Joint Academic Journal Update

 

“Dealing with the Legacy of Conflict in Northern Ireland through Engagement & Dialogue”

25 submissions on peace and conflict studies from around the world

25/6/2020: The history of nonviolent protest, the role of gender in violent conflict, and human rights theory are among the topics that will be explored in the Glencree joint Academic Journal in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR) at NUI Galway. Dedicated to the theme of peace and conflict studies, the Journal will also examine the concepts and enablers that promote the development of transferrable ‘soft skills’ such as critical thinking, self-awareness, and communication. These are key components of the Glencree Peace IV project to “Address the Legacy of Violence through Facilitated Dialogue”.

Twenty-five submissions from around the world have now been accepted for the Journal providing a diversity of offerings from academics and practitioners in the fields of peace studies and conflict resolution. Dr.Kevin De Ornellas who lectures on British and Irish literature and drama at Ulster University, with his co-author PhD Candidate Dónall MacCathmhaoill, explore the dynamic and evolving zeitgeist from the arts world and its relationship with community action. As an interesting compliment to this, Writer Sam Guthrie explores the public discourse of memory and commemoration from the approach of post-conflict Belfast poetry. In her essay, Photography, Empathy and the Young; Shaping the Irish and Northern Irish ‘States”,  photographerAilbhe Greaney turns her metaphorical ‘lens’ on how photography is used to develop empathy with the youth within Northern Irish society and how it has shaped Ireland north and south of the Border. On a related theme, Researcher and Author Dr. Cathy Bollaert, in Remembering the Past: Shaping the Future”,seeks to establish a common good framework for promoting reconciliation within the youth sector in Northern Ireland.

Megan Kelly a PhD student at The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security & Justice at Queens University Belfast, examines the critical issue of “How the experience of Victims and Survivors Groups can inform international audiences and other post- conflict environments in developing transitional justice models.”  This exploration lies the core of the Glencree Legacy of Violence Project.

Activist, peacebuilder & academic,Dr. Wilhelm Verwoerd, a long-time collaborator and facilitator with Glencree, brings his diverse and vast range of experience of peace and conflict studies in an examination of “On building and cultivating peace: practitioner reflections on the Sustainable Peace Network project”.

 These are just a few examples of the range of topics from contributors. Both individually and collectively, they will bring a keen focus to many of the issues that are intrinsic to the Peace IV Project. 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 essays will now be subject to peer review by the Editorial team including Prof. Ray Murphy, ICHR; Prof. Patricia Lundy, Dr. Niall Gilmartin & Dr. Philip McDermott of Ulster University Jordanstown; and Dr. Rory Finegan, Assistant Programme Manager, Glencree’s Legacy of Violence, Peace IV Project.

The Academic Journal will be launched at a Conference which will explore the political, social, and cultural developments in contemporary Northern Ireland post the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement of 1998. The Conference will be hosted at NUI Galway on 26 November 2020.

 

Academic Journal Update: 4 weeks to deadline

7 May 2020:  Twenty five abstracts from around the world have been accepted for the Glencree joint Academic Journal in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR) at NUI Galway. The Journal, entitled “Dealing with the Legacy of Conflict in Northern Ireland through Engagement & Dialogue”, will be peer reviewed by the Editorial Team of Prof. Ray Murphy, ICHR; Prof. Patricia Lundy, Dr. Niall Gilmartin & Dr. Philip McDermott of Ulster University Jordanstown; and Dr. Rory Finegan, Assistant Programme Manager, Glencree’s Legacy of Violence, Peace IV project. The deadline for final submissions is 5th June 2020. The Journal will be launched at an Academic Seminar in NUI Galway in November.

 

25 Abstracts accepted for Joint Academic Journal under Peace IV Programme

Journal to be launched at Academic Seminar in NUI Galway in November

2 April 2020: Glencree Centre had a tremendous response to its joint Academic Journal in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) and colleagues on the editorial board at Ulster University Jordanstown. Following a review of Abstracts received from around the world, the Editorial Team has now invited 25 papers from a wide and diverse range of contributors.

The Academic Journal entitled “Dealing with the Legacy of Conflict in Northern Ireland through Engagement & Dialogue” will capture the findings of the Peace IV Programme for future researchers and practitioners in peace studies and provide a window into the work and ethos of the Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation. The Journal will be launched at an Academic Seminar to be hosted by Glencree and the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway giving contributors the opportunity to present their papers to an open audience. This one-day event will take place on 26th November 2020 at NUI Galway.

The Academic Journal Editorial Team includes Dr Rory Finegan, Assistant Programme Manager of Glencree’s “Addressing the Legacy of Violence through Facilitated Dialogue” project; Professor Ray Murphy from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway; and, Professor Patricia Lundy and Dr Niall Gilmartin both of Ulster University Jordanstown.

Commenting on the submissions received Dr Rory Finegan said: “We are delighted with the quality and level of interest in the journal with abstracts submitted from as far away as the U.S., South Africa and Hong Kong. I would like to thank all of the contributors for their submissions and my colleagues on the editorial team for their analysis and review in this first stage. We look forward to the findings of the papers in this key thematic debate encapsulated within the ongoing Peace Process and to be able to share learnings on a national and international basis.”

The Academic Journal is being published as part of Glencree’s ‘Addressing the Legacy of Violence through Facilitated Dialogue’ project under the Peace IV Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) and financed by the ERDF. The PEACE IV Programme is a unique cross-border initiative designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region or Ireland.

Launched with a Call for Papers in December 2019, submissions for the joint Academic Journal were invited from academics and practitioners who are involved in fostering and developing inter-communal relationships and those that seek to address ongoing legacy issues of the conflict in Northern Ireland. Submissions were invited to address key themes/questions such as:

  • The Language, Discourse & Identity around the issue of dealing with the legacy of intercommunal violence.
  • Reconciliation, the obstacles to same and how it might be achieved.
  • The Role of Geography whereby narrative and political memory is deeply embedded into the local landscape.
  • The Impact of Gender and how Women’s Groups contribute to possible reconciliation in a post-conflict environment.
  • How the experience of Victims and Survivors Groups can inform international audiences and other post-conflict environments in developing transitional justice models.

The 25 contributions, which are due for submission no later than 1 June 2020, will be subject to a full peer review process by the Editorial Team. Final submissions should not exceed 3,000 words, should be referenced in accordance with the Chicago Referencing Style and submitted in Word (.docx) to rory.finegan@glencree.ie.