The Politics of Conflict and Transformation: Northern Ireland in Comparative Perspective, a conference celebrating the work of Prof Jennifer Todd – 23 Nov, Register Now

I’m excited to be part of a one-day event, “The Politics of Conflict and Transformation: Northern Ireland in Comparative Perspective, a conference celebrating the work of Prof Jennifer Todd,” on Friday 23 November, 9.00 am- 7.00 pm at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin.

The conference is free and open to the public, but you must register to secure a place.

The conference brings together scholars from across Ireland and beyond to celebrate the work of Prof. Jennifer Todd, who is leaving the School of Politics in University College Dublin after nearly 40 years teaching there.  From 1 Sept 2018 she will be based at the UCD Geary Institute.

Jennifer Todd was my Ph.D. supervisor and I could not have had a better mentor and inspiration for my own career.

The theme  is chosen to connect Jennifer Todd’s different research interests and contributions to academic scholarship including the areas ‘The Dynamics of Conflict and Transformation on the Island of Ireland, North and South’, ‘Constructions of Identity’, ‘Borders and Boundaries (including, but not exclusive to Brexit)’ and ‘Comparative Perspectives’.

The conference will conclude by marking the publication of Jennifer Todd’s latest book, Identity Change after Conflict: Ethnicity, Boundaries and Belonging in the Two Irelands.

The full conference schedule is listed below. You can read abstracts for all the papers here.

The Politics of Conflict and Transformation: Northern Ireland in Comparative Perspective, a conference celebrating the work of Prof Jennifer Todd

9.00-9.30: Registration

9.30-9.40: Welcome & Introduction

9.40-11.10: Panel I: The Dynamics of Conflict on the Island of Ireland, North and South (Chair, Karen Trew, QUB)

  • Is a Middle Force Emerging in Northern Ireland?: John Coakley, QUB
  • The Politics of Multiple Majorities in Northern Ireland: Niall Ó Dochartaigh, NUI Galway
  • Praying for Paisley: Religion, Identity and Forgiveness in the Life of Fr Gerry Reynolds: Gladys Ganiel, QUB
  • The Role of Reconciliation in how Conflict Ends: Lessons from Religious Conflict in France and the Republic of Ireland: Joseph Ruane, UCD

11.10-11.30: Tea & Coffee

11.30-1.00: Panel II: Constructions of Identity (Chair: Yvonne Galligan, QUB)

  • Identity Change and Ontological Security: The Challenges of Conflict Resolution: Bahar Rumelili, Koc University
  • Bridge-Builder Feminism and Feminist Identity Politics in Northern Ireland: Theresa O’Keefe, UCC
  • “So are you a Derry girl? Or a Londonderry girl?”: Exploring individual and group regulation of social identity performance in Northern Ireland: Orla Muldoon, Rob Lowe, Claire Campbell, Geoff McCombe, University of Limerick
  • Brexit, the Border, and Constructing a Dual-Identity Future for Northern Ireland: Peter McLoughlin, QUB

1.00-2.00: Lunch

2.00-3.30: Panel III: Borders and Boundaries; including, but not exclusive to Brexit (Chair: John Baker, UCD)

  • Justice Beyond Borders and the Challenge of Substantive Decolonization – Investigating the Irish Case:Shane O’Neill, Keele University
  • Borders of states and boundaries of citizenship: Iseult Honohan, UCD
  • Bordering, Debordering and Rebordering on the Island of Ireland:Cathal McCall, QUB
  • UK Borders and Brexit: a comparative perspective: Katy Hayward,QUB

3.30-3.45: Tea & Coffee

3.45-5.15: Panel IV: Comparative Perspectives (Chair: Stephanie Dornschneider, UCD)

  • Great Nations and Small Empires: Nationalist Movements in Ireland and the Balkans, Siniša Malešević, UCD
  • How do Small States Cope with Open Ethno-National Conflicts involving their “Co-Nationals” – A Comparative Study of Partition Politics of Albania and Ireland, Roland Gjoni, UCD
  • Conflict Management in South Africa and Northern Ireland Compared: Adrian Guelke, QUB
  • From #TogetherforYes to #NiUnaMenos. A comparative analysis of women’s rights movements for reproductive rights and the church-state relationship in Ireland and Argentina: Melanie Hoewer, UCD

5.15-6.15: Wrap-up Panel: Bronagh Hinds (Democrashe), John Doyle (DCU), Duncan Morrow (UU); (Chair: Paul Gillespie, Deputy Director, Institute for British-Irish Studies, UCD)

6.15: Remarks on the publication of Jennifer Todd’s Identity Change after Conflict: Ethnicity, Boundaries and Belonging in the Two Irelands, John Brewer, QUB, Editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s Compromise after Conflict Series, followed by Wine Reception.

Leave a Reply