Literature and Food Sovereignty in Post Celtic Tiger Ireland

Miriam Mara | Associate Professor, School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

Ireland’s geographical status as an island located across physical boundaries of water from mainland Europe in addition to national boundaries has profound effects on the ways agricultural guidelines will inflect the land and its use.

The project will examine Irish agricultural practices and farming policy alongside contemporary literary texts that depict Irish farming practices. It will question the ways European Union (EU) agricultural regulations like the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) cross the borders of Irish traditions in farming.

To better understand food sovereignty in Ireland, the project will filter contemporary Irish literature, Irish policy documents and popular responses to agricultural policy through national and local tensions about food production and consumption in a global context.

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