Joyce Conference – Victoria College, University of Toronto – June 21-25, 2017
Wed, Jun 21, 2017, 9:00 AM –Sun, Jun 25, 2017, 12:00 PM EDT
James Joyce grew up in the shadow of a massive diaspora brought about by the devastating potato famine of the 1840’s, when Ireland lost fully a third of its population to death and forced migration. By the end of the 19th century, 40% of Irish-born people were living elsewhere. The city of Toronto is also marked by that history: relatively small at the time, with a population of only 30,000, at the height of the famine it became a destination for nearly twice that number of Irish men, women and children. Ireland Park, on the quayside at the foot of Bathurst St., created in 2007 as a famine memorial with four sculptures intended by Irish sculptor Rowan Gillespie to complement his Famine figures in Dublin, provides an artistic link between Dublin and Toronto, as if sister cities.
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