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An Academic Conference at the Irish World Heritage Centre, 6-7th April 2018, on the impact and legacy of the 1998 Good Friday/Belfast Agreement.
This will form part of #Agreement20: an academic public engagement project featuring an Open Access Special Issue, digital recordings and journalism.
Keynotes: Dr Máire Braniff (Director of INCORE, University of Ulster) and Professor Colin Graham (Head of English, NUI Maynooth)
Creative Speakers: Jan Carson and Billy Cowan
We seek 20 minute paper contributions for our conference. Topics might include (but are not limited to):
- The social, cultural and political legacy of the Agreement
- New perspectives on the politics of 1998 and beyond
- The consequences of the Agreement from different perspectives e.g. class, gender, race, sexuality and disability
- How literature and culture have changed in Northern Ireland in the past 20 years
- Decommissioning and paramilitarism
- Brexit, Borders and Renegotiations
- Language (Irish and/or Ulster Scots)
- Legal Ramifications of the Agreement
- Representations of the Agreement, Peace Process or ‘post’-conflict moment in the arts (broadly defined)
- Perspectives on the Agreement from within and without Northern Ireland
- The impact of peace-building initiatives and reconciliation organisations
The organisers understand that perspectives will change as the current political situation develops, so understand if contributors seek to keep their abstracts broader than usual.
We will consider panels of 3-4 papers but each panel must have a full abstract and biographical note for each contributor. We reserve the right to decline a panel and accept individual papers. We are keen to hear from a diverse range of contributors on issues of class, gender, race, sexuality and disability. All-male panel proposals will not be accepted.
The venue is accessible for delegates with disabilities and we are happy to consider any accommodations to make the conference a better experience for you, please get in touch with us directly.
Deadline for abstracts (no more than 250 words) and biographical note (no more than 75 words): 1st November 2017
Abstracts marked ‘Conference’ in Subject Line to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisers: George Legg (KCL), Caroline Magennis (Salford), Maggie Scull (KCL)