SRC Hosts its Fifth Annual ICAS Conference - ‘Human Universals’

Southern Regional College students from the AB English and History course successfully launched their fifth annual Interdisciplinary Conference in Arts and Sciences (ICAS) at the College’s Newry campus recently and was attended by over 100 delegates.

The two-day conference welcomed speakers from a wide range of disciplines ranging from the subject of archaeology to psychology, political philosophy, anthropology and anything else that connects us as a species.


(L-R): Dr. Liz Finnigan - SRC Course Director English and History, Stephen Brookes – SRC Curriculum Area Manager, Professor Patrick Hogan - University of Connecticut, Professor Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos - Yale University, Brian Doran – SRC Chief Executive, Dr. Hany Rashwan - University of Birmingham, Professor Brook Miller - University of Minnesota, Paul Torley – SRC History Lecturer, Carmel Murray – SRC Head of Faculty. *Photo kindly supplied by Columba O'Hare -

Distinguished speakers included Patrick Hogan, distinguished Professor of English at the University of Connecticut. He is an editor of the University of Connecticut’s Literary Universals Project which provides an outlet for research and dialogue on cross-cultural patterns in literature. He is also the author of Literature and Emotion (Routledge: 2018) and Personal Identity and Literature (Routledge: 2019).

The conference also hosted keynote speaker, Professor Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Archaeology at Yale University. Professor Chinchilla Mazariegos specialises in the complex societies of ancient Mesoamerica and is the author of Art and Myth of the Ancient Maya (Yale University Press: 2017) and Imágenes de la Mitología Maya (Universidad Francisco Marroquín: 2011).

Speaking at the conference, Dr. Liz Finnigan, SRC Course Director said;
“We are delighted to host this conference for its fifth consecutive year and the theme of ‘Human Universals’ will be discussed from a range of subject disciplines. We are very fortunate to have a number speakers appear this year from our own NI universities to international universities such as Yale, Connecticut and Minnesota. The staff and students alike are looking forward to an informative and engaging weekend of talks.”

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