Conference celebrating the work of Prof Jennifer Todd 

The Royal Irish Academy hosted 'The Politics of Conflict and Transformation: Northern Ireland in Comparative Perspective' a conference celebrating the work of SPIRe's Prof Jennifer Todd, on 23 November 2018.

The conference was opened by Prof Orla Feely, Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact, and the outline of the day is given below. 

Conference Programme

9.30-9.40: Welcome & Introduction

9.40-11.10: Panel I: The Dynamics of Conflict on the Island of Ireland, North and South (Chair, Karen Trew, QUB)

  • Is a Middle Force Emerging in Northern Ireland?: John Coakley, QUB
  • The Politics of Multiple Majorities in Northern Ireland: Niall Ó Dochartaigh, NUI Galway
  • Praying for Paisley: Religion, Identity and Forgiveness in the Life of Fr Gerry Reynolds: Gladys Ganiel, QUB
  • The Role of Reconciliation in how Conflict Ends: Lessons from Religious Conflict in France and the Republic of Ireland: Joseph Ruane, UCD

 11.10-11.30: Tea & Coffee

 11.30-1.00: Panel II: Constructions of Identity (Chair: Yvonne Galligan, DIT)

  •  Identity Change and Ontological Security: The Challenges of Conflict Resolution: Bahar Rumelili, Koc University
  • Bridge-Builder Feminism and Feminist Identity Politics in Northern Ireland: Theresa O’Keefe, UCC
  • “So are you a Derry girl? Or a Londonderry girl?”: Exploring individual and group regulation of social identity performance in Northern Ireland: Orla Muldoon, Rob Lowe, Claire Campbell, Geoff McCombe, University of Limerick
  • Brexit, the Border, and Constructing a Dual-Identity Future for Northern Ireland: Peter McLoughlin, QUB

1.00-2.00: Lunch

2.00-3.15: Panel III: Borders and Boundaries; including, but not exclusive to Brexit (Chair: John Baker, UCD)

  • Justice Beyond Borders and the Challenge of Substantive Decolonization - Investigating the Irish Case:Shane O’Neill, Keele University
  • Borders of states and boundaries of citizenship: Iseult Honohan, UCD
  • Bordering, Debordering and Rebordering on the Island of Ireland: Cathal McCall, QUB

3.15-3.45: Tea & Coffee

3.45-5.15: Panel IV: Comparative Perspectives (Chair: Stephanie Dornschneider, UCD)

  • Great Nations and Small Empires: Nationalist Movements in Ireland and the Balkans, Siniša Malešević, UCD
  • How do Small States Cope with Open Ethno-National Conflicts involving their “Co-Nationals” – A Comparative Study of Partition Politics of Albania and Ireland, Roland Gjoni, UCD
  • Conflict Management in South Africa and Northern Ireland Compared: Adrian Guelke, QUB
  • From #TogetherforYes to #NiUnaMenos. A comparative analysis of women’s rights movements for reproductive rights and the church-state relationship in Ireland and Argentina: Melanie Hoewer, UCD

5.15-6.15: Wrap-up Panel: Bronagh Hinds (Democrashe), John Doyle (DCU), Duncan Morrow (UU); (Chair: Paul Gillespie, Deputy Director, Institute for British-Irish Studies, UCD)

6.15: Remarks on the publication of Jennifer Todd’s Identity Change after Conflict: Ethnicity, Boundaries and Belonging in the Two Irelands, Gladys Ganiel, QUB. 

Read Gladys' remarks here

View the Politics of Conflict and Transformation Programme abstracts.

Photos from the day






 Thanks to Rob Stead and Jelana Radakovic for the images.