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Heritage Podcast: Northern Ireland, Heritage And Memory Dealing With The Troubling Remnants Of Conflict In A Volatile State

05 November 2018

In this podcast, Laura McAtackney aims to re-focus our attention away from the personal narratives of oral testimonies as well as the documents of government archives in terms of how we understand the Northern Ireland Troubles and its continuing presence.

Instead, it will examine the aftermath of the conflict in terms of what has happened to its material remains since the Good Friday Agreement (1998). Focusing on the fates of so-called ‘peace walls’ in Belfast and the enduring remnants of Long Kesh / Maze prison, this podcast explores the biographies of things and how they may continue to ‘trouble’ our present in expected and unexpected ways.

About the speaker

Dr Laura McAtackney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology & Heritage Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. She is originally from Belfast, and has studied at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. An archaeologist by training, her current research uses contemporary and historical approaches to material culture while examining its heritage implications. To dates she has explored areas as diverse as material barriers in post-conflict Northern Ireland, female experiences of political imprisonment during the Irish Civil War and race/social relations on early modern Montserrat in the Caribbean (the latter is as a member of the SLAM project at Wayne State University and Brown University in the US).

About the Heritage Podcast series

The Heritage Podcast series is a collection of eight 20 minute podcasts by academic researchers and leaders of major Irish heritage institutions. The series addresses questions of critical importance in Irish heritage. Opportunities and challenges of preservation and protection of Irish cultural heritage are addressed. It also provides a valuable and educational resource recorded by experts in heritage and preservation, which is publicly accessible to prompt thought and discussion.

Developed and produced by the Historical Studies Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. Supported by The Heritage Council as part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. Recorded by Real Smart Media.

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