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13:00 - 18:00 1 June 2018

Reintroducing the Irish border: conflict, creativity and customs posts


IAS Common Ground | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed

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Garrett Carr, Lecturer in Creative Writing, Queen’s University Belfast
Rita Duffy, Artist
Katy Hayward, Reader in Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast
Peter Leary, Junior Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies
Patrick Mulroe, Author
Catherine Nash, Professor of Human Geography, Queen Mary University of London
Ruth Tallion, Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies

The outcome of the 2016 ‘Brexit’ referendum has thrust the Irish border to the centre of Anglo-Irish and British-European relationships, reintroducing it to public consciousness throughout Britain and Ireland. For those living on or near the border the future is again uncertain.

For much of the twentieth century the Irish border was both site and subject of often violent conflict. Partition produced vulnerable and marginalised communities on both sides and disrupted social, economic and even family life. But it has also been a place of creativity and connections sustained against the odds.

This event will bring together experts from a range of disciplines to discuss the history, politics and representations of the border alongside current issues relating to Brexit as the latest ‘crunch moment’ in the talks approaches.


Albert Brenchat


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