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Judging Carson and Redmond

An event in Queen's University Belfast, hosted in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy.

25•02•19 | 4.30pm

Debate overview

Just over 100 years ago the balance of power in Westminster was held by Irish politicians. John Redmond and Edward Carson remain two of the biggest names in modern Irish history. At the peak of their careers as senior members of the British parliament, they were locked together in combat over Home Rule. Divided by the union with Britain, they had surprisingly much in common. Contemporaries saw them together, and routinely judged them in comparative contexts. But with the partition of Ireland and independence, they have been disconnected, viewed wholly apart, and seen in political contexts scarcely imagined by people at the time.

This event is the first to assess them as contemporaries would have done. It uses both new approaches and much new evidence to shed fresh light on their sometimes fraught private lives, their professional and political achievements, and their stands on violence and war. The result will be a strikingly original reassessment of the two men and their legacies.

  • Date & Time
    Monday 25 February, 4.30pm - 6.15pm Doors open at 4.30pm, seats to be issued on a first come, first served basis
  • Location
    Council Chamber and Canada Room, Queen’s University Belfast Refreshments served following the debate
  • Speaker
    Professor Alvin Jackson

Event Details

Doors open to Council Chamber (seats to be issued on a first come, first served basis)
Debate begins
Professor Alvin Jackson
Panel question and answer session
Drinks reception in the Canada Room

Debate details

  • Professor Alvin Jackson

    Richard Lodge Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh

    Alvin Jackson is one of the most prominent historians of modern Ireland. He is Richard Lodge Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh, and has been lecturer in history at University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast. He is the author of seven books, including Judging Redmond and Carson (2018), The Two Unions (2013), and he has also recently edited the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History (2017). Among his awards, he is an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Getting Here


Council Chamber and Canada Room
Lanyon Building
Queen's University Belfast,
University Rd,
Belfast, BT7 1NN
More Information
Debate Start 5.00pm
Wheelchair accessible Yes
Parking Available Yes (limited spaces)