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Ulster University, Magee Campus

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The Irish Humanities Alliance (IHA), in collaboration with Ulster University, are pleased to announce a multi-disciplinary conference on the theme of border heritages. The conference will take place on 24-25 October 2019. What do we mean when we talk about borders? In the context of Brexit and the approaching centenary of partition, the political border on the island comes to mind, but the term is ultimately expansive and allows us to consider multiple aspects of how we live and interact with our neighbours and our landscape.

This event will offer opportunities to build links for collaboration between researchers, and organisations working in this area and will allow for an expansive discussion on the theme of border heritages from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The conference theme allows for a wide-ranging exploration of how we can understand division and integration through the prism of heritage. The conference will take place on the Magee Campus of Ulster University, which is only a few miles from the border with Donegal.



CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

All panels take place in The Great Hall (MD102)

Day One

10:00-11.00 Arrival, Tea/Coffee & Registration

11.00 Introductions by:

Prof. Eugene McNulty, Chair of the IHA.
Dr Niamh Nic Ghabhann, Vice Chair of the IHA.
Dr Adrian Grant, Lecturer in Policy, Ulster University.


Panel One: Keynote Lecture One: 11.30-12.30

Bryonie Reid, ‘Telling the Border: Why we should listen to other people’s stories’.


LUNCH


Panel Two: 13.30-15.00 The Partition of Ireland

Elaine Callinan, 'Partition Propaganda during election campaigns, 1918 to 1921'.
Felix Larkin, 'The Border in the Shemus Cartoons in the Freeman’s Journal, 1920-24'.
Elspeth Payne, 'Constructing the Border? The British Popular Press and Ireland, 1922-32'.


Panel Three: 15.15-16.45 Partition and its effects

Niall Comer, 'A language without a border'.
Sinéad Conlon, 'Butter, Tights, Green Diesel and Bikes: A legal and cultural history of Irish border crossings'.
Cormac Moore, 'The day to day effects of partition'.
Liam Campbell, ‘The Foyle Catchment: Bridging troubled waters’.


Panel Four: 17.00-18.30 The Irish border: identity, aspiration and security

Ian d'Alton, 'A Country With No Borders. The Protestant Free State within Independent Ireland after 1922'.
Ann-Marie McInerney, 'The Border and Displacement: Internment Experiences, 1922-25'.
Joseph Quinn, 'The Border in wartime: Migration, military mobilisation and security in the border region during the Second World War, 1939-45'.


SOCIAL RECEPTION in the MINOR HALL (MD106): 18.30-20.00

Day Two

Panel Five: 10.00-11.30 Border Heritage: Panel Discussion

European regions are witnessing profound cultural and social change, shifting ideological and actual borders, and continuing mass movement of people. In this context, the idea of belonging and recognition, as well as experiences and consequences of borders, requires further investigation. As individual migrants and their families move through Europe, and within countries, their experience of personal, community and national boundaries change and are challenged - this is also true for those who encounter them. This is evident as migrants move through national borders, the official borders of state, and the unspoken cultural boundaries associated with social and cultural experiences of place, identities and the narratives generated from that. This panel specifically explores these issues in relation to aspects of visual representation, sense of place, policy and heritage legislation.

Panellists:

Elizabeth Crooke, Professor of Heritage & Museum Studies, Ulster University
Philip McDermott, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Ulster University
Sara McDowell, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Ulster University
Murat Asker, Lecturer in Cinematic Arts, Ulster University

Panel Six: Keynote Lecture 2: 11.45-12.45

Mads Daugbjerg, ‘Concrete heritage at the water’s edge: Bunkers, borders and belonging in a re-fortifying Europe’.

LUNCH

Panel Seven: 13.30-15.00 Borders: culture and identity

Hugh Maguire, 'Straddling the Divide: Irish museums bearing witness to borders'.
Kate Nolan, LACUNA
Maria Clara Mendes, 'Leaving in Peace: News coverage on the Brexit referendum on the Irish Border'.

Panel Eight: 15.15-16.45 Borders: representations and landscapes

Emily Shakespeare, 'A Divided Landscape: Ideological Borders within a Irish Upland Landscape '
Jacapo Turini, ‘Environment, Identity and Borders in the Alpine Frontiers’
Caroline Lusin, 'Borders in recent English and Northern Irish fiction’
Catherine Wignall, 'The Linguistic and territorial borders of the Irish in the 1768 strike’

WRAP UP: 16.45-17.00



Magee Campus Map
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/pdf/campus-maps/UU_ME_CampusMap_UpdateBG_SM_DIGITAL_6Sept19.pdf

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