A Chairde, 
I trust that this finds you all well in the face of a very difficult global crisis. 

After much deliberation (and with great disappointment) based on Government directives in South Africa in collaboration with the GID2020 local committee in Durban, we have made the decision to cancel this year's congress.
We are still hoping that the Congress will go ahead in 2021 around the same time.
I wish you all good health at this time.
Le gach dea-ghuí

Regina Uí Chollatáin

Ollamh Sinsearach/ Cathaoir na Nua-Ghaeilge
Senior Professor / Chair of Modern Irish and Literature

Ceann na Scoile, UCD Scoil na Gaeilge, an Léinn Cheiltigh agus an Bhéaloidis
Head of School, UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore


I-Ireland ibhekene bukhoma ne-Afrika

Welcome! Céad míle fáilte! Siyakwemukela!

1 – 4 July, 2020

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Join us at the Second Global Irish Diaspora Congress in Durban, South Africa, in July 2020 and be part of what promises to be the largest Irish event ever held on African soil!

The congress will take place at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus in Durban.
Delegates have the opportunity to stay at a beachfront hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean and will receive complimentary morning and evening bus transfers between these hotels and the campus. Discover more about the vibrant city of Durban here. The content of congress papers will cover the global Irish diaspora, especially showcasing links between Ireland and Africa as never before. Find out more about some of these links here.

Durban City Hall

This second Global Irish Diaspora Congress is modelled on the successful inaugural congress held at University College, Dublin, in 2017. featured a wide range of papers relating the global Irish diaspora – from Africa to South America and North America to the Pacific islands – to the contexts of history, archaeology, art, cultural studies, genealogy and language. Send us an abstract of your proposed paper as soon as possible.

To complement the academic programme, a calendar of events is being planned to include a tour of ‘Green Durban’, a congress dinner, social evenings and a post-conference tour of sites with Irish links in the KwaZulu-Natal battlefield region. Read more here.

The Global Irish Diaspora Congress 2020 will take place in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa from 1-4 July 2020. There is a rich Irish history to this province due to the Irish involvement in the Anglo-Boer War and the Anglo-Zulu war.

This is shown on this page by the picture of Durban City Hall, based on the plans for Belfast City Hall in Northern Ireland,

and (above) the landscape around the drift at Rorke's Drift, named after trader, farmer and ferryman James Rorke (left), site of the famous Anglo-Zulu war battle. Professor Donal McCracken discusses the meanings attached to battlefields and war memorials with UKZN honours students in media and communication (right).


Professor Donal McCracken speaks on the Irish in Africa at GIDC2017 at UCD.

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