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Borders Intro
Border-Fictions Special Issue 

Amid the Air and Earth

Amid the Air and Earth Intro
Atmospheric States
Stories of the Air / Spéirscéalta
Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary
Wet / Land / Dwellers


Geopower Intro
Self-Organisation Against Injustice

Kin Intro
Becoming Animal
Dolls Play

a place of their own is the art + spatial research practice of Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy. Through art and spatial practice, we interrogate and propose within entanglements of climate, capital, technology and politics. We operate as a collective, a couple, with our children, and through collaborations with others.


Counter-Cartograpy of the Border-Busters, Ireland. 

This project, funded by a British Academy / Leverhulme Small Project grant, will be the first to explore the “Border Busters” phenomena of collective self-organised resistant actions to the politico-spatial colonial border in Ireland during the “Troubles” (1968-1998). The research pilots a counter-cartography of this phenomena, developing a public-facing, web-based, mixed-media digital platform.

In light of what we see as the urgent need to develop new counter-histories of Irish partition as correlativ to dominant colonial narratives, this research responds not only to the overlooked phenomena of "Borde Busters", but also to a resurgent interest in the Irish-British relationship, and questioning of Ireland’ partition (which had it centenary in 2021). The study thus contributes to significant contemporary debates, relevant to cross-community local histories/futures; studies of borders globally; and to contemporar struggles around histories and popular understandings of partition and Empire.  

An Phoblacht/Republican News, 22 September 1994.