Date(s) - 10/07/2020
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Ghosts of the Somme with Jonathan Evershed
Once assumed to be a driver or even cause of conflict, commemoration during Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries has come to occupy a central place in peacebuilding efforts. The inclusive and cross-communal reorientation of commemoration, particularly of the First World War, has been widely heralded as signifying new forms of reconciliation and a greater “maturity” in relationships between Ireland and the UK and between Unionists and Nationalists in Northern Ireland.
In this online talk, drawing on two years of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Belfast, Jonathan Evershed interrogates the particular and implicitly political claims about the nature of history, memory, and commemoration that define and sustain these assertions, and explores some of the hidden and countervailing transcripts that underwrite and disrupt them.
Jonathan Evershed is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Government and Politics, University College Cork and a visiting fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast.