Brexit and the Border: Tim Mc Inerney, Rutgers-Paris 8 Exchange Seminar #3
Thursday, April 28, 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: Brexit and the Border
Description: In our final session we will see how Britain’s dark history in Ireland came back to haunt it during the Brexit referendum of 2016. We will examine why the Irish border, though hardly mentioned during the campaign itself, rendered the greatest ambitions of Brexit all but impossible. Over the next four years, the territory became a pawn in a largely cynical and disingenuous media war, creating a new sense of alienation among Irish unionists and bringing the question of a United Ireland firmly onto the table. We’ll see how the awkward realities of Northern Ireland stymied Britain’s Brexit dreams, and how the EU-exit may have accelerated the dissolution of the United Kingdom.
Reading: Extracts from media articles by Fintan O’Toole and Susan McKay.