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Northern Ireland Culture Wars (part 6) – Enhancing understanding in NI civil society – concluding plenary

Fri 13 December 2013, 12:00pm

Tweet The last of six posts shared by the organisers of a symposium exploring the “Northern Ireland Culture Wars” on Friday 22 November at the University of Ulster, Belfast. - – - The symposium was brought to a close with a lively and passionate plenary provided by some of the leading actors shaping debates about […] more »

Northern Ireland Culture Wars (part 5) – Youth, Education & Social Change panel with Siobhán McAlister & John Peto

Fri 13 December 2013, 8:30am

Tweet The fifth of six posts shared by the organisers of a symposium exploring the “Northern Ireland Culture Wars” on Friday 22 November at the University of Ulster, Belfast. - – - This year President Obama addressed an audience of young people in Belfast in a positive upbeat speech, telling them that, “you are the […] more »

Northern Ireland Culture Wars (part 4) – Culture, Politics & Society panel with Jon Tonge, Marisa McGlinchey, Catherine McGlynn & Gavin Hart

Thu 12 December 2013, 8:30am

Tweet The fourth of six posts shared by the organisers of a symposium exploring the “Northern Ireland Culture Wars” on Friday 22 November at the University of Ulster, Belfast. - – - Cultural contestation has been the inevitable outworking of the parking of the constitutional question in Northern Ireland. This has significant implications for how […] more »

Northern Ireland Culture Wars (part 3) – Memory and Cuture with Dom Bryan, Orla Muldoon & Jim McAuley

Wed 11 December 2013, 8:30am

Tweet The third of six posts shared by the organisers of a symposium exploring the “Northern Ireland Culture Wars” on Friday 22 November at the University of Ulster, Belfast. - – - History, memory and commemoration play a central cultural role in societies throughout the world. Acts of collective remembrance are often important for nation […] more »

Northern Ireland Culture Wars (part 2) – Social Change and the Culture Wars panel with Fiona Bloomer & John O’Doherty

Tue 10 December 2013, 8:30am

Tweet The second of six posts shared by the organisers of a symposium exploring the “Northern Ireland Culture Wars” on Friday 22 November at the University of Ulster, Belfast. - – - ‘Culture wars’ have been a persistent feature of public debate in many Western states since the 1960s including the US and the UK. […] more »

Northern Ireland Culture Wars (part 1) – Paul Burgess on the battleground in contemporary NI

Mon 9 December 2013, 8:30am

Tweet Back on Friday 22 November, a symposium exploring the “Northern Ireland Culture Wars” was held at the University of Ulster, Belfast. The organisers are sharing the day’s talks on Slugger, and there’ll be a post each day covering the programme. - – - The theme of culture wars was chosen because of the on-going […] more »

“culture wars and shared futures make very uneasy bedfellows”

Wed 22 May 2013, 8:35am
PSA working class loyalism  workshop

Tweet This final post in this series about last week’s PSA/Fellowship of Messines workshop – Has the Protestant Working Class lost out in the Peace Process? – looks at the fourth session of the day which asked about the place of the PUL community in a shared future. Once again, the opening remarks by the […] more »

The PUL Community and the Peace Process: An Audit

Tue 21 May 2013, 8:35am
PSA working class loyalism  workshop

Tweet The third session of the all day PSA/Fellowship of Messines workshop – Has the Protestant Working Class lost out in the Peace Process? – looked at the peace process through the eyes of two loyalist leaders and an academic. Strong views on the Social Investment Fund, how paramilitary actions gave unionists confidence in the […] more »

Challenges for Protestants in “Dealing with the Past”

Mon 20 May 2013, 8:35am
PSA working class loyalism  workshop

Tweet The second session at the all day PSA/Fellowship of Messines workshop – Has the Protestant Working Class lost out in the Peace Process? – looked back at some of the events and experiences that shaped loyalism. It didn’t particularly address “dealing with the past” in terms of societal remembering, truth commissions etc. (Yesterday’s post […] more »

Has the Protestant Working Class lost out in the Peace Process?

Sun 19 May 2013, 9:02am
PSA working class loyalism  workshop

Tweet That’s the title of a workshop that brought together working class loyalist representatives with some peers from other communities, interested academics and a small number of journalists. The day long event was organised by Dr Aaron Edwards and supported by the Political Studies Association’s Irish Politics Specialist Group and the Fellowship of Messines Association. […] more »

Billy Hutchinson: talking at rallies and protests doesn’t necessarily make you a leader

Fri 17 May 2013, 8:30am
Billy Hutchinson

Tweet Billy Hutchinson – leader of the PUP – said during a workshop on Thursday that the media often used the word “loyalist” as a shortcut to mean “criminal”. He quoted the example of a DUP councillor up in court for some misdemeanour who was described in a newspaper as a “loyalist” rather than a […] more »

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