Bertie Ahern and Arlene Foster Headline Spring Festival at Queen’s Institute for Conflict Transformation


festivalBertie Ahern and Arlene Foster are among the highlights at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice’s Spring Festival of Events at Queen’s. Former Taoiseach Ahern speaks on ‘Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland’ on Tuesday 31 May, 5-7 pm; while First Minister Foster delivers the Harri Holkeri Lecture on ‘Women, Leadership, and Peacebuilding’ on Monday 23 May, 5-7 pm.

The festival starts tomorrow with a talk by Dr Shelley Deane on ‘Feedback from the Frontlines: Syrian Refugees,’ 12.30-2.00 pm in the Senate Room. There are 14 events over the three and a half week period of the festival, which concludes with Ahern’s lecture. Events include conferences, seminars, films, research seminars, and an art exhibition.

All events are free and open to the public, but places are limited so you should register to avoid disappointment. Registration for Foster’s lecture closes 13 May while registration for Ahern’s lecture closes 20 May.

There are two day-long events at the Festival: ‘Prisoner Hunger Strikers in Northern Ireland and Israel/Palestine: Examining the Long-Term Effects’, Monday 9 May, 9-5 in the Canada Room; and a workshop on ‘Collaboration for Conflict Transformation: University Engagement with Civil Society,’ 9.30-4 in 6 College Park.

For a list and description of the events, click here.

To download the Festival brochure, click here.

Events at a Glance

Event Venue Type Time & Date
Dr Shelley Deane: Feedback from the frontlines: Syrian Refugees Senate Room Talk Thurs 5 May, 12.30-2pm
Meet the Author: Deaglán de Brédún, Power Play: The Rise of Modern Sinn Fein Old Staff Common Room Talk Fri 6 May, 6-8 pm
Prisoner Hunger Strikers in Northern Ireland and Israel/Palestine: Examining the Long-Term Effects Canada Room/Council Chamber Conference Mon 9 May, 9am-5pm


In conversation with Susannah Tresilian Old Staff Common Room Conversation Thurs 12 May, 2.30-4 pm
Randomocracy: An Alternative to Elections and Voting Room 0G.074, Lanyon Building Short film and talk Mon 16 May, 12-2 pm
‘Interrogating masculinities: intersectionality as a heuristic device’ by Dr Baukje Prins TR6 Graduate School Seminar Wed 18 May, 4-6.30 pm
Image of the Enemy Queen’s Film Theatre Film Fri 20 May, 3.30-5 pm
FOUR DIRECTIONS: Colours for Cultural Justice – A Journey of Aboriginal Art Naughton Gallery Exhibition Exhibition Friday 20 May 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Arlene Foster MLA First Minister of Northern Ireland Harri Holkeri Lecture 2016, ‘Women, Leadership and Peacebuilding’ The Isdell Courtyard, Riddel Hall Lecture Monday 23 May 5.00pm – 7.00pm
‘Youth Justice and Conflict Transformation: What is the future following devolution?’ Great Hall Research Seminar Wednesday 25 May 10.00am – 1.00pm
Professor Brendan O’Leary ‘Feedback From the Frontlines: The Kurds and the Four Wolves Senate Room Talk Thursday 26 May 12.30pm – 2.00pm
‘Collaboration for Conflict Transformation: University Engagement with Civil Society’ 6 College Park Workshop Friday 27 May 9.30am – 4.00pm
Bertie Ahern ‘Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland The Isdell Courtyard, Riddel Hall Lecture Tuesday 31 May 5.00pm – 7.00pm