SENKU seminar with Maruška Svašek
Politics and Beyond: Placemaking in Northern Ireland (and other post-conflict societies)
Exploring the complex dynamics of twenty-first century spatial sociality in Northern Ireland, this presentation provides a much-needed multi-dimensional perspective that undermines the dominant image of Northern Ireland as a conflict-ridden place. Despite touching on memories of 'the Troubles' and continuing unionist-nationalist tensions, the analysis refuses to consider people in the region as purely political beings, or to understand processes of placemaking solely through ethnic or national contestations and territoriality. Topics such as the significance of friendship, gender, and popular culture in spatial practices are considered, against the backdrop of the growing presence of migrants, refugees and diasporic groups. The theoretical arguments are also relevant to research in other post-conflict settings.
Maruška Svašek is Reader in the School of History and Anthropology, Queens University Belfast, and Fellow at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.