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What is a Republic?

March 27, 2016

Following the commemoration – argument.



Maynooth University May 23 2016

An occasion of definitional controversy inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 1916 proclamation

1916 is not merely a nationalist commemoration but a republican one also.  The signatories of the 1916 proclamation committed themselves not merely to Irish national sovereignty but to a particular tradition of sovereignty – a republican tradition.  Any commemoration of 1916 therefore demands a commitment to a better understanding of what people have tried to communicate by words such as “republic” and “republican” and the extent to which these international and historical invocations can claim meaningful continuity and contemporary relevance.

Historians, political scientists, philosophers, literary scholars, musicians, artists, art historians, linguists, and anybody else interested in the distinctive appeal of a republican set of claims and entitlements  should find a way to contribute to this occasion, which will also provide an opportunity to reflect on the…

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