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Wor(l)d(l)y: Irish Culture through Accents, Theatre, and Rhetoric

By Michaela Vitagliano [Visiting Student Blogger]

“When you go back for Christmas you’ll have to tell people you shook hands with Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Ireland’s Prime Minister),” my host family advises me.

“Ah, but I only saw him at the Gingerman Bar” I try to explain, until I’m cut off with a laugh and a knowing, “but they won’t know. The Irish way is to embellish a story!”

I’ve always been drawn to stories – not just what they say, but how. When traveling to a new country, I am eager to hear stories – legends, folklore, and historical events—that are part of a country’s culture. Indeed, learning a culture or another person’s identity is inextricably tied to narratives. Just think of the question, “So, what’s your story?”, prompting one to forge a coherent narrative in order to ultimately connect and communicate with others.

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Volunteering at the Synaesthesia and Cross-modal Perception Conference

By Cormac Begley (2nd Year Psychology Student)

Last week I volunteered at the Synaesthesia and Cross-modal Perception Conference which was being hosted in The Lloyd. By ‘volunteered’ I mean I helped set up posters and upload various speakers’ presentations to the communal laptop. It wasn’t terribly demanding work so I had the opportunity to sit in most of the talks and be educated on all things synaesthesia. Although defining synaesthesia can be tricky (Simner, 2012)* the UK Synaesthesia Association describes it as “a ‘union of the senses’ whereby two or more of the five senses that are normally experienced separately are involuntarily and automatically joined together”. Synaesthetes may see colours when they hear sounds or read words, or experience other combinations of tastes, smells and tactile experiences.

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