David Slattery presents a hilarious and bizarre account of Irish culture, based on his book ‘How to be Irish’.
Much of Irish history is the celebration of Irish patriots who were largely successful in their contribution to Irish statehood and national identity. However, happily, not everyone in the past could be a successful, politically-minded well-behaved, sober patriotic man. This national history promotes the myth that if you try you will always succeed, even after your death, which is not like ordinary life. There were many in Ireland’s past who worked on broader agendas such as literature and science, fought wars not their own, and were even women. Irish history tends to forget the efforts of those we might describe as failures despite the fact that those who try and fail are often the most interesting amongst us. In this talk, David takes you on a tour of some of the more interesting Irish failures who deserve not to be forgotten just because of their qualities and frailties that make them human like the rest of us!
David Slattery is a full-time writer and an Associate Fellow at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media at The National College of Art and Design in Dublin. He has a Double First in Philosophy and a Masters in the History & Philosophy of Science from University College Cork, Ireland and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. His PhD was published as The End of the Anthropological Self: Foucault in the Trobriand Islands – which is most definitely not popular anthropology, but taught him a lot about the weirdness of culture and was surprisingly good preparation for studying the Irish.
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