on Ecocriticism where discussion around the following texts will be encouraged (Please e-mail laura.linares[at]ucc[dot]ie for the password to access the documents):

Pastoral – Terry Gifford

Ecofeminist Literary Criticism: Theory, Interpretation, Pedagogy (Introduction)

Prolegomenon for an Ecofeminist Dialogics

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

 11.30-1.30 Ecocriticism and Poetry

Chair: Laura Linares

Moya Cannon ‘Scríob’ and the Bones of the ‘Dishonoured Dead’

Maureen O’Connor (University College Cork)

The connection between the female body and the environmental discourse in both Irish and Galician women poets.

José-Miguel Alonso-Giráldez (Universidade da Coruña)

Remote Places and Emblems of Entrapment in Luisa Castro’s Baleas e baleas

Martín Veiga (University College Cork)

Ecocritical Encounters in the North: The Poetry of Medbh McGuckian

María Jesús Lorenzo-Modia (Universidade da Coruña)

1.30-2.30 Lunch

2.30-4.00 Ecocritical Discourses

Chair: Martín Veiga

Inscribing Galician Landscapes

Marilar Aleixandre (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)

Chartered Nature: Gardens and Identity in Northern Irish Literature

Jorge Rodríguez Durán (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)

Ecocritical Perspectives on Palaeoecology

Ben Gearey (University College Cork) and Suzi Richer (University of York)

4.00-4.30 Coffee Break

4.30-5.30 Keynote Lecture

The Course of Nature: Ecocritical Readings of Contemporary Irish and Galician Poetry

Manuela Palacios (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)

5.30 – Poetry Reading

Dores Tembrás (Poet)

Galician poet Dores Tembrás will read poems from her chapbook Auga a través (Apiario 2016), which establishes a creative dialogue with the film Os días afogados.

6.30 – Wine Reception

Eco-fictions: Emergent Discourses on Woman and Nature in Galicia and Ireland (MINECO-ERDF FEM2015-66937-P)