Webinar: The Troubles and the Good Friday Agreement
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Webinar: The Troubles and the Good Friday Agreement
June 20 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Teaching the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland: Museums, Oral History, and Agnostic Memory
Prof. Chris Reynolds – NTU
This webinar takes the case of Northern Ireland to discuss the challenge facing history teachers in post-conflict societies that continue to experience ongoing division and tension in relation to the past. Beginning with a brief overview of the historical context leading to the conflict commonly described as the “Troubles”, it will then outline how this period was experienced as well as its consequences. There then follows an examination of how peace was achieved with the 1998 Good Friday/ Belfast Agreement and how the past 25 years have seen great progress, despite the many challenges that have had to be overcome…many of which remain to this day. One of the most urgent and sensitive of these challenges relates to how the legacy of the past can be handled to ensure that it is no longer a source of tension with the capacity to undermine the future sustainability of peace. A central element in this debate is how the conflict is taught in local schools, and there will be a brief overview of how the teaching of the “Troubles” is handled in the contemporary education system in Northern Ireland. The webinar will then focus on a recent collaborative project with National Museums NI entitled Voices of ’68 that placed education at the core of its multi-facetted activities and suggests a potentially fruitful blueprint for how the legacy of the “Troubles” can be approached and taught more generally. The conclusion will provide other, recent, and ongoing examples of how the “Troubles” is being constructively and effectively taught, and it will be argued that there are lessons for the general issue of managing the legacy of the past in Northern Ireland. The webinar aims to encourage attendees to consider the applicability of the approaches presented to other post-conflict societies and the potential benefits of teaching the Northern Irish conflict as a rich and pertinent case study within their own contexts.
We will host this webinar on Tuesday 20 June at 16:30 (Amsterdam Time). Participation in the webinar is free of charge.
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