About the Program – in short
This Program is a venture into Mythic History. It is about Exploring the Mythic Roots of Culture over an extremely turbulent century concerning the formation of the Irish State. Our intention is to bring our mythic perspective to the matter by asking what were the powerful mythic and archetypal forces and characters at play at different times.
Why we think this Project is worth doing is because we can draw on the increasing recognition of the centrality of emotion in individual and collective decision making. It is the insight of neuroscience that “people feel before they think’. And in turn cultural myths are invariably the primary determinant of collective emotion. What we intend doing here is to explore the dominant myths at different points of time over the period from the end of the famine to the 1960’s. And as pointed out above there will be a particular focus on ‘trauma’ in its various manifestations. We also intend looking at the marginalised (and silenced) voices.
This Program is inspired by the successful Story of the Story program we ran last year on Zoom where we explored the role and status of Irish Myths at different stages of Irish History. And indeed the increasingly marginal roles they played for much of the colonial period from the 16th Century onwards.