EFACIS, the European Federation of Associations and Conferences of Irish
Studies, is very pleased to announce the launch of The Irish Itinerary
Podcast. This is the latest innovation to our longstanding Irish
Itinerary circuit which organizes live events with Irish authors and
artists in university cities and towns all over Europe. To meet the
challenges of the Corona pandemic, we’ll go digital for now. The Irish
Itinerary Podcast will allow Irish authors and artists active on the
island of Ireland to present their work online. Hosted by leading Irish
Studies scholars from across the expansive European network of EFACIS,
the readings and performances of Irish authors and artists will be
integrated into interviews. This approach will reaffirm and further our
EFACIS commitment to marrying Irish culture and scholarship in the field
of Irish Studies.
We believe that in times of Corona and other forms of retrenchment in
Europe, the role of the arts and the role of scholarship in the
humanities to excite, delight, enlighten and connect people as well as
to scrutinize, broaden and challenge our experiences, is more vital than
ever. In this spirit, the Irish Itinerary Podcast seeks to contribute to
transnational dialogues, conversations and discussions.
The first episode of The Irish Itinerary Podcast sees EFACIS president
Professor Katharina Rennhak of the University of Wuppertal in
conversation with award-winning Belfast author Jan Carson. Each
subsequent episode will be published online on a fortnightly basis. The
episodes will remain online and available for streaming and download via
our website www.efacis.eu/podcast, as well as on Spotify.
We very much hope you can join us on the Irish Itinerary for the first
episode, and indeed for every episode thereafter!
We thank Gerry Smyth for allowing us to use his tune ‘Coming Through
Sligo’ as jingle and want to express our sincere gratitude to Culture
Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Irish
College Leuven for their continued and generous support of EFACIS and
all formats of the Irish Itinerary.