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Academics from George Washington University visit Queen’s as part of research colloquium

Queen’s recently welcomed scholars from George Washington University to explore the uses of the past in divided societies.

George Washington University visitors

Academic colleagues from George Washington’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and Elliott School of International Affairs joined scholars from Queen’s for a research colloquium on the theme of ‘Borders, Walls and Migrations’.

This is part of an ongoing research partnership with colleagues from the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s who have been invited to Washington DC to participate in a research colloquium on ‘Divided Societies and Memory’ at George Washington University.

Professor Dominic Bryan, Dr Evi Chatzipanagiotidou, Dr Darragh Gannon, Professor Sean O’Connell and Dr Olwen Purdue will discuss their work on the role that history and memory can play in divided societies from a range of global perspectives.   

Speaking about these events, Dr Olwen Purdue, Queen’s lead for the Queen’s and George Washington University partnership and Director of the Centre for Public History at Queen’s, said: “This series of colloquia provides an invaluable opportunity for Queen’s and George Washington scholars to discuss important issues regarding uses of the past which very much affect our societies in the present.

“Our growing partnership with George Washington University, which reaches from undergraduate students through to world-leading academics, provides a unique opportunity to explore these pressing issues in a global context, but particularly as they relate to the US, Ireland and the UK.”