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Transforming the Conflict over the Holy Land: An Engagement with Israeli Religious Zionism and its Sacred Values (2016-2018)

'Transforming the Conflict over the Holy Land: An Engagement with Israeli Religious Zionism and its Sacred Values Project' investigates the contribution that religion can make to the existing approaches and methodologies of secular, mainstream conflict resolution, as is seen today in the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. On the one hand, the research project explores the role that interfaith engagement can play towards the creation of a dialogical platform putting Muslim and Christian Palestinians in meaningful conversation with national-religious settlers living in mainland Israel or the Occupied Territories. On the other, it maps out the impact of pre-existing allegiances as well as current political pressures (mainly, the BDS campaign and the anti-normalization movement) on the effectiveness of such interfaith engagement. The project benefits from close cooperation with local Jewish, Christian and Muslin leaders along with faith-based NGOs and organisations which operate at grassroots level in the Holy Land. The project is funded by the Irish Research Council New Horizons Research Project Scheme 2015.

Principal Investigator: Dr Carlo Aldrovandi

GATED: Segregated Education in Post-Conflict Bosnia and the Possibilities of Future Conflicts in Europe (2016-2019)

The specific aim of the GATED Project investigates if segregated education in post-conflict societies causes the radicalisation of youth and increases the possibilities of future conflicts. GATED project presents an interdisciplinary investigation of segregated education in Bosnia with particular focus on the phenomenon of 'two schools under one roof' (TSUOR) that currently operates in the country. TSUOR describes schools in Bosnia that are organised around the ethnic segregation of children. Children from different ethnic groups, namely Bosnian Muslims, Croats and Serbs, attend classes in the same building but are physically separated into different classrooms and are taught different curricula by teachers from their own ethnic and religious group. GATED project is funded by the European Commisssion under Marie Sklodowska Curie Global Fellowship.

Principal Investigator: Dr Maja Halilovic-Pastuovic

Slándáil (2014-2017)

Slándáil: the Impact of Social Media in Emergencies - Capability Project investigates cost-effective and ethically correct ways in which social media information can be used to enhance the performance of emergency management systems. The Slándáil Project is a collaborative project between the Schools of Ecumenics and Computer Science & Statistics at Trinity, and involves universities in Padua, Leipzig and Ulster together with first responders and technology providers in Italy, Germany, Ireland and the UK. ISE undertakes and oversees key ethical and human rights aspects concerning the societal impact of using social media during natural disaster emergencies.

Principal Investigators: Dr Carlo Aldrovandi and Dr Damien Jackson

Women Religious: Witness Seminars - Remembering the Conflict In and About Northern Ireland (2015-ongoing)

Women Religious: Witness Seminars focus on witness testimony. Witness testimony has a vital role in contributing to the academic integrity required for a comprehensive understanding of the years of the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. Women's voices have until recently been missing from the discourse, and only recently have community-based projects begun to remedy this via witness and archiving projects within cultural communities. This project works by convening, filming and archiving witness statements from women of faith, and initially, from female members of Catholic religious orders who lived and worked within and across various contexts in the years of violent conflict and subsequent transition. As such Witness Seminars complement and enrich academic data and archives by drawing on the indispensable knowledge of those who were actively involved with pastoral, community or educational activities within and between communities, often alongside those living in areas affected by violence - personally and structurally. The research project is led by Dr Dianne Kirby (Dept of History, Ulster Univ.) and Prof. Lisa Isherwood (Institute for Theological Partnerships, University of Winchester), in collaboration with Dr Geraldine Smyth, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, and Dr Jolene Mairs Dyer, (Media, Film and Journalism, Ulster University).

Principal Investigator: Dr Geraldine Smyth

Social Needs, Mental Health and Lifetime Opportunities of Belfast Youth (2011-ongoing)

Growing up on an Interface: Findings and Implications for the Social Needs, Mental Health and Lifetime Opportunities of Belfast Youth Project is sponsored by the National Institute of Healths (NIH) and OFM/DF. Working alongside colleagues at the Kroc Institute (Notre Dame University, USA), Dr Brendan Browne was responsible for collecting qualitative data from at risk children and young people living in the greater Belfast area. Dissemination of the research to date, includes; a policy report titled 'Growing Up On an Interface - Findings and Implications for the Social Needs, Mental Health and Lifetime Opportunities of Belfast Youth', publication of several high impact journal articles including 'Associations between mothers' experience with the troubles in Northern Ireland and mothers' and children's psychological functioning : the moderating role of social identity' and Social Identity and Youth Aggressive and Delinquent Behaviors in a Context of Political Violence and a book forthcoming (2017) entitled, 'Young People, Risk and Social Justice in a Transitional Society: the Case of Northern Ireland, of which Dr Browne is a co-author.



Last updated 1 February 2017 by Irish School of Ecumenics (Email).