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The group carries out research on the politics, religion and culture of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, with a special focus on the overlapping of these three topics. 

Projects and ongoing research

  • The group has a common project entitled “The Legacy of 1998: Northern Irish Politics, Culture and Art after the Good Friday Agreement”.
  • A seminar with invited participants took place at the University of Agder on 21 March 2014, and the group is working on putting together an essay collection, based on the papers presented at the seminar, with an English publishing house.
  • Armstrong’s main project is a monograph concerning the relationship between Irish poetry and the visual arts, from Romanticism to the present.
  • Mustad works on politics and society in Northern Ireland, with a special emphasis on how the Democratic Unionist Party was transformed from being a “No” party to a “Yes” party in the peace process.
  • Herbert has worked on youth reconciliation projects and attitudes to political forgiveness in Northern Ireland, and on research projects concerning the relationship between social media, place and the conflict in Northern Ireland in a comparative setting.
  • AINE has been the host of cultural events – featuring writers, artists and films - within the Nordic section of the Irish Itinerary, organized by EFACIS (the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies).

Applications and research projects

In 2015, AINE has been part of application to the HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) joint research programme “Uses of the Past.” The project is entitled “Building Global Cities from Contested Memories: Uses of the Past in the Contemporary Construction of European Urban Identities” and also comprises participants from Kingston University (UK), University of Bern (Switzerland), University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), and University of Copenhagen (Denmark).

AINE plans to be part of more applications for external funding in 2016.

Main research partners

  • Kingston University London [Prof Paul Dixon and Prof David Herbert]
  • Institute for Conflict Research, Belfast [Dr. Neil Jarman]
  • University of Aarhus [Dr Sara Dybris McQuaid]
  • University of Limerick [Prof Margaret Mills Harper ]
  • National University of Ireland, Galway [Ass Prof Seán Crosson and Post Doc Anne Karhio]
  • Queen’s University Belfast [Ass Prof Steffi Lehner and Prof John Brewer]
  • University of Tromsø [Ass Prof Ruben Moi]
  • Høgskolen i Bergen [Ass Prof Sissel Rosland]

Members in the group

Associate members

David Eric John Herbert, Kingston University London

Leader of group

Charles Armstrong

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