Dear ACDC list members,
Our next ACDC meeting will be on conflicting discourses in Northern Ireland, presented by Laura Filardo Llamas (Un. Of Valladolid). She is currently a guest researcher at the VU University, Dept of Language & Communication. She works on the analysis of conflict discourses and variation in contesting reconstructions of the same political context.
Date: Tuesday, 16 October
Laura will present some of her work on commemoration discourses in Northern Ireland with a view to understand why one party does and the other does not refer to historic events (see abstract below). In the Archive section of our website, you will find an article by Laura which includes a study of commemorative data and gives textual and visual examples. You will also find there a chapter by Achugar (2010) which gives a basis for further discussion on the role of reconstructions of events in collective memory. We think this approach can lead to interesting discussion and new insights on memory and politics.
Abstract: Thinking about commemoration in the Northern Irish context
One of the most surprising things about post-Agreement Northern Ireland is how history is used for political purposes, and how the process of remembering is not only an individual activity, but also a constitutive part of the creation of the two communities’ collective identity. Besides politicians’ speeches and statements, there are many socio-cultural manifestations which contribute to stressing – or silencing – the significance of specific historical events. That is the case, for example, of the commemoration plaques and memorials which are found in the streets of Belfast. Likewise, Republican paramilitaries (i.e., the IRA) have been issuing statements to commemorate events such as the 1916 Easter Rising. Looking at the textual construction of such examples can help us understand how different views of history are constructed – and probably institutionalized (following Achugar’s terms, 2010 ) – within each of the communities. If we consider that when remembering something we create an objectivised representation of reality, we can investigate how that is done textually and also consider the present and future effects of that discursive representation. In this discussion, I would like to reflect – by looking at examples taken from the NI context – on how historical events are constructed within a text by different communities, whether there are similarities and differences between text-types and discourse communities, and what are (or may be) the socio-political and cultural effects of such means of commemoration.
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You will also find the notes from our last meeting when Itziar Castelló gave a talk on Spanish Occupy discourses in the Archive section of our website.
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Looking forward to seeing you,
The ACD convenors,
Bertie Kaal, Steve Oswald, Nicolina Montesano Montessori and Alan Cienki
PS: The November meeting is planned for 13th November. We will welcome Dalia Gavriela (Bar Ilan University) who will talk about Israeli war discourses.