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From Parades in Belfast to Statues in Virginia: Analyzing & Managing Conflicts Around Commemoration

Parade in Northern Ireland
Image by: Enrico Manlo
Event Date: December 06, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3540

This is part of the Conflict Resolution Colloquium Series.

Commemoration can and often is a political project. We commemorate and memorialize to mark distinctiveness of our group, a sense of common heritage, to have a sense of who we are as a group. This is an intergroup process and can have an important function in terms of people’s health and also in terms of consolidating the group’s strength. In groups and out groups will see commemorations in very different ways. What is seen as honoring the fallen by one group will be seen as revering the violent by others. Can common ground be found? Is it possible to commemorate the same events with due respect to both parties?         

Orla Muldoon, a professor and social psychologist at the University of Limerick, has studied memorialization in the Ireland context by conducting research on museums, national identity, parades, and flag issues as well as the trauma impacts of these. She will discuss her findings as well as raise some possible implications of her work for current events in the United States.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.