Art & Geopolitical Borders: Contested Sovereignty & Art Practice, MMU, 2015.
"Recently there has been an upsurge in art practices that visualise the tensions and contradictions arising from contemporary borders. However art can also function as a means of disruption and intervention within the established operations and normative meanings of border technologies, and as a site of reparation, where traumatic histories can be negotiated in turn. This one day symposium attempts to address these and related issues". Follow the link below to read my abstract; http://www.art.mmu.ac.uk/events/2015/art-and-geopolitical-borders/
Affective Landscape Conference, University of Derby 2012
Abstract: Landscape, Liminality and Lament “A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary” (Anzaldua 2007) My current visual research explores the overlapping and interwoven histories of the landscape in and around the ‘South Armagh/ Louth Border’ (close to the town of Newry, Northern Ireland, where I grew up). This area is also known as and referred to as ’Gap of the North’ and ‘Bandit Country’. Steeped in history and trauma, the political, physical landscape of the area, active and heroic, is well documented and memorialized. Strategically the area was very important as it marked the route into the Kingdom of Ulster, and the Hill of Faughart was the scene of many important battle. http://www.authorityresearch.net/blog/archives/05-2012_