On Friday 5 and Saturday 6 February University College Dublin hosted ‘Globalising the Rising’, a two day conference on the international implications of the Easter Rising organised as part of UCD’s ‘Decade of Centenaries’ initiative. Aiming to inform public discourse in advance of the state centenary, it investigated the Rising both from international and interdisciplinary perspectives. By internationalising the Irish experience, this seminal event in modern Irish history was considered in global context. The rising was shaped by transnational forces, including the end of empire, the growth of nationalism, and the First World War. Furthermore, the 1916 Rising was watched closely by radicals and aspirant revolutionaries as far away as India and Russia. By interpreting the Rising from multiple disciplinary perspectives, new avenues of research into the 1916 Rising will be explored. Study of the Rising is by no means confined to historians. Scholars in memory studies, political science, medicine, language, and literary criticism outlined how this event impacts upon their own disciplines and also how their disciplines can advance our understanding of this event.
The conference is free of charge and open to everyone. The papers and panels presented are aimed to be of interest to everyone from school students to specialists. Full details of the programme are available here.