Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Etudes Irlandaises on Ulster Scots


French journal on Ulster Scots will be launched at Queen’s University on May 29th.

Musical book launch and wine reception.

Institute of Irish Studies, 8 Fitzwilliam Street. 4 .30 pm.


This special issue of Etudes Irlandaises tries to provide the reader with an idea of the ways in which Ulster-Scots fits into the cultural landscape of Northern Ireland today.

It seemed important to move outside the often strident and ultimately sterile register that has characterised much of the discussion on Ulster-Scots, to challenge some of the (largely negative) idées reçues about it and to try to show the extent to which its impact has now gone well beyond the circles of the language enthusiasts to filter out into the broader community through publishing, broadcasting, educational projects, music, etc. The idea was to seek out material which would provide insight into the internal workings of the processes by which the Ulster-Scots cultural agenda is being put in place on the ground. Thus, all of the contributions come from individuals based in Northern Ireland, who at one level or another, have been closely - personally - involved in one or other aspect of this on-going and wide-ranging phenomenon.

It is also important to note that this is the first time an entire volume of essays has been produced on Ulster-Scots in France and indeed in continental Europe. It is hoped that this will contribute to broadening the frame of debate on these issues.


[See book review by Eull Dunlop in Issue 14 of The Ulster Folk]




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