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Jan Robert Schulz

Title of thesis

Girardian sacrificial commemoration and post-conflict reconciliation in Northern Ireland

Project overview

Robert’s thesis is an intervention into the existing literature dealing with post-conflict commemoration and reconciliation. Demonstrating the limits of the existing literature, it proposes a new approach for the study of the influence of commemoration on post-conflict peacebuilding. This new approach builds on Girard's sacrificial mechanism as well as psychosocial defence and is tested in three case studies, all situated in post-conflict Northern Ireland.

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Submission date

The thesis was submitted in September 2016

Research interests

International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Post-conflict Reconciliation, Peacebuilding, René Girard, Mimetic Theory, Sacrifice, Scapegoating, Psychoanalysis, Political Violence, Religion and Violence, Security Studies, Critical Terrorism Studies, Visual Culture, Commemoration, Memorialisation, Memory Studies

Publications

Jan Robert Schulz (2011). ‘Who Fears to Speak of Easter Week: Remembering and Forgetting the Easter Rising in Northern Irish History Textbooks’. In: International Perspectives in Adult Education No. 66, pp. 17–28. 

Conferences and invited presentations

(2016) No shared remembrance, no remorse, no reflection: Girardian sacrificial commemoration practices in post-conflict (post-1998) Northern Ireland - presented at BISA 2016 41th anniversary conference, Edinburgh, 15-17 June 

(2016) Titanic in Belfast: A shared memory without reflection? - presented at Power, Memory and Identity in (post)conflict societies symposium, NUI Galway, 03 March

(2015) The transformation of the police (RUC/PSNI) in post-conflict Northern Ireland: facilitated by the commemoration of sacrifice? - presented at Fourth Annual Conference of the International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (IAPCS) and the ECPR Standing Group on Critical Peace and Conflict Studies, The University of Manchester, 10-11 September

(2015) Between repetition and reflection: Sinn Féin's sacrificial commemoration practices - presented at Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies Annual Conference 2015, Liverpool Hope University, 1-3 July

(2015) Violence, Visuality, Memory: Sacrificial Commemoration Practices in Northern Ireland - presented at BISA 2015 40th anniversary conference, London, 17-19 June

(2015) Neither repetition nor reflection: sacrificial commemoration practices and post-conflict reconciliation - presented at OpenSpace seminar, University of Manchester, 10 March

(2014) Violence, Rituals, Memory: Commemoration in Northern Ireland - presented at Third Annual Conference of the International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (IAPCS) and the ECPR Standing Group on Critical Peace and Conflict Studies, The University of Manchester, 11-12 September

(2014) Violence, Rituals, Memory: Commemoration in Northern Ireland - presented at ISA 2014 55th Annual Convention, Toronto, 26-29 March

(2013) On Visual Securitisation: Depiction, Picturing and Seeing in Politics - presented at the 11th Aberystwyth Lancaster Postgraduate Colloquium, University of Manchester, 5-7 June

Teaching experience

 

  • Teaching Assistant – Questions about International Relations (2016 – now)
  • Teaching Assistant – Introduction to International Relations (2013 – now)
  • Manchester Access Programme – Academic advisor (2015 – now)

 

Academic appointments

Conference organiser Aberystwyth Lancaster Postgraduate Colloquium, 5-7 June, 2013

Scholarships and grants

  • University of Manchester President’s Doctoral Scholar Award — PhD Scholarship (2012-2015)
  • University of Manchester SoSS Fieldwork Bursary (2014-2015)
  • University of Manchester Norman Chester Fund — Conference Travel Bursary (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • BISA Postgraduate Conference Bursary (2016)

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