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UN Year of Reconciliation 2009

INCORE Programme

INCORE at the University of Ulster is marking the UN Year of Reconciliation (2009) with a special programme of events. 


On 20 November 2006, the General Assembly decided to proclaim 2009 as the International Year of Reconciliation (Resolution 61/17).  This resolution expresses the UN’s steadfast determination to pursue reconciliation processes in those societies affected or divided by conflicts, describing such processes as necessary for the establishment of firm and lasting peace. The Assembly invited concerned Governments and international and non-governmental organizations to support reconciliation processes among such societies.  It also invited them to implement adequate cultural, educational and social programmes to promote the concept of reconciliation, including the holding of conferences and seminars, and the dissemination of information on the subject. In light of this INCORE, as an associated institution of United Nations University, will seek to raise awareness and disseminate information about reconciliation and promote the importance of this topic in Northern Ireland and in other societies coming out of conflict through its special 2009 programme.  The lessons from Northern Ireland will be a specific focus.  The programme will also critically reflect on the concept of reconciliation considering how it relates to key issues such as gender and political transition.

Programme [Last Updated on Monday, 22-Mar-2010 11:04 ]

Date Event Details Information
2 March 2009 Public Lecture: Civility and Reconciliation in the Age of Obama by Professor Van Til In this talk, Prof. Van Til builds on the newly issued paperback edition of his Growing Civil Society to examine the choices that face the Obama administration in the area of civil society. Three embodiments of Obama—orator, pragmatist, and organiser—frame the policy choices of his new Administration, which may find itself forcefully driven by a global transformation in civil society that Obama himself has done much to engender. Jon Van Til is Professor of Urban Studies and Community Planning at Rutgers University, Camden. 

6.00 pm, Monday 2 March 2009 in the Great Hall, Magee campus. Inquiries to Janet Farren (Je.farren@ulster.ac.uk, fax (+44) 28 71375446)


View Lecture online: Link to video page

9 March 2009

Seminar: Reconciliation through Memorialization? A Critical Look at Commemoration in Post-apartheid South Africa by Professor  Sabine Marschall

This seminar is part of the AHRC funded CAIN project entitled 'Remembering': Victims, Survivors and Commemoration in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland. Professor Marschall is from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

12pm-13:00m, Room MI022, Aberfoyle House, Magee Campus, University of Ulster. RSVP to Janet Farren (Je.farren@ulster.ac.uk, fax (+44) 28 71375446

24 March 2008 Lecture: Trócaire Annual Lenten lecture series “The Responsibility to Protect Civilians in Times of Conflict – What can we do?” The Trócaire lecture series is a key part of Trócaire’s annual Lenten campaign.  The Lecture aims to insert a strong policy dimension into the overall campaign.  Trócaire uses the annual lecture to engage the public on a deeper level then is done throughout the rest of Lent.  The theme of this year’s lecture series will be: “The responsibility to protect civilians in times of conflict – what can we do?” In Derry the lecture will be co-hosted by the Transitional Justice Institute and INCORE speakers at the panel discussion will include:  John Ging (UNRWA), Brandon Hamber (INCORE), Susan McKay (Journalist), Transitional Justice Institute, Eóin Murray (Trócaire).

Invitation: Troc_Invitation.pdf

For further information or enquiries contact:
Derry Lecture: Lawrence McBride lmcbride@trocaire.ie

28 March 2009 Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell followed by a panel discussion on 'Dealing with the Past: Conflict and Consensus'. As part of the Belfast Film Festival, INCORE with the support of the British Council will be supporting the screening of the award winning film Pray the Devil Back to HellPray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.  The film will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Brandon Hamber (Director of INCORE). Panellists include David Porter (Director for Reconciliation Ministry Coventry Cathedral), Mike Ritchie (Committee on the Administration of Justice), Kate Turner (Healing Through Remembering) and Senator Jim Walsh (Member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality & Women's Rights.

Belfast Film Festival Programme

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

31 March 2008

Seminar: Commemoration and Peace-making: Reconciling Difference or Exacerbating Conflict? by Dr Sara McDowell

This seminar is part of the AHRC funded CAIN project entitled 'Remembering': Victims, Survivors and Commemoration in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland. Dr McDowell is from the University of Ulster.

12pm-13:00m, Room MI022, Aberfoyle House, Magee Campus, University of Ulster. RSVP to Janet Farren (Je.farren@ulster.ac.uk, fax (+44) 28 71375446

26 May 2009

Virtual Discussion:
Northern Ireland Peace Walls: Co-existence or Intractable Division?

INCORE will host an online seminar, through Second Life, exploring the subject Peace Walls. Join us in Second Life for the event, or contact us directly if you want to join us on the Magee campus to get access that way.

Join us here
Find out more about Second Life here: www.secondlife.com

15-19 June 2009 10th INCORE International Summer School focusing on reconciliation and lessons from the Northern Ireland peace process The INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute) Summer School at the University of Ulster's Magee Campus in Northern Ireland provides a structured learning opportunity to analyse the dynamic and constantly changing field of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Focusing on the latest research and concepts in peace and conflict studies and practice; participants are invited to compare, contrast and learn from different perspectives.
This year we are offering three courses: (1) Interpersonal Reconciliation after Violent Political Conflict; (2) Peacemaking and Peacebuilding: Exploring the Lessons Learned from Northern Ireland; (3) Evaluation and Impact Assessment of Peacebuilding Programmes

Summer School Programme
Deadline for applications 1 March 2009.
17 June 2009 10th INCORE International Summer School Lecture Invitation ‘Between Revenge and Reconciliation? Making peace on the British-Irish ethnic frontier’
By Dr Duncan Morrow, Chief Executive Officer, NI Community Relations Council Wednesday 17 June 2009 at 18.30 Great Hall, Magee campus, University of Ulster Preceded by light refreshments at 18.00 RSVP (acceptance only) by 12 June 2009.

Download Lecture invitation:
View Lecture online
: Link to video page
8 Oct-2009 CAIN Seminar Series - 2009-10 This seminar is part of the AHRC funded CAIN project. The Seminar is entitled "Repairing the Irreparable: Challenges facing compensation and reparations in societies in transition" and presented by Professor Brandon Hamber

View Lecture online
: Link to video page
Nov-2009 Book Launch: Professor Hamber's new book Transforming Societies After Political Violence will be launched in New York on 11 November 2009 at Columbia University. The launch will include a panel discussion with leaders in the field of transitional justice.

Links: Download Invitation:
Nov-2009 CAIN Seminar Series - 2009-10 Teya Sepunik, Director, Theatre of Witness Programme will speak on her work in Northern Ireland 'Theatre of Witness in Northern Ireland - Bringing People Together'. the event will take place on 26 November at 12:00pm in Room MI022, Aberfoyle House, Magee campus, University of Ulster, Derry/Londonderry.

Links: To register please contact Janet Farren
9 Dec-2009 Book Launch: To mark the launch of Professor Brandon Hamber’s new book "Transforming Societies After Political Violence: Truth, Reconciliation, and Mental Health (Springer, 2009)" the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, South Africa and the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) will be hosting a conversation about the book followed by wine and snacks. You are invited to join us.

Links: Download Invitation:


For more information email secretary@incore.ulst.ac.uk

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