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Book Launch

No Alibis Bookstore, Belfast
Thursday, 24 January 2013

Cillian McGrattan and Elizabeth Meehan at the launch

Sir George Quigley launched two books at No Alibis Bookstore, Belfast on Thursday, 24th January: 'Everyday Life after the Irish Conflict - The Impact of Devolution and Cross Border Cooperation', edited by IBIS Publications Director, Prof Elizabeth Meehan and past IBIS researcher, Dr Cillian McGrattan and 'Memories, Politics and Identity - Haunted by History', by Cillian McGrattan.

For Sir George Quigley's introduction click here

'Everyday life after the Irish conflict' builds on a previous IBIS conference of the same name and is the first book to address the specific topic of the intersection of the processes of conflict transformation and devolution with daily life in Northern Ireland in a rigorous and systematic fashion. Bringing together new research from established academics, new voices and civil society actors, this book documents the changes that have occurred in people's everyday lives as the region moves away from a violent past. Supported with a wealth of new empirical material, the book charts the impact of devolution and conflict transformation in four parts: an overview of the changes is followed by chapters that explore the areas of space, place and human relations. The third part looks at economic and social life while a concluding chapter takes a comparative approach by addressing the differences and similarities between the Northern Irish and Scottish experiences of devolution. It is published by Manchester University Press.

Focusing on the Northern Irish case, Memory, Identity, Politics examines how historical injustices continue to haunt contemporary lives, and how institutional and juridical approaches to 'dealing' with the past often give way to at best a silencing consensus and at worst a re-marginalising of victims. Drawing on ideas from post-colonial theory and transitional justice as well as thinkers such as Derrida, Ricoeur and Pocock, this book provides a fresh perspective on the residual force of history in post-conflict situations. It maps the reproduction of ideas and narratives through media and cultural representations and suggests that the answer to the question of moving forward may be located in the combination of historical accuracy and ethical pluralism. It is published by Palgrave Macmillan.