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Dr Brendan Ciarán Browne invited guest speaker at the newly launched Policy and Conflict Resolution Studies Centre, Arab American University, Ramallah

pcrscOn Tuesday 8th May, 2018 Dr Brendan Ciarán Browne will speak at the newly launched PCRSC, Arab American University Ramallah. ( The topic of the talk is: 'Contested Identities: Northern Ireland and the Promise of Peace'.

'Since the signing of the 1998 Peace Agreement in Northern Ireland (Good Friday/Belfast Agreement), Northern Ireland has become a markedly safer place in which to grow up. However, issues pertaining to contested identities, clashes over cultural symbols and the hardening of extreme positions have become a feature of the post-conflict landscape. In this talk, Dr Browne (Trinity College Dublin) interrogates the issue of identity formation in the 'new' Northern Ireland and highlights how a new, younger generation are willing (or not) to accept a more hybrid identity, than their predecessors. He will trace the origins of contested identities in Northern Ireland and will, with reference to the Irish Language and other key examples, highlight that the problematic of 'contested identities' ought to be carefully re-imagined to consider how identity formation in conflict can move beyond rigid ethno-nationalist principles. Dr Browne will speak for approximately 40 minutes with time for questions and discussion to follow'.

Last updated 8 May 2018 by Irish School of Ecumenics (Email).