Title: Barrett in the West of Ireland 2019: Galway, Connemara, and the Aran Islands

Description: In this one-credit, one-week intensive program students will begin to understand how a specific geographical region is turned into a “place,” a symbolic landscape that resonates with meanings for individuals, groups, and nations. Our focus is the province of Connaught in the West of Ireland, which was the locus of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s. By the early 20th century, however, this same region was celebrated by the nascent tourist industry, Irish writers, and cultural nationalists for its pre-historic ruins and scenic beauty. As the Famine receded from view, other imagined landscapes vied with each other for authority in the West of Ireland. Following the routes of 19th-century travelers, students will experience a pre-historic landscape that connects modern Ireland to the Bronze Age in the Aran Islands; they will view the “picturesque” natural scenery that has underpinned Irish tourism and generated necessary revenue for almost two centuries; and in the Connemara region of County Galway they will glimpse a ruined landscape featuring workhouses, mass graves, emigration ports, a ‘West of Ireland’ that has only recently begun to be uncovered in an explicit, self-conscious way. In the end, we will have to see ourselves as the tourists of a catastrophe and come to grips with the questions that our very presence as “famine tourists” in 2019 in the West of Ireland raises. We will be based in Kinlay Hostel in the center of the cosmopolitan city of Galway. Day trips to the Aran Islands and various sites in Connemara will be followed by evening theatrical and musical events. 

Dates: Travel (May 10-17, 2019); Online Instruction (April 1-30, 2019)

Program Fee: $2195

Application Deadline: November 15, 2018

Course: HON-394: West of Ireland (one credit)

For Further Information: Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Meloy at Elizabeth.Meloy@asu.edu

Program Brochure/Application

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