24th March: 1.00pm
British Academy 10-Minute Talks
The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes.
Available on the British Academy website on 24th March at 1.00pm, the following talks will help to enhance public understanding of the history of Belfast, dealing with the past in Northern Ireland and interpreting the Good Friday Agreement.
The history of Belfast, a strange case of shared identity and sectarian division
In this talk Marianne Elliot reflects on the existence and history of a ‘shared space’ and Belfast identity, focusing particularly on the 1940s and 1950s, but also on post-Good Friday Agreement efforts to restore ‘shared’ living spaces, so damaged by the Northern Ireland Troubles.
Speaker: Professor Marianne Elliot FBA, Director, Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool
Dealing with the past in Northern Ireland
Dealing with the past in relation to the Northern Ireland conflict is a politically sensitive topic often characterised by more heat than light. In this talk, Kieran McEvoy discusses the UK government’s commitment to introduce legislation regarding legacy issues which is now complicated by the parallel drive to protect British Army veterans from historical allegations arising out of their service in Northern Ireland.
Speaker: Professor Kieran McEvoy FBA, Professor of Law and Transitional Justice, School of Law and Senior Research Fellow, Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen’s University Belfast. Principal Investigator, Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland.
What does the Good Friday Agreement mean?
As the Good Friday Agreement moves closer and closer to centre stage in Anglo-Irish relations, and potentially to UK-EU relations post-Brexit, how it is interpreted will become even more contentious. In this talk, Christopher McCrudden engages with the differing (and conflicting) historical, legal, and political interpretations as well as considering more broadly, what exactly is the Agreement?
Speaker: Professor Christopher McCrudden FBA, Professor of Human and Equality Law, Queen’s University Belfast.