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Time-sensitive for Concordia students and auditors: we recommend that you register for your Winter 2024 courses this week as courses that are under-enrolled may be cancelled.
November 13, 2023
By School of Irish Studies

Inhabiting the Irish Landscape: Irish Cultural Geography
IRST 398 Sec. AA / GEOG 398 Sec. AA
Schedule: Mondays 17:45-20:15

How have people inhabited, interacted with, and shaped the Irish landscape over time? This course investigates the relationship between people and the Irish landscape across Ireland’s four provinces: Leinster, Ulster, Munster, and Connacht. Students will examine lived environments through core themes in cultural geography, including urbanity and rurality, gender and sexuality, migration, and identity. Lectures will draw on a range of materials to explore and learn about Ireland’s cultural geography, including relevant documentaries and films, music records, and podcasts, as well as virtual maps and online walking tours. Students will have opportunities to communicate their knowledge of Irish cultural geography in multiple ways, such as through visual/sonic analysis of maps and independent research.

Some interactive aspects of this course:

Guest visit from Irish-Canadian artist whose work was featured in the Museum of Fine Art’s Du Musée Avenue last year 
• Walking tour of Irish Montreal
• Film screenings at DeSeve Cinema


Cultural Geographies of the Irish Night
IRST 398 Sec. BB / GEOG 398 Sec. BB
Schedule: Wednesdays 17:45-20:15

The Irish night is shaped by cultural, political, and economic forces. Drawing on the emerging field of ‘night studies’, this course considers the contemporary development of ‘night space’ in Ireland. This includes the night-time economy (for example, policies on closing times, gig-economies, transportation, and extended closures of cultural spaces during the Covid-19 pandemic) as well as ‘night culture’ (for example, the development of major nocturnal events, including Ireland’s ‘Culture Night’, as well as night-time street art galleries and music festivals). We’ll examine how systems of power operate within the Irish night, asking how access – and at times lack of access – to night spaces shape geographic processes, including gentrification, migration, gender (in)equity, and employment. The course will draw on a range of multi-media materials and diverse case studies, as well as virtual and in-person visits from night studies scholars and community activists. As part of the course, students will attend Montréal en Lumière, to examine how nocturnal culture is presented, experienced, and shaped in different urban environments.

Some interactive aspects of this course:

• Involvement in Montreal’s Nuit Blanche city-wide event
• Guest talks from Irish key speakers, including the activist group ‘Give us the night’, organizers of Culture Night Dublin and a Night Major from Ireland
• Visit and talk in an Irish pub
• A haunted walk in Montreal

Other available Irish Studies courses
(no prerequisites and open to all Concordia students and senior auditors)

• The Global Irish (IRST 303 Sec. AA)
• Sexualities in the Irish Diaspora (IRST 304 Sec. A)
• Irish Traditional Music in Canada (IRST 373 Sec. A)
• Contemporary Irish Literature (IRST 398 Sec. F)

You can find descriptions of these courses here.

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