The year 2018 marks the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Belfast Agreement that initiated an uneasy peace in Northern Ireland after the forty years of the Troubles. The last twenty years, however, has still not been sufficient time to satisfactorily resolve the issue of how to deal with the events of the conflict and the dissonant heritages that both gave rise to it and were, in turn, fuelled by it. With contributions from across the UK and Europe, Heritage after Conflict brings together a range of expertise to examine the work to which heritage is currently being put within Northern Ireland.
Questions about the contemporary application of remembering infiltrate every aspect of heritage studies, including built heritages, urban regeneration and planning, tourism, museum provision and intangible cultural heritages. These represent challenges for heritage professionals, who must carefully consider how they might curate and conserve dissonant heritages without exacerbating political tensions that might spark violence. Through a lens of critical heritage studies, contributors to this book locate their work within the wider contexts of post-conflict societies, divided cities and dissonant heritages.
Heritage after Conflict should be essential reading for academics, researchers and postgraduate students engaged in the study of the social sciences, history, peace studies, economics, cultural geography, museum heritage and cultural policy, and the creative arts. It should also be of great interest to heritage professionals.
Table of Contents
1. Negotiating Heritage after conflict: perspectives from Northern Ireland 2. Enduring insularity and the memory of Northern Ireland’s 1968 3. The Decade of Centenaries and a methodology for engaging with 'difficult heritage' 4. Organised Innocence in the Paramilitary Museum 5. Representing loyalist paramilitary heritage in non-museum exhibitions – aims, practices and challenges 6. Long Kesh/Maze: A case for participation in post-conflict heritage 7. Discourses and practices of dealing with the spatial legacy of conflict in Belfast: the cases of Crumlin Road Gaol and Girdwood Park 8. Legacies of conflict: housing and the security-threat-community 9. Migrants and the heritage sector: issues of recognition, access and representation 10. Where are all the women? Public memory, gender and memorialisation in contemporary Belfast
Elizabeth Crooke is the Professor of Heritage and Museum Studies at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.
Thomas Maguire is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.