Critical Perspectives on Commemorating Partition in Ireland
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Who this event is for
2021 marks the hundredth anniversary of the partition of the island of Ireland, and the creation of the state of Northern Ireland. Whether and in what ways this event can or should be commemorated is an intrinsically and divisively political question. Bound up in it are issues of empire, violence and political identity that are, by their very nature, contested. Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars of contemporary Irish history, heritage and sociology, this seminar will critically interrogate the divisive politics of the centenary of partition. In so doing, it will problematise prevailing approaches to this centenary which claim to be founded on 'shared and ethical remembering', explore what such approaches leave out or act to silence, and stake out what a deliberately anti-colonial approach to commemoration might look like.