Apologies, Abuses and Dealing with the past

Prof Kieran McEvoy and Dr Anna Bryson (QUB) – Within the academic literature, the concept of apology is diversely theorised and almost always focused on the state.  Despite widespread acceptance that apologies are key to dealing with past wrongs, in practice there has been relatively little detailed empirical assessment of the views of apologisers, victims … Read more

The ‘Disappeared,’ the ICLVR, and ‘dealing with the past’ in Northern Ireland

Dr Lauren Dempster (QUB) – 2014’s Stormont House Agreement (SHA) states that the Independent Commission on Information Retrieval (ICIR) will build ‘on the precedent provided by the Independent Commission on the Location of Victims’ Remains’. This presentation explores how the Independent Commission for the Location of Victim Remains (ICLVR) mechanism works and why it provides … Read more

Voice, Agency and Blame: Victimhood and Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland

Dr Cheryl Lawther, Prof Kieran McEvoy and Dr Lauren Dempster (QUB) – This presentation presents the preliminary findings of an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project entitled ‘Voice, Agency and Blame: Victimhood and the Imagined Community in Northern Ireland’. The project is based on qualitative interviews over 2016/17, with over 70 victims and survivors, … Read more