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Dealing with Northern Ireland's contested past: 1968 and agonistic remembering

In this guest lecture, Dr Chris Reynolds will explore the agonistic approach to remembering Europe's past.

  • 26 Apr 2018, 1.15pm to 26 Apr 2018, 2.05pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • 1 West North, 2.4, University of Bath
  • This event is free
Black and white city view of Londonderry, Northern Ireland
The paper draws on the case-study of a collaborative venture between Chris Reynolds and Belfast's Ulster Museum on the recalibration of the memory of Northern Ireland's 1968. Image courtesy of grassrootsgroundswell used under CC BY 2.0.

Just as the European project finds itself at a crossroads with an uncertain future, so does Northern Ireland. In both instances, the difficulties in dealing with contested pasts are crucial considerations in helping us make sense of the current impasses.

This research paper will explore the agonistic approach to remembering Europe's past as advanced by Cento Bull and Hansen and explored in the UNREST project as a potentially effective solution for the case of the 'troubled province'.

Drawing on the case-study of a collaborative venture between Chris Reynolds and Belfast's Ulster Museum on the recalibration of the memory of Northern Ireland's 1968, it will be argued that the methodological and theoretical blueprint of this project offers a pertinent and positive test-case for the theory of agonistic remembering. As such, the paper will propose that the approach underpinning this collaboration provides valuable lessons for the broader challenge of dealing with the difficult legacy of Northern Ireland's past as part of the ongoing (and stalled) peace process.

Speaker profiles

Dr Chris Reynolds is a Reader in Contemporary French and European Studies as well as French Subject Leader teaching a wide variety of courses in French and European studies at Nottingham Trent University.

Accessibility

1 West North has level access with a lift available for access to other floors. Access from the Parade through 1 West via automatic, double width doors. Additional entrances on the eastern side of the building and from North Fire Road at the rear.

Location


1 West North, 2.4 University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

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