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IBIS Annual Conferences

To date, IBIS has held a number of annual conferences, each attracting a mix of academics, policy-makers, journalists, practitioners and other interests.

20 May 2010 'A Decade of Centenaries: Commemorating Shared History'

This conference was the third such event supported by the Department of the Taoiseach.  It focused on shared commemoration of a decade of upcoming centenaries including the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and the Great War. Read More

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9 June 2009 'Protestant Traditions and the Paths to Peace: Beyond the Legacies of Plantation'

This conference was the second such event supported by the Department of the Taoiseach.  It examined the concept of the plural Protestant traditions in Ireland. Approximately 400 years after the plantation of Ulster, it asked how far that plantation set the parameters for a prolonged pattern of conflict. Read More

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3 April 2008 'From Conflict to Consensus: The Legacy of the Good Friday Agreement'

This conference was the first in a series of new activities launched with the support of the Department of the Taoiseach. It marked the tenth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. The keynote address was given by the Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahern, TD and a presentation by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon Mr Shaun Woodward, MP. Read More.

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27 April 2006 'Human Rights and Security: Lessons from the Past for the Future'

The IBIS Annual Conference took place in the William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium on 27th April 2006 and was well-supported. The title of this year’s conference was Human Rights and Security: Lessons from the Past for the Future’. The Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform, Mr Michael McDowell gave the opening address and was followed by Professor Ted Honderich. The Reception which followed the conference saw the launch of the new report published by the ITENIBA project. This project investigates intergenerational transmission of ethno-national identity in the border area. The project is supported by the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation and delivered through the Irish Higher Education Authority (HEA).

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27 May 2005 'Implementing the Agreement: The North-South Bodies Five Years On'

This conference took place as part of the north-south research project, Mapping frontiers, plotting pathways: routes to North-South cooperation in a divided island", led by UCD in partnership with Queen's University Belfast. Information on the project is available on the dedicated project website. The conference was opened by an Taoiseach, Me Bertie Ahern, TD, with contributions from both joint secretaries of the North/South joint secretariat and from representatives of all of the North-South bodies. Detail on the conference, including links to powerpoint presentations and other addresses made on the day, is available here.

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7 May 2004 'The Future of Republicanism: Confronting Theory and Practice in Contemporary Ireland'

This conference arose from a desire to address a fundamentally practical question facing a wide range of polities in the twenty-first century : whether republicanism as such has any bearing on immediate political issues in politics. Such issues include, for example, economic and cultural globalisation, the constitutional development and expansion of the European Union, immigration and multiculturalism, the role of religion in politics and society, corruption and political accountability, devolution, regionalisation, and transnational political arrangements.

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15 May 2003 'Old Structures, New Beliefs: Religion, Community and Politics in Contemporary Ireland'

This conference, organised with the support of Diageo Ireland, was part of the programme of the Guinness Newman Scholar in British-Irish Studies, Dr Claire Mitchell. It sought to examine the extent to which, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Irish political life continues to be entangled with religion. The continuing significance of religion for communal identity and political activity in the two parts of Ireland was explored.

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3 April 2002 'Renovation or Revolution? New Territorial Politics in Ireland and the United Kingdom'

This conference sought to take stock of new forms of territorial politics in Ireland and Great Britain, in the context of large-scale changes in the territorial organisation of the United Kingdom, particularly the processes of devolution in Scotland and Wales, and of institutional reform in Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement. Alongside detailed analyses of reform in each area, a more general (theoretical) task was to define the shape of emerging territorial poltiics on the archipelago.

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23 March 2001 'From Political Violence to Negotiated Settlement: The Winding Path to Peace in Twentieth Century Ireland'

A copy of the Conference Programme only is available. Please contact the IBIS administrator for any further detail on papers presented.

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