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Irish Chamber

Brexit, Ireland and the Politics of Victimhood

March 11th, 2020 6:45 PM   through   8:00 PM
The University of Melbourne
Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre,
Arts West Building,
Parkville, VIC 3010
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Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Lecture


Brexit is altering the "totality of relationships" on the Irish-British archipelago, perhaps in fundamental ways.  In this lecture, Fintan O’Toole argues that Brexit espouses not just a nationalist narrative of England’s past, but a bizarrely borrowed version of Irish history. At the same time as Ireland has been struggling to transcend a nationalism based on grievance and victimhood, a new English nationalism has emerged that nurtures an (arguably less justified) sense of oppression, shame and of resistance against a supposed colonial master.

Fintan O’Toole is a columnist with The Irish Times and Leonard L. Milberg visiting lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton University. He is the winner of both the Orwell Prize and the European Press Prize for his work on Brexit.

He is currently working on the official biography of Seamus Heaney.

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