Telling Tales and Making It Up? Challenging Narratives of Violence in Northern Ireland’s Troubles

Room: 
Room 2.30A, Law & Politics Building
Time Slot: 
Tuesday 27th March 09:30 - 11:00
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Eamonn O'Kane (University of Wolverhampton)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Edward Burke (University of Nottingham)
  • Miss Rachel Kowalski (University of Oxford)
  • Dr Martin McCleery (Cardiff University)
  • Dr Kieran McConaghy (University of St Andrews)

Political and cultural narratives advanced to explain or justify acts of violence in Northern Ireland are often found to be partly erroneous or wilfully misleading when held up to rigorous scrutiny by historians and political scientists. However, these narratives remain important – they reveal the aims and processes of those that create and relate such accounts, throwing significant light on the characteristics and predilections of Northern Irish politics. Moreover, the disproportionate focus on Belfast and Derry/Londonderry to explain the trajectory of politics and violence in Northern Ireland obscures local divergences and rural catalysts for violence. Drawing its title from Roy Foster’s work on modern Irish historical myth-making, this panel aims to challenge orthodoxies and deepen knowledge when it comes to examining republican, loyalist and other accounts of violence during the Troubles.