- Feb 5 - Mar 26
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Whose History? Commemorating the ‘Great’ War in an Age of Shock and AweOpening Panel
Social to follow with Barry Kerr in The Dark Horse, Hill Street Brian Hanley, Fergal McCluskey, Joe Law, Sally Campbell Linen Hall Library Begins at 7:00 pm
War and Revolutionary Upheaval in EuropeDave Sherry Skainos Centre Begins at 7:00 pm
Ireland on the Dissecting Table: War, Empire and the Threat of Partition in the NorthFergal McCluskey Whiterock CC Begins at 7:00 pm
James Connolly, Labour and the Road to Easter WeekShaun Harkin, John Callow Unite Hall, N. Belfast Begins at 7:00 pm
Rebels and Renegades: Women and Opposition to the War in IrelandNiamh Puirséil, Mary Muldowney, Sonja Tiernan Coláiste Feirste Begins at 7:00 pm
Idir dhá chultúr: Impiriúlachas, Éirí Amach agus Teanga sa tréimhse réabhlóideach 1914-18/Between Two Cultures: Imperialism, Rebellion and Language in the Revolutionary Period, 1914-18Note: Panel in Irish with simultaneous translation into English Alan Titley and Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh An Chultúrlann Begins at 7:00 pm
The Scramble for Empire: Asia and Africa in the Crosshairs of EmpireTithi Battacharya 174 Trust/Duncairn Complex Begins at 7:00 pm
Between World War and Workers’ Revolution: Easter 1916 in Global ContextSocial to follow with Barry Kerr Conor Kostick, Cathy Bergin Lorcan Collins Markets CC Begins at 7:00 pm
In late 2014, a group of Belfast-based lay and professional historians, labour, community and youth activists met to form the Belfast Working-Class History Group/Cumann Stair Lucht Oibre Bhéal Feirste. We reject the dominant ‘two traditions’ approach to understanding this city’s troubled past, and we are critical of the ways in which our history is being used to construct a highly sanitised ‘shared past’ in which dissenting voices are neglected or obscured, and opponents of the status quo marginalised and forgotten.
Motivated by a shared frustration that commemoration of the formative events of the early twentieth century have excluded the perspectives of the working-class majority of this city, our first major undertaking was a lectures series on opposition to the First World War, entitled ‘Neither King nor Kaiser’: Empire, War and Rebellion in Ireland, 1912-1919. These lectures and panel discussions involve some of the leading authorities on these subjects, and were designed to be accessible to ordinary people on all sides of the sectarian divide, and to ethnic and religious minorities who have made Belfast their home only recently.
In a city that remains deeply divided and one marked by high levels of social deprivation on all sides, we are committed to promoting an inclusive, informed, and open-ended discussion about our past, and the present. We are critical of both the Unionist and Nationalist political traditions, and of attempts to downplay Britain’s responsibility for fomenting division in Ireland, and will lend our support to any efforts to bring working-class people together across sectarian, racial and ethnic divides.