Updated Symposium Programme

The symposium for this project will take place on the 27th June at the University of Notre Dame Global Gateway, London Campus. Tickets for this event are now sold out and a wait list is in operation. If you would like to be added to this wait list, please contact the organisers.

‘Rethinking the 1981 Long Kesh/ Maze Hunger Strike: 35 years on – Symposium Programme’

9.30 – 9.50:     Registration and Coffee

9.50 – 10.00:   Welcoming Notes: Alison Garden & Maggie Scull

10.00 – 11.30: Panel One: ‘Space’

Laura McAtackney (Associate Professor in Archaeology, Århus University), ‘Material approaches to the Hunger Strikes: lived experience, memory and the distributed self of Long Kesh/Maze’

George Legg (Teaching Fellow, King’s College London), ‘Medbh McGuckian and the Poetics of Biopolitical Space’

Emilie Pine (Lecturer in Irish Literature and Theatre Studies, University College Dublin), ‘Mediating the Memory of the Prison Protests and Hunger Strikes’

Chair: Dr Alison Garden (University College Dublin)

11.30 – 11.45: Coffee Break

11.45 – 13.15: Panel Two: ‘Body’

Ian Miller (Lecturer in History of Medicine, Ulster University), ‘Hunger Striking and Medical Ethics during the Troubles’

Caroline Magennis (Lecturer in twentieth and twenty-first century Literature, University of Salford), ‘”History exists in your body”: The Legacy of Nationalist Biopolitics in Contemporary Culture’

Niall Ó Dochartaigh, (Senior lecturer in political science and sociology) ‘Biological versus organisational time in Hunger Strike negotiations’

Chair: Maggie Scull (King’s College London)

13.15 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 15.00: Film Screening and Q&A

Cahal McLaughlin (Chair of Film Studies, Queen’s University Belfast), ‘Filmed Memories at the Site of the Maze and Long Kesh Hunger Strikes: extracts from the Prisons Memory Archive

15.15 – 15.30: Coffee Break

15.30 – 16.45: Panel Three: ‘Legacy’

Stephen Hopkins (Lecturer in Politics, University of Leicester), ‘Our Whole History has been Ruined!’ Bobby Sands, the 1981 Hunger Strike and the Politics of Republican Memory

Stefanie Lehner (Lecturer in Literary and Cultural Studies, Queen’s University Belfast), ‘’Temporality and Community: Unsteadying the Hunger Strikes’’

Thomas Hennessey (Professor of Modern British and Irish History, Canterbury Christ Church University), ‘The 1981 Hunger Strike 35 Years On’

Chair: Rob Savage (Professor of History, Boston College)

16.45 – 17.30: Roundtable Discussion and Concluding Remarks with Laurence McKeown, Hugh Logue, Liam McCloskey and Fr Joe McVeigh.

Chair: Ian McBride (Professor of Irish and British History, King’s College London)

17.30 – 18.30: Wine Reception sponsored by Christ Church Canterbury University

We have received generous sponsorship of this symposium from the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome Trust, Royal Historical Society and Christ Church Canterbury University.

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