From Northern Ireland to Algeria: Dealing with contested memories through education

Event date(s): 20 September 2019

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This half-day symposium will consider agonistic approaches for post-conflict societies coming to terms with contested memories. The recent National Museums project on 1968 and an ongoing French Ministry of Armed Forces project on the Algerian War have both demonstrated the value of placing education at the centre of confronting such difficult pasts. This event will explore the shared methodological and theoretical underpinnings of both projects and what lessons their common approaches have to offer in their respective locations and beyond.

Event Schedule

10.00-10.15: Introduction – William Blair.

Session 1 

Chair: Professor Brandon Hamber (Ulster University).

10.15-10.45: Can/should agonistic memory inform educational practices in the museum?

Professor Anna Cento-Bull (Bath University) & Professor Nina Parish (University of Stirling)

10.45-11.15: Education and contested memories of the Algerian War: an agonistic approach.

Paul-Max Morin (ONACVG – French National Office for Veterans and Victims of War).

11.15-11.30: Coffee Break


Session 2

Chair: Professor Debbie Lisle (Queen’s University Belfast)

11.30-12.00: Confronting contested pasts through museums, education and agonism: the case of Northern Ireland’s 1968.

Dr Chris Reynolds (Nottingham Trent University).

12.00-12.30: The Role of the Ulster Museum in Interpreting the Voices of 68.

Hannah Crowdy & Karen Logan (National Museums NI).

12.30-13.00: Plenary discussion/Q&A: All speakers.

Date and Location

Date: Friday 20 September 2019.

Venue: Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Further Information

The event is organised by National Museums NI, and Nottingham Trent University.