Scottish-Irish Conversation on Sectarianism, Friday 17 August

250px-ScottishParliamentFrontI’ll be taking part in a panel discussion on Scottish and Irish sectarianism on Friday 17 August at the Edinburgh Politics Festival. The discussion is set for 10-11 am in Committee Room 1 of the Scottish Parliament.

The panel includes:

  • Chair: Professor Cairns Craig OBE FBA FRSE, Glucksman Professor of Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen
  • Professor Barbara Fennell (Aberdeen),
  • Dr Michael Brown (Aberdeen)
  • Dr Gladys Ganiel, Assistant Professor in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, Trinity College, Dublin (Belfast campus of the Irish School of Ecumenics)
  • Rev Dr Alan David Falconer, formerly Minister of the Cathedral Church of St Machar, Aberdeen and a former Director of the Irish School of Ecumenics
  • The eminent historian Professor Richard Finlay (University of Strathclyde).

The Festival of Politics website describes the event like this:

Scotland remains scarred by sectarianism. The story of interfaith relations has been sadly marked by conflict as much as by comprehension. Sectarianism, Politics and the Law forms part of Scottish Irish Conversations on Sectarianism, a series of in-depth discussions designed to extend and exchange knowledge between community leaders, academics and policy makers on this important issue. With repercussions for Scotland, Ireland and beyond, it will provide a venue for dialogue, drawing on the experience of the two countries.

For my part, I want to broaden the discussion beyond individual prejudices and attitudes, focusing on what the experience of Ireland/Northern Ireland can teach us about the socio-structural aspects of sectarianism and how to address them.

(Image: Scottish Parliament)

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