Tomorrow is my first day on the job as a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) at Queen’s University Belfast.
ISCTSJ was established in 2012 and is quickly becoming a hub for interdisciplinary research among top scholars at Queen’s. I’m really looking forward to getting to work in what looks like a dynamic and supportive research environment.
Three more new Research Fellows have been hired at ISCTSJ: Fiona Murphy, Julie Norman and Ulrike Vieten.
I’m also excited that Queen’s will be starting a new Master’s in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice this autumn. One of the three streams that students can specialise in fits well with my own expertise: ‘Religion, Society, Peace-building and Conflict.’ The other two themes are ‘Conflict and Transformation’ and ‘Asserting Social Justice, Inclusion and Rights.’ A number of scholarships are available.
My most immediate task will be completing my next book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland, which is under contract with Oxford University Press. At the same time, I will be developing my research on religion and conflict transformation in Northern Ireland and further afield, as well as research on dealing with the past.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank colleagues and students at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. I’ve worked at its Belfast campus for the last nine years, serving as Coordinator of the Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation. It has been a pleasure to learn alongside a number of exceptional students and colleagues.