The 1916 Rising is the pivotal yet highly contested moment in Irish history when militant republicans sought to seize political power from Britain, and declared - though unsuccessfully in the short term – an independent state. Credited with inspiring independence movements in other former colonies, the Rising has been the subject of histories from the political to the literary. Yet, the rich variety of objects and images associated with the Rising – from buttons and medals to souvenir postcards – have not formed a focus of academic research. This volume of essays will examine the material and visual culture of the Rising to consider how these illuminate changing ways of engaging with and understanding this iconic event. Family keepsakes such as autograph books from Frongoch internment camp, informal souvenirs such as pieces of rubble from Dublin’s General Post Office, and ‘official’ souvenirs such as photo booklets each played a significant role in the construction of individual and collective memory. In placing material and visual culture centre stage, this book will examine how the spaces, objects and images associated with the Rising are caught up in processes of identity production in both public and private space as changing socio-political conditions generated new understandings of 1916 and its aftermath. It addresses the ‘things’ of 1916 not as mere illustrations of history, but as having agency and effect on material practices central to contested concepts of identity and the creation of social memory.
Contributors: Nicholas Allen, Director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and Franklin Professor of English, University of Georgia Mary Ann Bolger, Lecturer in Design History and Critical Theory, School of Art, Design and Printing, Dublin Institute of Technology Joanna Brück, Reader in Archaeology, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol Justin Carville, Lecturer in Historical and Theoretical Studies in Photography, Dept. of Art and Design, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire Ciara Chambers, Lecturer in Film Studies, School of Media, Film and Journalism, University of Ulster Pat Cooke, Director of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, University College Dublin Elizabeth Crooke, Professor of Heritage and Museum Studies, School of Creative Arts and Technologies, University of Ulster Brian Crowley, Curator of the Pearse Museum, Dublin Jack Elliott, Associate Member, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick Orla Fitzpatrick, PhD researcher, University of Ulster Lisa Godson, Lecturer in History of Design and Material Culture (National College of Art and Design) Brian Hand, artist and Lecturer in Art and Design, Wexford Campus School of Art and Design, Institute of Technology Carlow Daniel Jewesbury, Lecturer in Film, School of Media, Film and Journalism, University of Ulster. Lar Joye, Curator of Military History, National Museum of Ireland Róisín Kennedy, Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Irish Art, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin Brenda Malone, Historian, Registration, National Museum of Ireland Catherine Marshall, Head of Collections, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 1995-2006; co-editor, vol. V, Art and Architecture of Ireland (to be launched November 2014). Laura McAtackney is an historical/contemporary archaeologist based at the School of Social Justice, University College Dublin Bill Mc Cormack was Professor of Literary History at Goldsmiths College, University of London until 2002 and subsequently served as Keeper of the Edward Worth Library, Dublin Franc Myles, Senior Archaeologist, Archaeology and Built Heritage, Smithfield, Dublin Hilary O’Kelly, Lecturer in Design History, National College of Art and Deisgn Damian Shiels, Conflict Archaeologist, Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd., Co. Cork Elaine Sisson, Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture, Faculty of Film, Art and Creative Technologies, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire Jane Tynan, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
Reviews'This important book explores the material and visual culture around the Rising. Lisa Godson and Joanna Brück have assembled essays from 23 contributors to comment on a plethora of objects, clothes, photographs, paintings, documents and buildings that provide us with a new set of angles on the events that convulsed Ireland 100 years ago.'
Catriona Crowe, The Irish Times
'This is an insightful and well-edited anthology, which offers material and ideas not available elsewhere.'
'A short review cannot do justice to the variety of topics in and quality of contributors to Making 1916. The decision to have short case studies gives the volume a lively energy and it bursts with ideas and insights...it is a real achievement to have created a book of essays of such substance and originality.'
Australasian Journal of Irish Studies