2020 GLOBAL IRISH DIASPORA CONGRESS
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!
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.