As part of the Peace IV Project, the official launch of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Journal, in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) and Ulster University, was hosted in an online Webinar on March 24th, 2021. Featuring a keynote address by Professor Brandon Hamber, John Hume and Thomas P.O'Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University, the event explored political, social and cultural developments in contemporary Northern Ireland post the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement of 1998, in the context of the legacy of inter-communal violence.
The legacy of inter-communal violence is a key thematic area encapsulated within the ongoing Peace Process and central to Glencree’s ‘Addressing the Legacy of Violence through Facilitated Dialogue’ Peace IV project. Glencree's work explores how meaningful engagement, dialogue and perspective sharing with victims/survivors groups and individuals as a consequence of Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ may contribute to both official and unofficial legacy processes in Northern Ireland, and on the Island of Ireland.
This theme, and the concepts and enablers that promote the development of transferrable ‘soft skills’ - such as critical thinking, self-awareness, and communication - are explored in the Glencree Journal 2021. It features nineteen essays from multi-disciplinary academics and practitioners in the fields of peace studies and conflict resolution from around the world.
In his keynote address, Professor Brandon Hamber from the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) at Ulster University shared his vast experience in transitional justice, peace and reconciliation both in Northern Ireland and abroad.
Four contributing authors discussed emergent sub-themes of the Journal and how these relate to ongoing legacy issues in Northern Ireland.
In the final session, Professor Hamber and the four Authors held a panel discussion, during which contributions and questions from Webinar attendees were addressed.
Professor Brandon Hamber is the John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) at Ulster University. He is also a member of the Transitional Justice Institute at the university, and is an Honorary Professor of the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
Professor Hamber has consulted to a range of community groups, policy initiatives and government bodies in Northern Ireland and South Africa. He has undertaken consulting and research work, and participated in various peace and reconciliation initiatives in Liberia, Mozambique, Bosnia, the Basque Country and Sierra Leone, among others. He has written extensively on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the psychological implications of political violence, masculinity, and the process of transition and reconciliation in South Africa, Northern Ireland and abroad. He has published some 30 journal articles, over 25 book chapters and 4 books.
Geoffrey Corry is a specialist in conflict resolution, facilitation and the mediation of workplace, family and community disputes. He facilitated over 50 Political Dialogue Workshops held at Glencree (1994–2006) and in recent years the legacy large circle. He served as Chair of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation (1982–87), the Mediators Institute Ireland and Facing Forward.
Ashle Bailey-Gilreath is a PhD researcher at Belfast School of Art, Ulster University. Her research interests focus on collaborative and socially engaged photography and its usefulness for exploring the social landscape of cultural trauma, as well as topics on photographic authorship and ethical considerations in relation to collaborative photography.
Joe Robinson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography, Maynooth University. His research focuses on memory studies, spatial legacies of violence, and transitional justice. He is the author of Transitional Justice and the Politics of Inscription: Memory, Space, and Narrative in Northern Ireland (2018, Routledge).
Dr Heidi Riley is Assistant Professor in International Relations in the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin. She is also a member of the UCD GLOBUS research team that examines European contributions to global justice. Heidi’s main research area is in gender and armed conflict, with a particular focus on the interaction between ideology and masculinity within non-state armed groups, and the implications of this for women during and after conflict. As a secondary research area she also works on issues of negotiated settlement, with a focus on women’s participation in international peace mediation. Teaching areas include: International Relations: Theory and Practice, Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Gender Studies, and Qualitative Methods.
In 2017, Glencree was awarded European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding under the PEACE IV Programme for the 'Addressing the Legacy of Violence through Facilitated Dialogue' project. The aim of this project is to create meaningful, purposeful and sustained contact between victims/survivors groups, and representatives of groups and individuals with differing interpretations of what happened in Northern Ireland’s past. It also aims to create forums to share learnings from these dialogues on a national and International basis.
One element of the project is ‘Dealing with the Legacy of Conflict in Northern Ireland through engagement and Dialogue’, a Journal by Glencree in conjunction with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway and Ulster University. The Journal features contributions from 19 authors from academics and practitioners in the fields of peace studies and conflict resolution. They bring a keen focus to many of the issues that are intrinsic to the Peace IV Project. Both individually and collectively, they will also help to inform practitioners in a wide variety of fields of future pathways to sustaining a just and equitable society in a post-conflict situation.
The Journal essays were peer reviewed by the Editorial Team led by Professor Ray Murphy of the Irish Human Rights Centre at NUI Galway, with Professor Patricia Lundy, Dr Niall Gilmartin and Dr Philip McDermott of Ulster University, and Dr Rory Finegan, Maynooth University and formerly Assistant Manager (2020) at Glencree of the Peace IV ‘Addressing the Legacy of Violence through Facilitated Dialogue' Project.
More information about Glencree's PEACE IV 'Addressing the Legacy of Violence through Facilitated Dialogue' Project can be viewed here https://www.glencree.ie/programmes/peace-iv-addressing-the-legacy-of-violence-through-facilitated-dialogue/
A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
The PEACE IV Programme for 2014-2020 is funded by the European Union, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Government. It has been designed to promote peace and reconciliation across Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.
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