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Program Description:
 
CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL
 
26 JUNE - 21 JULY 2017
 
Location: Queen’s University, Belfast
Overview
This Conflict Transformation and Social Justice Summer School provides students with a broad overview of conflict resolution history, politics and critical awareness of the following themes:
  • Conflict Transformation in local and global perspective
  • Religion and Peacebuilding
  • Intervention and Integration
  • Transitional Justice
  • Cross-border Co-operation
  • Discourses and Dialogue in Conflict Transformation
  • Representing and Dealing with the Past
  • Research Methods and Ethics in Conflict Transformation
  • Policing and Securitization.
 
This Summer School offers a comparative international perspective on conflict transformation and social justice, drawing on the experience of conflict in Ireland where the School is delivered. It will consider case studies and examples from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia and America.
 
The aims of the Summer School are:
 
  • To provide a rich academic experience for visiting students
  • To inspire students to develop their research interests in Global Peace, Security and Justice
  • To provide students with a module to the level of 3 credits in the US academic system
  • To create an environment of engagement between international students and local NGO’s, politicians and others involved in conflict and conflict transformation.
 
Nature and Variety of Activities
 
Key to the success of the Summer School is the opportunity for students to combine academic study with engagement with the communities around them. The course entails classroom discussion with academics, activists and practitioners as well as staff-led site visits. There are four day-long field trips:
  • The historical city of Derry/Londonderry
  • Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh
  • Titanic Quarter
  • Northern Ireland's Causeway Coast and the Antrim Glens
 
Whilst in Derry/Londonderry there are visits to the city Tower Museum and the community organised Free Derry Museum in order to examine different perspectives on the city. In addition to the above activities, there will be half day tours of:
  • Belfast's murals and interface
  • The Crumlin Road Gaol
  • A visit to Stormont where students meet politicians from all major political parties in Northern Ireland.
Over the course of the Summer School students will meet at least twenty people from non-academic backgrounds including politicians, police officers, community workers, people involved in conflict resolution including ex-prisoners and leaders of the main churches.  All of the field trips have staff present not only for the well-being of the students but also to introduce the places being visited.
The School will host four social events, Irish dancing at a Ceilidh, a night at the movies looking at how film makers have represented conflict, a workshop in Irish music and a quiz and live band on the final evening.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dates/Locations
Week 2
Monday
3 July

 
Room 0G.029, Elmwood Building


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Politics and Post-Conflict Issues in Perspective
 
9.30am – 11.00am Unionism and Loyalism
Dr Gordon Gillespie
 
This lecture will explain the politics of those who support the union between Britain and Northern Ireland.
 
11.30am – 1.00pm Republicanism and Nationalism
Dr Peter McLoughlin
 
This lecture focuses on the politics of those seeking the reunification of Ireland under a 32-county republic.
 
2.00pm – 3.30pm Northern Ireland and the Effects of Brexit
Dr Lee McGowan

Understanding the effects of the UK’s departure from the European Union on mobility, prosperity, justice and peace in Northern Ireland.
 
Tuesday
4 July

 
Lectures in Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC) 02.018
                                
 
The Politics of International Peace-Brokering
 
9.30am – 11.00am Peace-making in Mozambique, past and present
Dr Eric Morier-Genoud

This lecture will analyse the negotiations and mediation processes which ended the civil war in 1992 and which are trying to end the current military crisis. It will further discuss the absence of transitional justice in the country after 1992 and look at the advantages and pitfalls of a policy of amnesty and organised forgetting.
 
11.30am –1.00pm “Peace Dialogue” in the Middle East
Dr Michael Semple

Critical policy insights from work with key advisors on the conflict in Afghanistan, with a particular focus on issues of political engagement with the Taliban.
 
2.00pm – 4.00pm Colombian Peace Process
Dr Andrew Thomson
 
Colombia’s conflict is one of the world’s longest lasting and ongoing conflicts that has produced some of the world’s highest numbers of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).  This session explores why this conflict has lasted so long, examining potential obstacles to conflict transformation and prospects for long-term peace. It does this with a keen eye for making generalizable lessons/observations about some difficulties in making peace: The role of multiple armed groups, violent rivalries, spoilers, and the presence of war resources (drugs). 
 
Wednesday
5 July

 
 
Room 0G.029, Elmwood Building


 
 
 
 
 
 
Pick up outside Lanyon building front of QUB
Transforming Political Landscapes
 
9.30am –  12.00pm Mediating Conflict Transformation: Prisons Memory Archive - Professor Cahal McLaughlin
 
The role of storytelling in addressing the legacy of the past, using the case study of the Prisons Memory Archive, a collection of 175 walk and talk interviews in the prisons of the Maze and Long Kesh and Armagh Gaol. Using protocols of co-ownership, inclusivity and life-storytelling, the PMA offers the opportunity to hear 'the other' in a society emerging out of violence.
 
1.00pm –
3.30pm
Visit to Crumlin Road Gaol
 
Students will explore over 150 years of history in the Gaol, once dubbed ‘Europe’s Alcatraz’. Students will hear stories of executions, escapes, hunger-strikes and riots in the Gaol which housed prisoners such as Eamon De Valera, Martin McGuinness, Michael Stone and Bobby Sands. It opened to the public in 2012 as a tourist attraction, 16 years after its gates slammed shut in 1996.
 
Thursday
6 July

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pick up point:
Outside front gates of QUB Lanyon Building: Please bring as few belongings as possible - security check on arrival. (Packed lunch, scones, tea, etc).
 
 
0G.029, Elmwood Building
Politics, Governance and Northern Ireland
 
10.00am – 12.00pm Devolved Government
Alan Whysall
 
Former British Government Official reflects on his experiences of Northern Ireland Peace Process Work
 
1.00pm –  4.00pm
 
 
 
Visit to Stormont
 
Visit to the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Stormont Parliament Buildings. The afternoon includes a discussion panel with representatives from the political parties in Northern Ireland followed by coffee and a tour of the building.
 
7.00pm – 8.30pm “The Boys of St. Columb’s”
Maurice Fitzpatrick
 
This screening by Irish documentary film-maker Maurice Fitzpatrick presents the story of how the eight young men grew up in unionist-dominated state but went on to challenge and break that domination and change Irish society as a result of their education at St Columb’s College, Derry. Past pupils profiled include Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume.
 
Friday
7 July

Pick up point:
Elms Village Reception
 
Time: 07.15am
7.15am – 6.30pm
 
Breakfast is provided on arrival to the city at approx. 9.00am.

 
Field Trip to City of Derry / Londonderry
A trip to the historic walled city of Derry/Londonderry, awarded the UK’s first ever City of Culture in 2013. The field trip will include a visit to local museums, the Guildhall, a tour of the famous Bogside murals and the 17th-century city walls and cathedral.
Lunch is NOT provided, and students have the chance to explore the culinary scene of the city and choose their own venue for lunch.
Saturday
8 July and Sunday 9 July
 
Weekend of 8-9 July is free to allow students to plan their own trips to Dublin or city breaks to elsewhere in Europe as they wish.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 3
Monday
10 July

 
All lectures in Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC) 02.018
 
 
(Re)-educating youth: Post-conflict psychology in a divided society
 
9.30am – 11.00am Youth, Political Violence and Models of Resilience
Dr Laura Taylor
 
This session will provide a foundational understanding of a model of the cycle of political violence, a social ecological approach, and the many definitions of youth resilience. It will be a participatory session in which students will contribute their own ideas and work in small groups.
 
11.30am –  1.00pm Shared Education
Professor Tony Gallagher
 
Northern Ireland has had separate schools for Protestants and Catholics since the 1840s. During the years of political violence various interventions worked through education to promote reconciliation, but with mixed success. A new approach, called shared education, developed in tandem with the peace process and used school collaboration to promote social cohesion and school improvement. The lecture will look at the impact of this approach in Northern Ireland and outline ways in which it is being adopted in other jurisdictions.
 
2.00pm – 4.00pm Intergroup Contact Theory: Youth from Divided Societies
Dr Laura Taylor
 
This session will introduce intergroup contact theory as a framework for understanding and evaluating the strength of youth interventions using this paradigm. Students will be expected to contribute both individually and in small groups, applying the theory and empirical examples given in the readings and class slides.
 
Tuesday
11 July

 
Room 0G.029, Elmwood Building
 
Ritual, Protests and Parades in Northern Ireland
 
9.30am- 11.00am Parading and the 12th July
Dr Dominic Bryan
 
What is the ‘12th of July’ and why are parades and demonstrations so contentious in Northern Ireland?
 
11.30am- 1.00pm The Sound of the Drum
David Montgomery
 
The music, culture and politics of marching bands in Northern Ireland.
 
2.00pm- 4.00pm Bonfires and the 11th night
Dr Dominic Bryan
 
Where does the ‘11th night bonfire’ tradition come from and what does it mean today?
 
Wednesday
12 July

Meeting point:
Outside Students’ Union building
Time: 10.00am
 
The Twelfth Parade: Fieldtrip led by Dr Dominic Bryan and Dr Jon Evershed
10.00am- 12.00pm Students will experience ‘Orangefest’ and watch the annual Twelfth parade at Bradbury Place with the option to go to the parade field to hear Orange Lodge speeches afterwards.
 
Thursday
13 July

 
Pick up point:
Elms Village Reception
 
Time: 09.00am
9.00am- 4.00pm
 
A packed lunch will be provided.
Titanic Quarter Fieldtrip
 
Students will visit Titanic Belfast, named best tourist attraction in Europe in 2016. The interpretation centre is located on the site of Harland and Wolff shipyard where RMS Titanic was built in 1910-12. We will also visit HMS Caroline, the only surviving warship from WW1’s Battle of Jutland (1916).
 
Friday
14 July

 
Room 0G.029, Elmwood Building
 
Theatre, Film and Post-Conflict Society
 
9.30am- 11.00am Shoulder to Shoulder: Comparing Competing Truths through Image Theatre
David Grant
 
An exploration of how non-verbal performance approaches have been used in Belfast, Sarajevo and Jerusalem to initiate inter-communal dialogue.
 
11.30am- 1.00pm From Troubles to Post-Conflict Theatre
Dr Mark Phelan
 
Exploring the role of theatre performance in mobilising public debate, memories of the Troubles and the politics and processes of post-conflict reconciliation.
 
2.00pm- 3.30pm Framing Trauma: The Politics of the Documentary Image
Dr Des O’Rawe
 
Compares documentary filmmaking in various post-conflict contexts, including Northern Ireland.
 
7.00pm- 9.00pm Film Night in Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT)
with Dr Des O’Rawe
 
Standard Operating Procedure (Errol Morris, 2008, US, 118 mins.)
 
Saturday
15 July / Sunday 16 July
 
Weekend of 15-16 July is free to allow students to plan their own trips to Dublin or to city breaks elsewhere in Europe as they wish.
 
 
 
 
 
Week 4

Monday
17 July

 
Room 0G.029, Elmwood Building
 
Dealing with the Past and former Combatants
 
9.30am – 1.00pm Discussion panel on Dealing with the Past:
Dr. Cheryl Lawther

featuring Sara Templar, (Victims and Survivors Service); Paul Gallagher, (Wave); and Kate Turner, (Healing Through Remembering).
 
Fulbright students only: session with Valerie Schreiner at 12.00pm-1.00pm in Irish Studies Seminar Room

 
2.00pm –
4.00pm
Conflict Transformation panel
Dr. Dominic Bryan

featuring Michael Culbert, Coiste na nlarchimi and Colin Halliday.
 
4.30pm –
5.30pm
Debriefing Session
Dr Dominic Bryan
 
7.00pm –
9.00pm
 
 
Film: Northern Ireland and Cinema From Ourselves Alone to Game of Thrones
Dr Gordon Gillespie
 
An exploration of how Northern Ireland has been portrayed in film and the role of the film industry in Northern Ireland today.
 
Tuesday
18 July

 
Room 0G.029, Elmwood Building
 
States and International Securitization
 
9.30am –
11.00am
Security, Visuality and Technology
Dr Debbie Lisle
 
This session analyses how visual technologies are productive of war and conflict. It addresses a number of key theories of visuality and applies these to the rise of UAVs (drones) in contemporary war. Students will identify the limitations of conventional thinking about visuality and violence, and reflect on how the visual economy of war is developing.
 
11.30am –  1.00pm International processes of security on the move
Dr Mike Bourne
 
Understanding the dynamics of security, mobility and threat in international relations.
 
2.30pm –
4.00pm
Gender and security - looking at security from a feminist perspective
Dr Merav Amir
 
Is security a gendered concept? What roles do gender identities play in the constitution of security? How can feminist approaches for studying security can help us in exploring these questions?
 
 
   
Wednesday
19 July

 
Room 0G.029, Elmwood Building
 
Religious Perspectives on the Conflict in Northern Ireland
 
9.30am –
10.30am
The role of the churches in responding and contributing to conflict
Dr Gladys Ganiel
 
'If the churches have been part of the problem in Northern Ireland, how can they be part of the solution?'
 
11.00am – 1.00pm Discussion panel: Religion in Northern Ireland
 
Chaired by Noreen Erskine and made up of religious leaders in Northern Ireland: Rev Dr. Norman Hamilton, Rev Harold Good, Sister Geraldine Smyth and Bishop John McDowell.
 
 
FREE AFTERNOON
 
Thursday
20 July

 
 
Time: 09.00am
Pick up point:
Elms Village Reception
 
Packed lunch is provided
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
McHugh’s Bar, 29-31 Queen’s Square, Belfast
 
Visit to Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts
 
9.30am –
10.30am
 
 
 
 
 
Tour of the Duncairn Centre
Rev Bill Shaw
 
Students will tour Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts, North Belfast’s first purpose built Arts and Culture shared space venue. The Centre is a hub of creativity, which seeks to contribute to North Belfast’s cultural, social, political and economic rebirth.
 
11.30am –1.00pm Peace Walls Survey
Dr Jonny Byrne, Ulster University

 
Defining peacewalls and understanding changing attitudes to interfaces, interactions and shared space.
 
2.30pm –
4.00pm
Panel discussion: Policing in Northern Ireland
with Emma Bond, Ian McLaughlin and Rab McCallum
 
Perspectives from policing and the work of community organisations in promoting and maintaining dialogue and peace.
 
7.00pm –
late
Pub Quiz and traditional music
McHugh’s Bar
 
Friday
21 July

 
Room 0G.029, Elmwood Building
 
Final Reflections
11.00am –  11.30am Workshop on Essay Writing
Students can hand in their assignments at this session if they wish
11.30am –
1.00pm
Final Session: Informal Discussion and Feedback

 
Summer School closes
 
QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY STAFF TEACHING ON THE PROGRAMME
Professor Fiona Magowan
 
Professor of Social Anthropology
 
International Summer School Coordinator
 
School of History & Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
Professor John Brewer
 
Professor of Post Conflict Studies
 
Senior Institute Fellow
 
The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
 
  Professor Kieran McEvoy
 
Professor of Law and Transitional Justice
 
Senior Institute Fellow
 
The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice



 
 
  Dr Gladys Ganiel
Queen's University Research Fellow
 
The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
 
  Dr Julie Norman
Queen's University Research Fellow
 
The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
 
  Mr Michael Semple,
Visiting Research Professor
 
The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
 
   
Dr Dominic Bryan
Director of Institute of Irish Studies and Reader in Social Anthropology
 
Irish Studies Summer School Coordinator
 
   
Dr Katy Hayward
Senior Lecturer
 
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
 
The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
 
   
Dr Gordon Gillespie
Research Fellow
 
The Institute of Irish Studies
 
  Dr Cathal McCall
Reader
 
School of History & Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
  Dr Peter McLoughlin
Lecturer
 
School of History & Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
  Dr Eric Morier-Genoud
Lecturer in African History
 
School of History & Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
  Dr Neil Jarman
Research Fellow
 
The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
  Dr Rachel Cheryl Lawther
 
The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
 
 
  Dr Lee McGowan
Senior Lecturer
 
School of History & Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
  Dr Andrew Thompson
Lecturer
 
School of History & Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
  Professor Cahal McLaughlin
 
School of Arts, English and Languages
  Alan Whysall
 
Former British Government Official with experience of NI Peace Process work
  Dr Mike Bourne
Senior Lecturer
 
The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
 
School of History & Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
 
  Dr Debbie Lisle
Reader
 
School of History & Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
 
 
  Dr Des O’Rawe
Lecturer
 
School of Arts, English and Languages
  Dr Merav Amir
Lecturer
 
School of Natural and Built Environment
  Dr Laura Taylor
Lecturer
 
School of Psychology
  Professor Tony Gallagher
 

School of Education and School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

 
  Mr David Grant
Senior Lecturer
 
School of Arts, English and Languages
  Mr Mark Phelan
Lecturer
 
School of Arts, English and Languages
  
 
 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 05/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 06/26/2018 07/21/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.