The Troubles: Tim Mc Inerney, Rutgers-Paris 8 Exchange Seminar #2
Monday, April 25, 2022, 04:30pm - 06:00pm
Rutgers-Paris 8 Exchange
Imagining the Irish: Narratives of Nationhood 1916-2020
Three Seminars led by Professor Tim Mc Inerney (Université Paris 8)
April 21, 25, and 28, 2022
Rutgers Academic Building, West Wing, Sixth Floor Rm 6051
Hybrid in-person/zoom event open to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty
Title: The Troubles
Description: In this session we examine the outbreak of civil conflict in Northern Ireland. We will see how the new entity of Northern Ireland was built on systematic discrimination in the areas of housing, employment, and voting, all in the aim of ensuring British dominance over the territory. Inescapable analogies with similar systems of discrimination around the world helped to fuel a massive civil rights movement in the 1960s, and shortly afterwards a violent uprising against Northern Ireland’s “Orange State” would plunge the island of Ireland into chaos. We will see how the conflict transformed from a peaceful civil rights movement to a guerrilla war, transforming quiet neighborhoods into veritable battle zones in the space of a year.
Reading: Extracts from Bernadette Devlin, The Price of My Soul (1969); Bobby Sands’ Diary.