Troubles of the Past? History, identity, and collective memory in Northern Ireland

Máire Braniff (Editor), James McAuley (Editor), Graham Spencer (Editor)

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The origins for this book rest in a seminar series ‘Northern Ireland: memory, commemoration and public symbolism’, which ran between 2015 and 2017. It was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (Award no. RES-000-23-1614, coordinated by James W. McAuley, co-applicants Máire Braniff, Jon Tonge and Graham Spencer) and we wish to record our sincerely thanks to the ESRC for funding the project. We also wish to put on record our thanks to those universities across the United Kingdom that hosted events and to our own institutions for the support they gave in making the seminar series such a success.
During the time the seminar was in formal existence, over 60 papers were presented and discussed by academics and practitioners and the feedback and contributions made freely available to a public audience. We wish to record our thanks and all those involved for their commitment to the project, the collegiate spirit in which it was conducted, and the ideas and discussions generated.
Many of the contributions in this book directly reflect the engagement in that seminar, and the issues raised within it, including: the analysis of current research trends and methodologies of memory; symbols of commemoration and sites of memory, both physical and intellectual; collective memory and forgetting, the recall and re-memorising of the ‘great events’ of Irish history; conflicts of culture, the politics of commemoration and socialisation; memory and reconciliation, and the politics of collective memory in comparative contexts.
This proved a rich field for research and during the seminar series we were fortunate to explore a variety of multi- and inter- disciplinary approaches to the construction and politics of memory, as well as the opportunity to explore comparative and empirical examples in the area of memory and conflict. In the spirit of these multi- and inter- discipline approaches, we have throughout the book reproduced sometime contentious terms, such as Northern Ireland / the North of Ireland, Derry / Londonderry, the Province and Ulster, as originally used by authors.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages400
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2022


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