Author: Pauline Hadaway
‘Days of Hope? Exploring the Co-operators Yearbooks (1917-22)’ at the Co-operative Education Conference 2016.
My paper presents findings from early explorations of the Co-operator’s Yearbooks following six months’ research in the National Co-operative Archive, Holyoake House, Manchester. The research began with an interest in the Cooperative movement’s role in rebuilding society and the economy following the First World War.
The conference will be held in the Geoffrey Manton building, on the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Manchester Campus, just off Oxford Road opposite Manchester Aquatics Centre.
Common Ground is a one day conference organised by myself and Sarah Feinstein at the University of Manchester on 10 May 2016. The event is aimed at building dialogue and exploring relationships between academic researchers and communities who are the subject of research in Ireland, mainly focusing on experiences in the North and Border counties. This free event is open to emerging and established academics. Independent scholars and interested members of the public are also welcome. The conference will be of particular interest to Post Graduate Researchers in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Irish Studies, Drama and Performing Arts and Screen Studies.
9.30 – 10.00 am – Tea, coffee and registration.
10.00 – 11.30 am – Discussion: Northern Ireland, over researched and misunderstood?
The late John Whyte famously observed that ‘relative to its size Northern Ireland is possibly the most heavily- researched area on earth’ with hundreds of books and thousands of articles published since the current ‘troubles’ began there in 1968. Since his seminal ‘Interpreting Northern Ireland’ was published 25 years ago, many thousands more research studies have been undertaken, books and articles written, mostly approaching Northern Ireland as a case study for understanding the causes and remedies of violent conflict. Is there a danger that an over emphasis on understanding the region through studies of community, conflict and ‘cultural difference’ could lead to ‘stereotyping’, as the general and largely unexceptional experience of living and working in Northern Ireland tends to slip out of view? And what about the ‘researched community’? Could Northern Ireland be suffering research fatigue? And in what ways are the subjects of research able to engage with and respond to research findings? How do cultural managers and cultural practitioners manage the demands of researchers? And how does this sit within the policy framework of the cultural sector and cultural institutions?
Four speakers open the discussion with ten-minute presentations, provocations and perspectives on the theme. Followed by an open discussion among audience and speakers, chaired by Pauline Hadaway (PGR, University of Manchester, writer and researcher and convener of The Liverpool Salon).
Fiona Barber (Reader in Art History, Manchester School of Art)
Dr. Chris Gilligan (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of West Scotland)
Professor Roger McGinty (Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manchester)
Dr. Laurence McKeown (Playwright, socially engaged artist and filmmaker).
Sheelagh Colclough (Belfast based collaborative arts practitioner)
11.45 am – 12.15 pm – The Liverpool Postgraduate Journal of Irish Studies
Liverpool Postgraduate Journal of Irish Studies presented by Co-founder, Seán Hewitt, PhD Candidate at University of Liverpool, Institute for Irish Studies.
12.30 pm – 1.30 pm – Lunch
1.45 pm – 4.00 pm – Film Screening followed by conversation and Q&A with the filmmaker
You Were Never Big on Luxuries: Art, Life and Conflict – Manchester premier of a documentary film that looks at how EU Peace funded projects have used the arts to deal with the legacy of conflict in the north of Ireland. The film has a specific focus on the Aftermath project, which used photography, music, and film to interact with participants in the project – victims/survivors of the conflict and those displaced by conflict. The film features interviews with artists, political activists, academics, and those tasked with providing funding for the arts
The screening is followed by a conversation between the film’s Director, Laurence McKeown, and Dr. Alison Jeffers Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Contemporary Performance, University of Manchester.
4.00 pm – Conference ends
This all day conference is free and open to all. However, we may be able to make a contribution towards some travel expenses for Post Graduate Students travelling from outside Greater Manchester. For more information, please contact Sarah and Pauline on [email protected].
Sarah Feinstein and Pauline Hadaway are undertaking doctoral research at the University of Manchester, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. Pauline’s research interest is Culture and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland. Contact Sarah and Pauline on [email protected]
The Conference ends at 4:00 pm.
This event has been made possible through the generous support of artsmethods and the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership.
Dr Laurence McKeown is a writer, playwright, and filmmaker though sees those roles within the broader context of political activism, academia, and the role that the arts can play in both. His involvement in creative works, political education, and academia began during his period of incarceration as a political prisoner (1976-1992). Following his release from prison Laurence completed a doctoral thesis at Queen’s University, Belfast which examined the development of Irish republican prisoners’ politics and methods of organisation. His thesis was published in 2001 entitled Out of Time. In the 1990s Laurence co-wrote a feature film, H3, based on the 1981 hunger strike within the prison which he participated in (for 70 days) and during which 10 prisoners died. Laurence then began to work as a playwright, using full-length plays and bespoke theatre to explore issues concerning the legacy of the conflict in the North of Ireland. He was Coordinator of the Aftermath project, funded by the EU PEACE III programme, based in Co Louth & Newry/South Armagh 2012-2014 (www.aftermath-ireland.com). In the project Laurence used the arts (film, photography, and music) to engage with victims/survivors of the conflict and also persons displaced by the conflict in Ireland and internationally. Laurence’s most recent documentary film, ‘You were never big on luxuries: Art, Life and Conflict, was premeired at the end of April 2015 as part of the Belfast Film Festival. Laurence founded the festival in 1995 when it began as the West Belfast Film Festival before expanding to become city-wide in 2001. Laurence was Chairperson of the festival from its inception in 1995 until 2005. He remains on the board of management. Laurence is also a member of the Board of Northern Ireland Screen, the main funding body for filmmaking in Northern Ireland.
Fionna Barber is Reader in Art History, Manchester School of Art. Originally from Portadown in Northern Ireland, Fionna has taught Art History at the Manchester School of Art for over twenty years. Before that she taught at the University of Ulster and for the Open University in Northern Ireland. She has published extensively on Irish art and is the author of Art in Ireland since 1910 (Reaktion 2013). As an OU tutor Fionna also taught several students in Long Kesh / The Maze Prison and her recollections of this time are included in the Prisons Memory Archive films We Were There: Women of Long Kesh and the Maze Prisons (Aguiar 2014) and in the latest version of Inside Stories: Memories from the Maze and Long Kesh Prison (McLaughlin 2005/2016). Her current research interests include memory and trauma in post-conflict art in Northern Ireland, and she is additionally researching a monograph on Irish women artists during revolution and reconstruction (1916-c.1930). She has also recently co-curated (with Laura McAtackney and Katherine O’Donnell) the exhibition Con and Eva: We Meet beyond the Earth’s Barred Gate, opening at the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland in Belfast on 18 May and which will also be shown in Manchester later in 2016.
Chris Gilligan is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the West of Scotland. His main field of research is in the broad area of nationalism, racism, sectarianism and migration. His publications include: Peace or War? Understanding the Peace Process in Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland Ten Years after the Agreement; Migration and Divided Societies, and The Public and the Politics of Immigration Controls.
Roger Mac Ginty is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, and the Department of Politics, University of Manchester, where he teaches on the Peace and Conflict Studies MA programme. He edits the journal Peacebuilding (with Oliver Richmond) and is currently working on everyday indicators of peace and insecurity in four Sub Saharan countries, and on a project on the data collection by UN peacekeepers. He has published widely on international Peacebuilding, including most recently International Peacebuilding and Local Resistance (Palgrave), Everyday peace: Bottom-up and local agency in conflict-affected societies.
Sheelagh Colclough is a Belfast based multi disciplinary artist who has 15 years of experience in collaborative arts practice: arts education and engagement, production, programming and research. Her work includes: commissioned installations, facilitation, research, consultation and presentations for organisations and festivals in Ireland and Europe. She has been part of the outreach and education team for the Turner Prize 2013, Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture and for the UK Paralympic Flame Festival 2012. In recent years she has exhibited with Golden Thread and PS² galleries in Belfast and has programmed and participated in a series of collaborative practice events for Ulster University. She completed a collaborative artists residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre with The Performance Corporation, Dublin in 2015 and will be in residence with IZOLYATSIA, Ukraine in July 2016. Sheelagh is currently a board member of Blue Drum, a Dublin based community arts and cultural rights organisation. Much of her work examines the hierarchies of state sanctioned social interventions present in many community and collaborative art projects from which The Sheelagh Foundation was born; a tongue in cheek, conceptual institution adept at conducting bipartisan research and performative consultation at surprisingly reasonable rates. Sheelagh has received Arts Council of Northern Ireland awards for her work.
Seán Hewitt is a PhD candidate as the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. Sean read English at Girton College, Cambridge, before moving to the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, where he gained an MA in 2014 and where he is currently studying for a PhD on the works of J.M. Synge. His research is funded by the AHRC. He is the founder and general editor of Liverpool Postgraduate Journal of Irish Studies.
Alison Jeffers’ research interests in theatre focus on some of the ways in which theatre and the arts are used in a wide range of settings – from theatre work with refugees and asylum seekers to community plays in major cities in Britain and Ireland. The threads that link these practices include considering the role of story and storytelling in a wide variety of performance settings, the role of participation and creativity in community-building, and questions of authority and authorship in community-based creative practices. Alison has recently published work on community plays and community consultation processes in Belfast and is working on an edited book about the community arts movement of the 1970s and 1980s.
Event Title: Days of Hope: Women Co-operators in the years following the First World War.
Venue: The Learning Loft, Rochdale Pioneers Museum, Toad Lane, Rochdale, Lancs.
Time: Thursday 12 November at 3-5 pm.
Ullet Road Unitarian Church, 57 Ullet Rd, Liverpool L17 2AA York Street entrance.
Friday 6 November at 7.30 pm
The Liverpool Salon and Ullet Road Unitarians invite you to join them to debate the nature of radical politics today in the historical light of ideas of ‘spiritual freedom’, freethinking and tolerance for dissent. We ask, who are today’s political radicals, how do they connect to the history of radicalism and what are the challenges for reigniting radicalism in the contemporary world?
When Parliament abolished the Court of Star Chamber in 1640, it established the principle of defending individual liberties and freedom of conscience against the arbitrary power of governments to silence political opposition and religious dissent. In the words of John Milton, freedom of conscience meant that ‘no man ought to be punished or molested by any outward force on earth whatsoever because of a belief or practice in religion according to conscientious belief’. Religious dissent and radical politics often went hand in hand; as people like eighteenth-century Unitarian radical John Cartwright argued, it was not enough to hope and pray for a ‘better world’ to come, but that ‘we should mend the world we are in’. The concept of ‘spiritual freedom’ became key to Enlightenment understandings of tolerance and freethinking, which advocated robust engagement with others over matters of principle, opening the door to radical political movements that advanced the cause of universal suffrage, equality and individual and collective freedoms.
From ‘counter extremism’ legislation, to fears of ‘radicalisation’, censorship and speech codes that restrict what we can say, Britain appears to be straying a long way from Enlightenment principles of tolerance and freethinking. What are the links between radical politics, political freedoms and tolerance for dissent? Are these historical concepts still relevant today? Or are some forms of radicalism simply beyond the limits of tolerance? If there are limits ontolerance, where do we draw the line and what are the implications for reigniting radicalism today?
Reigniting Radicalism is a Battle of Ideas 2015 satellite event. The Battle of Ideas is a weekend of high level, thought provoking public debate taking place on 17 & 18 October at the Barbican, London. For more info and tickets visit Battle of Ideas 2015
Guided Tour of historic Ullet Road Church: 7pm
Pauline Hadaway has worked in arts and education since 1990 and is co-founder of The Liverpool Salon, a new forum for public debate on Merseyside. In her doctoral research at the University of Manchester, Pauline is currently exploring different uses of arts, heritage and culture as tools for peace building in Northern Ireland. Pauline has been published widely including: ‘Policing the Public Gaze’ (2009), a report for campaign group, The Manifesto Club; ‘Escaping the Panopticon’ (2012) and ‘Re-imagining Titanic, re-imaging Belfast’ a chapter in ‘Relaunching Titanic: Memory and Marketing in the ‘Post Conflict City’ (2013)
John Fitzpatrick worked for many years in community law centres in Brixton and Hammersmith in London and joined the University of Kent in 1991. He is Director of the Kent Law Clinic and teaches human rights law at Kent. The Law Clinic provides free legal representation to those who can’t afford it – in employment, housing, welfare benefits,immigration, asylum, public rights of way and other cases, while teaching students in the process.
Rev. Philip Waldron is a Unitarian District Minister for Merseyside. His principle churches are Ullet Road Church, Wirral and Southport Unitarians. This is Philip’s first Ministry. Philip graduated from Luther King House (Ecumenical College) in 2015, studying Contextual Theology. Philip also attended Bishop Grosseteste College in Lincoln, gaining a BA in Community Theatre. Philip has been published contributing to ‘Liverpool Unitarians: Faith & Action’ (2014). Philip ran a community theatre company in Liverpool from 2005 – 2010, producing original plays which explored themes of social class, The Duel (2006), The Vindictive Duchess (2007).
Pete North is Reader in Alternative Economies at the University of Liverpool. He gained his BA in History and Politics in 1984. After a few years working for the Departments of Employment, Trade and Industry, and Environment, he gained his MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford (1993) and his PhD from the School for Advanced Urban Studies at the University of Bristol (1997). He was a post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Sheffield (1996-7). Between 1997 and 2002 he was Senior Research Fellow at the Local Economy Policy Unit at South Bank University. He joined the University of Liverpool in 2002.Read the full article...
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