Conflicting Views: Visual Culture, Conflict and Northern Ireland

9-11 June 2010

UCD’s partner institution for the Photography & International Conflict project- The School of Creative Arts and the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin- hosted a three day conference on Visual Culture, Conflict and Northern Ireland in June 2010.

During the last decade of the ‘peace process’, the visual arts have been identified within official policy as playing a crucial role in peace-building across communities and the official ‘public’ spaces of post-conflict Northern Ireland.  While the merits of such policy in particular, and the realities of the designation of ‘post-conflict’ in general have been open to much debate, the role of visual culture in areas such as cultural memory, ethics, human rights and political activism have generated a range of responses from scholars, photographers, visual arts practitioners, curators and community based activists working through a range of disciplines.

Plenary speakers whose talks were recorded for this website include: Dr. Graham Dawson, University of Brighton – “Problems of Representation Across the Psychic and Political Peacelines of Post-Conflict Belfast”.

Dr. Tom Herron, Leeds Metropolitan University- “From Troscadh to Long Kesh: the codes of Hunger” and Dr. John Lynch, University of Birmingham – “Hunger: Passion of the Militant,” along with a question and answer session with Tom Herron and John Lynch following their talks.

A conversation with Dr. Paul Seawright, Unversity of Ulster and Donovan Wylie, Magnum photographer, led by Dr. Justin Carville.

Dr. Anthony Haughey, Dublin Institute of Technology – “Imaging the Unimaginable: Disputed Territory”.

1. Graham Dawson plenary

2. Tom Herron and John Lynch plenary

3. Tom Herron and John Lynch Q&A

4. Paul Seawright and Donovan Wylie plenary

5. Anthony Haughey plenary