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IRiSS Staff and UCoM Take Part in Linguistic Diversity Project
A number of staff from the Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRiSS) and the Ulster Centre on Multilingualism (UCoM) have been involved in an exciting project with staff from Newcastle University. The 'Múin Béarla do na Leanbhain' Project investigates how language in the north of the island of Ireland has been shaped by both historical and contemporary migration to the region. The project is being led by Professor Karen Corrigan (Newcastle) and is funded by AHRC in partnership with Gael Linn, and the Centre for Migration Studies in Omagh.
Professor Alison Henry and Dr Philip McDermott (Both from UCoM and IRiSS), have been providing consultative work on this project which has involved a number of outreach activities and events with local schools and community bodies.
For example, in the Summer Dr McDermott took part in activities organised as part of the project which celebrated Community Relations Week. Philip and Professor Corrigan gave a joint public lecture at Omagh library on how historical and contemporary migration has shaped the languages spoken in this region. A particular local focus was provided for the Tyrone audience. The lecture also examined how these languages continue to evolve and have even left their imprint on the environments around us today. The event was chaired by Dr Johanne Devlin Trew our IRiSS colleague from the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy.
Further events are planned with school pupils in the Autumn in order to introduce sociology students to topics relating to sociolinguistics and the sociology of Language.
Dr Johanne Devlin Trew, Dr Philip McDermott and Professor Karen Corrigan pictured after the event in Omagh Library
If you would like to be added to the e-mailing list for this project please contact Dr Philip McDermott (p.mcdermott@Ulster.ac.uk).
Along with Prof. Tonge (Liverpool), Prof. Hennessey (Canterbury Christchurch), Prof. McAuley (Huddersfield) and Dr. Whiting (Liverpool), Dr. Máire Braniff is launching the results of their recent membership survey of the Democratic Unionist Party.
About the book:
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has moved from a religion-dominated protest party to a pragmatic party of government in Northern Ireland, the most popular in the region, with more votes, Assembly seats, and MPs than any of its rivals. This book draws upon the first-ever survey of the party's members, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, along with over one hundred interviews, to analyse their views on the transformation undergone by the DUP. The book analyses what categories of individual make up the DUP, ranging from religious fundamentalists or moderates, detailing the religious composition of the party. How Free Presbyterian or Orange is the modern DUP and how is its membership changing? What identity do those members hold?
The book then assesses the attitudes of members to the contemporary power-sharing arrangements in a divided society. How comfortable is the DUP to sharing political spoils with the republican 'enemy'? How supportive are members of the Executive and Assembly in Northern Ireland and what progress do they think has been made? The book also dissects the modern fears of DUP members, ranging from the dilution of religious fervour to continuing fears over security and opposition to policing reforms. Attitudes to unity with other Unionist groups are explored, as are the prospects of capturing support from Catholic supporters of Northern Ireland's place in the United Kingdom.
Drawing upon unprecedented access to a party traditionally suspicious of outsiders, this book offers a unique insight into how an opposition party grounded in religious principles has accommodated change and broadened its appeal, whilst retaining most of its traditional hardcore membership.
The book will be launched on 17th June- RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to IRiSS's Dr Johanne Devlin-Trew on her latest research collaboration with partners at QUB and NMNI
The University of Ulster and Queen’s University
Belfast have officially launched a major World War One research collaboration,
as part of a wider initiative led by the Imperial War Museum in London.
The Living Legacies World War One Engagement
Centre has received £500,000 of support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in partnership with the
Heritage Lottery Fund.
It will be one of only five centres in the UK
established to protect the legacy of, and provide access to information on, one
of modern history’s most defining events. National Museums Northern Ireland is
working closely with the universities on the project.
University of Ulster Vice-Chancellor Professor
Richard Barnett said: “This is a
landmark project that will bring together the highly respected research
capabilities of Ulster and Queen’s to deliver a stronger,
of the First World War and its legacy.
“Over the next
three years, life stories, diaries, letters and other artefacts will be collected, interpreted and shared by university researchers.
This will lead to new community outreach activities focused on helping future
generations to understand what life was like from 1914 to 1918 and, deliver a
deeper understanding of conflict across all communities in Northern Ireland.”
Queen’s Vice Chancellor Professor Patrick
Johnston said: “Living Legacies provides an opportunity for Queen’s and the
University of Ulster to contribute to the legacy of this pivotal event in the
“Based at Queen’s Institute for Collaborative
Research in the Humanities, a key focus of the Centre will be to provide advice
and support for community research projects on the war. It is a fine example of
how, through interdisciplinary research and partnerships, we can learn more
about how society has been affected by past events, and the enduring cultural
and societal impact of World War One in Northern Ireland and around the globe.”
Dr Keith Lilley, Director of the Living
Legacies centre said: “Connecting
academic and public histories, the Living Legacies Engagement Centre will explore
the enduring impact of the conflict and First World War heritage.”
The International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) and the UNESCO Centre at the University of Ulster request the pleasure of your company at a celebration of
The HECUA 'Democracy and Social Change in Northern Ireland' Programme
On Friday 9th May 2014 at 3pm in Martha Magee's (MD008) Magee Campus, University of Ulster
For the last decade the HECUA 'Democracy and Social Change in Northern Ireland' Programme has provided an opportunity for students from the United States to live, work and study in Northern Ireland, examining the conflict from multiple perspectives and analysing Northern Ireland's resources for building an inclusive and sustainable democracy.
HECUA is an organisation of 17 United States Liberal Arts Colleges dedicated to education for social justice who partner with the University of Ulster in delivering the programme. The Programme is in its first year within a new home at INCORE, after spending eleven successful years within the UNESCO Centre at the University.
This event is an opportunity for an invited audience of community representatives, academics and policy makers to hear reflections on learning experiences from some students, and also to celebrate the success of the Programme in developing understandings of the Northern Ireland conflict on both sides of the Atlantic.
1.Gregory S. Burton, United States Consul General in Northern Ireland
2.Jenny Keyser, Executive Director of HECUA
The event will be followed by a reception.
(Note: places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis)
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