Monuments Matter



Monuments Matter is a series of panels curated by council member, Dr Colleen Thomas for the RSAI.
The series features experts in heritage from Ireland and abroad, creating a discussion space around the roles of monuments in identity, commemoration and public life in the 21st century.
The series will take place on Zoom every second Wednesday evening from May 5th 2021, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost €20 for the series or €5 per panel and will be available from Wednesday 21/04/21 via the links below.

RSAI Monuments Matter Online Series


Theme 1: Monuments in 2021 – Global Themes and Irish Perspectives, sets the tone by considering monuments in a global context. International experts are invited to respond to the recent focus on monuments as material manifestations of past ideologies.


Panel 1: Public Monuments and Conflicted Pasts, 5 May 2021 | 7.30pm

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Series Launch: Malcolm Noonan, Minister of State at Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Chair: Philip Ward-Jackson, formerly Conway Librarian at the Courtauld Institute and author of Public Sculpture of the City of London, 2003

•Prof. Kathleen James-Chakraborty, UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy,

Exhibiting Values in Public Space

•Dr Ian Morley, Chinese University of Hong Kong Department of History,

Understanding Ourselves with Monuments: The Value of Context

•Prof. Paula Murphy, UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy,

Removing the Evidence – the Rejection of Public Monuments in Dublin


Theme 2: Monuments and Irish Contexts, brings the focus back to Ireland by considering monuments that commemorate conflicted pasts and the community and policy responses to them.


Panel 2: Famine Memorials, 19 May 2021 | 7.30pm

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Chair: Prof. Mary E. Daly, Emeritus Professor of History at University College Dublin, past President of the Royal Irish Academy

•Dr Emily Mark-Fitzgerald, UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy,

Irish Famine Memorials

•Prof Cormac Ó Gráda, UCD School of Economics,

Famine Monuments and Famine Memories

•Dr Andrew Newby, University of Helsinki Department of Cultures Centre for Nordic Study,

“Not Even A Simple Wooden Cross”: Searching for Memorials to Finland’s “Great Hunger



Panel 3: Cross-Carved Stone Monuments, 2 June 2021 | 7.30pm

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Chair, Nancy Edwards, Professor Emerita of Medieval Archaeology at Bangor University and author of the multi-volume A corpus of early medieval inscribed stones and stone sculpture in Wales (2007, 2013)

•Dr Megan Henvey, University of York Department of History of Art,

The Contexts of the Northern Crosses

•Ms Ana Dolan, Senior Architect Office of Public Works,

The Future Conservation of the Crosses

•Dr Mark Hall, Collections Officer Perth Museum & Art Gallery,

Monumental Lifeways: Biographical Trajectories on Early Medieval Pictish Sculpture


Theme 3: Monuments – 21st Century Heritage, looks at contemporary approaches to monuments as objects of cultural heritage.


Panel 4: Monuments and Community Identity, 16 June 2021 | 7.30pm

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Chair: Rachel Moss, Associate Prof. of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin, author of Art and Architecture of Ireland: Vol. I Medieval (2014)

•Dr Sally Foster, University of Stirling History, Heritage and Politics Division,

‘The human story’: social value, biography and carved stones

•Ms Pauline Gleeson, National Monuments Service,

Sense and Stability: Supporting communities and custodians in the care and conservation of archaeological monuments

•Ms Michael Ann Bevivino, Discovery Programme and University College Dublin School of Art History and Cultural Policy, Replicating the Crosses of Kells


Panel 5: Digitising the Past, 30 June 2021 | 7.30pm

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Chair: Lynda Mulvin, Professor of Art History, University College Dublin and UCD Digital Cultures Strand Leader

•Ms Lorna Elms, National Museum of Ireland Project Development Officer, The Irish Community Archive Network: supporting communities to digitise the(ir) past

•Dr Laila Kitzler Åhfeldt, Swedish National Heritage Board Senior Researcher, Ancient Images and Everlasting Runes – 3D-documentation of Swedish Runestones and Picture Stones

•Prof. Wim Hupperetz, director Allard Pierson – the collections of the University of Amsterdam – Digital curation of heritage collections: practice and prophecies