Title: Crossing Borders, Retrieving Memories: The History of the Land Border between Ireland and the United Kingdom
Guest speaker: Filomena Louro
Date: 30 September 2021, 12h30-14h00
Venue: Room C0.11A, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
Organisation: University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies | RHOME – Representations of Home project
The concept of land border has taken an important development with events arising from the 2016 Referendum, which asked British subjects the following question: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? This question has triggered a very heated debate proving how limited knowledge British society has of the issues regarding their connections and relations with Ireland. The situation is far from any settled appeasement and the social comments on the media or cultural analysts can only be used as a tentative effort to make sense of what may become a very critical political conundrum. After almost four years passed and the question of closing borders is still unresolved. How do artists measure the tension of this debate and how do they contribute to its resolution?
Maria Filomena Louro graduated from the University of Porto, has an M.A. in English Drama from the University of Essex, reading on John Arden’s trilogy The Island of the Mighty, and a PhD in Theatre Studies from the University of Warwick, where she worked with Clive Barker, with a thesis on the Drama of J.M. Synge. She is Associate Professor at the University of Minho.
Her research interests are Irish Literature and Theatre, and Myths and Legends of Ireland. She translated plays by English and Irish authors for productions in Braga and Porto and has also acted as a cultural advisor in theatre productions with various companies, namely the former TUM – Teatro Universitário do Minho, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Teatro Oficina, Mala Voadora, and Teatro Experimental do Porto. She is a co-founder of EFACIS – European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies.