Activities

ONLINE COURSE: Decolonizing relationality in Ireland: unravelling whiteness and Irish identity

What does ‘Irishness’ mean? How was this identity woven? What would it look like to unravel it?

How does the culture of white supremacy operate through all of us in modern society to maintain systems that are destructive to all planetary life?

Why are whiteness and white supremacy something we should be concerned about in efforts to reconnect with the land and ancestral Gaelic lifeways?

What does it mean to reclaim our ‘indigeneity’ as modern people in white Anglocentric Irish society? Can or should it even be done?

In what ways can we become accountable to our position as both colonised and coloniser in Ireland?

What does the process of decolonization actually look like in the Irish context (being aware of the word’s misuse as metaphor)?

These are some of the questions we will explore throughout this course (and more!)

PODCAST: Ireland Beyond Colonialism

The Ireland Beyond Colonialism podcast seeks to bring together diverse perspectives on how colonialism & coloniality manifest in our lives, and projects being pursued that express a different way of being. It covers many broad topics including: racism & white supremacy, colonialism, Irish history, Gaelic culture, mythology, climate breakdown, decolonization, anti-capitalism, queerness & gender issues, herbalism & foraging, spirituality & religion, and more as we see fit!

The podcast is released on a monthly basis and can be supported through our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tuiscintnatalun

The podcast is available on most podcast platforms like Google, Apple etc.

SEMINAR: Introduction to a decolonial approach to Ireland's ancient culture and landscapes

The seminar is centred on discussions around the ways in which colonial modernity (as the world system we live within) has disenchanted the world and disconnected humanity from the concept of ‘nature’. In Western colonial culture, ‘nature’ is seen to be out there beyond society, away from humans, as something to be managed and controlled either for resources, development, or conservation. Breaking down this illusion that we are somehow separate from nature, or the land, is a critical task at this juncture for us as a species as we face the growing material realities of our own extinction driven by the unsustainability of our sociopolitical present. Climate breakdown and the global pandemic of COVID-19 have made the deep instability of modern life ever more apparent, with both of these processes being by-products of how global colonial culture treats ‘nature’. As our ancestors’ lifeways were inherently more ‘sustainable’ than ours, establishing a reconnective relationship with them may serve us well as a creative process for re-establishing the community that once existed between people and the living world. This is not to seek a return to the past, but to build from ancient wisdoms in order to shape a society based on values that fundamentally respect and love the Earth and all of the more-than-human worlds around us. In Ireland we are fortunate to have a rich and ancient cultural heritage that has not been so completely lost to the storm of progress and development. We have a choice in how we deal with our ancestral cosmologies: they are not elusive, dead, nor irrelevant. We can position ourselves as part of a continuing ancestral story in dialogue with the many other stories of the land. The task is to find ways of navigating out of harmful modern/colonial thought processes, and remember the ways of attuning our senses to the land through ancestral wisdom.