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SNAS Seminar: Dr. Donagh Horgan

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time)

Event Details

We are very happy to announce the details of the first talk of the Social Network Analysis in Scotland group (SNAS) seminar series 2021-2022.


The first talk of the series is on Tuesday 12th October at 16:00-17:00 UK time. Please see below for more information on the talk, and how to join via Zoom.

Tracing the displacement of Edinburgh's Cowgate: using social networks to identify the hidden legacies of Little Ireland

Presenter: Dr Donagh Horgan (University of Strathclyde, UK)

Tuesday 12th October at 16:00-17:00 UK time

Taking a derive through the underbelly of the festival city of Edinburgh, few signs of the once bustling settlement of Little Ireland remain along the Cowgate. While never a particular welcome diaspora on the East Coast of Scotland the little remains of a once-bustling Irish ghetto – whose families were cleared from the Old Town in successive waves from the end of the nineteenth century. Fleeing famine and persecution at home, a small Irish community built of migrant labour settled within the bowels of the city, meaning that in the ten years between 1862 and 1872 there were 5,688 baptisms at the adjacent St Patrick’s including 617 in the year 1865 alone - an average of 12 baptisms a week.

This presentation will share reflections on attempts to understand the trajectories that befell those who were displaced form the Cowgate - and the fate of their descendants. While a lack of available data remains a challenge to unpack the slum clearances - occurring within a context of bigotry and xenophobia – the tracing of social networks may help identify the hidden legacies of Little Ireland. Creative approaches to the mapping of these networks will be shared as the basis for discussion, inviting feedback form participants as to how to approach the discovery of networks long buried under decades of shame. 

Dr. Donagh Horgan is a researcher, architect and consultant specialising in social innovation, community resilience and placemaking towards more sustainable equitable futures. Using a place-based lens, his research examines holistic and participatory approaches to problem solving in communities. His work promotes interdisciplinary instruments to facilitate stakeholder dialogue, identify insights, and maximise tacit resources for asset-based community development. His current projects relate to policymaking in areas such as smart tourism, community resilience and co-production towards societal transformation. He uses design thinking and creative engagement to probe cultural contexts that are difficult to model using quantitative data alone.


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