Conference CFP: #Agreement20

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Caroline Magennis, University of Salford
contact email: 

An Academic Conference at University of Salford, 6-7th April 2018, on the impact and legacy of the 1998 Good Friday/Belfast Agreement.

This will form part of #Agreement20: an academic public engagement project featuring an Open Access Special Issue, digital recordings and journalism.

Keynotes: Dr Máire Braniff (Director of INCORE, University of Ulster) and Professor Colin Graham (Head of English, NUI Maynooth)

Creative Speakers: Jan Carson and Billy Cowan

We seek 20 minute paper contributions for our conference. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • The social, cultural and political legacy of the Agreement
  • New perspectives on the politics of 1998 and beyond
  • The consequences of the Agreement from different perspectives e.g. gender, race, sexuality and disability
  • How literature and culture have changed in Northern Ireland in the past 20 years
  • Decommissioning and paramilitarism
  • Brexit, Borders and Renegotiations
  • Language (Irish and/or Ulster Scots)
  • Legal Ramifications of the Agreement
  • Representations of the Agreement, Peace Process or ‘post’-conflict moment in the arts (broadly defined)
  • Perspectives on the Agreement from within and without Northern Ireland
  • The impact of peace-building initiatives and reconciliation organisations

The organisers understand that perspectives will change as the current political situation develops, so understand if contributors seek to keep their abstracts broader than usual.

Deadline for abstracts (no more than 250 words) and biographical note (no more than 75 words): 1st November 2017

Abstracts marked ‘Conference’ in Subject Line to:

Organisers: George Legg, Caroline Magennis, Maggie Scull