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Andrew McNeill, Postgraduate Research Student

PhD student Andrew McNeillContact Details

Email: amcneill08@qub.ac.uk

Office Room Number: 01.510 (subject to change)

QUB Phone extension: 4686 (subject to change)

Year: 2

Project Details

First Supervisor: Evanthia Lyons

Second Supervisor: Samuel Pehrson

PhD Title: Constructing victims: Discourses of victimhood in Northern Ireland

Summary of Project: Utilising Critical Discourse Analysis, the project explores discourses about victims in Northern Ireland drawn from newspapers, political manifestos and interviews. Subject positions assigned to victims and the resistance expressed by such are examined to highlight how victimhood is a social construct which can be a potential or a risk for peace.

Research Cluster: Centre for Research in Political Psychology (Health and Social Issues Cluster)

Research Interests

Conflict transformation, peace psychology, critical discourse analysis.

Conferences

McNeill, A. (2011, July). Understanding and dealing with victimhood in political conflict. Symposium, presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey.

McNeill, A., Lyons, E., Pehrson, S. (2011, July). Discourses of victimhood: Exploring the discursive legitimisation of the Saville Inquiry. Presented as part of the symposium “Understanding and dealing with victimhood in political conflict” (Chair: Andrew McNeill) at the annual meeting of the International Society for Political Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey.

McNeill, A. (2011, July). Discussant at the symposium “Double-Sided Aspects of Victimhood” (Chair: Noa Schori) at the annual meeting of the International Society for Political Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey.

McNeill, A., Lyons, E., Pehrson, S. (2011, September). Constructing the Bloody Sunday Apology: British and Unionist Responses. Presented at the annual meeting of the British Psychological Society Social Section, Cambridge, England.

McNeill, A., Lyons, E., Pehrson, S. (2011, September). Constructing the Bloody Sunday Apology. Presented at the Queen's University School of Psychology Annual Postgraduate Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

McNeill, A., Lyons, E., Pehrson, S. (2012, September). Competing for definition: defining victims and perpetrators through discourse. To be presented at the EASP small group meeting on reconciliation in intergroup contexts: The divergent perspectives of perpetrator and victim groups.  Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Publications

McNeill, A., Lyons, E., Pehrson, S. (under review). Recontextualising apology: David Cameron's Bloody Sunday apology in British and Unionist press.