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The Spring Festival of Conflict Transformation Gets Underway

The Spring Festival of Conflict Transformation at Queen’s University kicks off 5 May so check out the Festival Programme to see the broad mix of talks, conversations, film, exhibitions and discussions that will provoke, stimulate and engage.

The Spring Festival of Conflict Transformation Gets Underway

Bertie Ahern and Arlene Foster are among the highlights at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice’s Spring Festival of Events at Queen’s University.

On the evening of Tuesday 31 May, Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern speaks on ‘Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland’ while First Minister Arlene Foster delivers the annual Harri Holkeri Lecture on Monday 23 May from 5-7 pm. This is the fourth year of this lecture series and this year’s lecture is entitled ‘Women, Leadership, and Peacebuilding.’

The festival starts Thursday 5 May at 12.30pm with a talk by Dr Shelley Deane on ‘Feedback from the Frontlines: Syrian Refugees,’ in the Senate Room at Queen’s. There is a total of 14 events over the three and a half week period of the festival, which concludes with the former Taoiseach’s lecture. Events include conferences, seminars, films, research seminars and an art exhibition.

All events are free and open to the public, but places are limited so please register to avoid disappointment. Registration for Arlene Foster’s lecture closes 13 May while registration for Bertie Ahern’s lecture closes 20 May.

There are two day-long events at the Festival:

  • Prisoner Hunger Strikers in Northern Ireland and Israel/Palestine: Examining the Long-Term Effects. Monday 9 May, 9-5 in the Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University
  • A workshop on Collaboration for Conflict Transformation: University Engagement with Civil Society. Friday 27 May, 9.30-4pm in 6 College Park, Belfast.


For a list and description of the events, click here.

To download the Festival brochure, click here.


Events at a Glance

Event Venue Type Time & Date
Dr Shelley Deane: Feedback from the frontlines: Syrian Refugees Senate Room Talk Thurs 5 May,
Meet the Author: Deaglán de Brédún, Power Play: The Rise of Modern Sinn Fein Old Staff Common Room Talk Fri 6 May,
6-8 pm
Prisoner Hunger Strikers in Northern Ireland and Israel/Palestine: Examining the Long-Term Effects Canada Room/Council Chamber Conference Mon 9 May,
In conversation with Susannah Tresilian Old Staff Common Room Conversation Thurs 12 May, 2.30-4 pm
Randomocracy: An Alternative to Elections and Voting Room 0G.074, Lanyon Building Short film and talk Mon 16 May,
12-2 pm
‘Interrogating masculinities: intersectionality as a heuristic device’ by Dr Baukje Prins TR6 Graduate School Seminar Wed 18 May,
4-6.30 pm
Image of the Enemy Queen’s Film Theatre Film Fri 20 May,
3.30-5 pm
FOUR DIRECTIONS: Colours for Cultural Justice – A Journey of Aboriginal Art Naughton Gallery Exhibition Exhibition Fri 20 May
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Arlene Foster MLA First Minister of Northern Ireland Harri Holkeri Lecture 2016, ‘Women, Leadership and Peacebuilding’ The Isdell Courtyard, Riddel Hall Lecture Mon 23 May
5.00pm – 7.00pm
‘Youth Justice and Conflict Transformation: What is the future following devolution?’ Great Hall Research Seminar Wed 25 May 10.00am – 1.00pm
Professor Brendan O’Leary ‘Feedback From the Frontlines: The Kurds and the Four Wolves Senate Room Talk Thurs 26 May 12.30pm – 2.00pm
‘Collaboration for Conflict Transformation: University Engagement with Civil Society’ 6 College Park Workshop Fri 27 May
9.30am – 4.00pm
Bertie Ahern ‘Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland The Isdell Courtyard, Riddel Hall Lecture Tues 31 May
5.00pm – 7.00pm


Dr Gladys Ganiel
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Dr Gladys Ganiel is a Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and a Research Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. Gladys works across the disciplines of sociology, politics, anthropology and religious studies. She specialises in religion, conflict transformation and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and South Africa; the emerging church movement; evangelicalism; and religious change on the island of Ireland.

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