We are globally connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally.
World Leading Researchers Professor Brendan O'Leary and Professor John Coakley work with members of our Politics and International Studies department on a number of research projects. Honorary Professor David Armitage works with members of our History department and is a former Wiles lecturer.
George Washington University
Global Bachelor’s Program in Peace and Conflict Studies
We are delighted to have developed a strong relationship with George Washington University, built on multiple synergies across teaching and research. At the heart of this partnership is George Washington’s Global Bachelor’s Program in Peace and Conflict, an exciting study abroad scheme that brings cohorts of 25-30 students from Columbian College, Elliott School and the School of Business to Queen’s every year to study with us for one semester, after which they can take two additional study abroad semesters elsewhere in the world.
This provides an exciting opportunity for George Washington University students to engage at a deep level with the issues they are learning about in terms of post-conflict societies and to immerse themselves in Belfast’s rich cultural life, while their presence on campus also enriches the social, cultural and intellectual life of our entire student body.
We are also developing some very exciting research collaboration around public history in divided societies and have held two research colloquia – one at Queen’s and one on George Washington University Foggy Bottom campus – which have explored how division is perpetuated through uses and abuses of the past, the challenges of finding peaceful solutions, and the role that that civil society, communities and the cultural sectors might play in building more integrated and inclusive societies.
George Washington Research Colloquium Partnership
‘Borders, Walls and Migrations’
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.”
Partner institutions in the US
Staff and student exchanges
We have built strong research and teaching links with a number of top US universities and have a long tradition of hosting students and visiting scholars from the US.
University of Virginia, Yale University, Boston College, Georgetown University,
University of Virginia
Graduate exchange – US and European studies
This exchange programme provides an exciting opportunity for graduate students to spend a semester at the partners university taking classes and working with scholars working in the broad fields of US or European Studies. In 2019 we were delighted to welcome Bridget Hanrahan, a UVA student on the Masters in European Studies, to Queen’s for a semester, and in 2020/21 one of our History PhD students, Emma Taylor, who works on memory and women in the US civil war, will spend a semester working with Dr Caroline Janney Director of UVA’s John L. Nau III Centre for Civil War History.
In 2018, Dr Olwen Purdue and Professor Dominic Bryan visited the University of Virginia in Charlottesville to deliver public lectures on uses and representations of the past in divided societies, where they also met with students in the Batten School of Public Policy and with local community organisations to discuss tensions around.
Jonathan Edwards Center of the Yale School of Divinity
In 2019 we launched a graduate exchange, which was the natural development of the close partnership that has been building between the School of HAPP and the School of Divinity at Yale. This is led by Professor Crawford Gribben who is a historian of Puritanism and evangelicalism and the founding co-director of the Jonathan Edwards Centre (UK), an affiliate of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University
Staff student exchanges
We have enjoyed a close relationship with Boston College over many years, with both academics and students benefitting from our exchange programmes. A number of our academics (including Marie Coleman, Andrew Holmes, Olwen Purdue, and Peter McLoughlin) have spent time at Boston College. while we have been privileged to host a number of BC’s faculty members, including Professor Rob Savage, as visiting scholars here at Queen’s. This year we are excited to launch a new graduate exchange programme for PhD students working in the broad field of Irish Studies, History or Politics.
Global Irish Studies
Our relationship with Georgetown University has a long pedigree, based on a common interest in the broad interdisciplinary field of Irish Studies and in related disciplines. The past few years have seen the development of strong research and teaching links with Global Irish Studies at Georgetown and our school. In March 2020 Dr Olwen Purdue delivered a lecture hosted by Global Irish Studies at Georgetown University, the Department of History, and the Conflict Resolution Program, and we are looking forward to welcoming Georgetown University undergraduate students to our International Summer School in Irish Studies.
Undergraduate exchange programmes
We are also delighted to have partnered with the following universities for the purpose of offering one-semester exchanges to undergraduate students
University of Illinois, Springfield
College of Charleston
University of Texas, San Antonio
Centres, Knowledge Exchange and Networks
We leverage our impact through a number of research centres, global networks and exchange relationships that nourish and provide a global platform for our faculty, students, and academic staff. These networks also provide researchers around the world with the ability to come to Queen’s and forge new collaborations.
Building on the highly successful QUB/University of Chicago ‘Global Conflict: The Human Impact’ Conference held at Queen’s in August 2018, there is now an emerging partnership with the Pearson Institute at the University of Chicago. This will involve co-organized events, invitations for academics to deliver Lectures about their work at the partner institution, and opportunities for students at each University to engage with academics/students from the partner University.
We have a knowledge exchange program (2020-2021) with the Howard Marks Chair in Economic History University of Pennsylvania, USA. This will include a high profile lecture series on Global Economic Order Management: Hosted at the Lauder Institute in partnership with the Perry World House Centre.
Professor John Barry and Dr Erika Bsumek have been successful in applying for a grant to develop an innovative joint course between University of Texas at Austin and Queen’s University Belfast, in Spring 2020 entitled ‘Global Environmental History – Radical Hope: Inspiring Present-day Sustainability Transformations through an Examination of Our Past’.
Professor Debbie Lisle collaborates with Professor Roland Bleiker at the University of Queensland in Brisbane on ‘Visuality, Creativity & Global Politics’ in honour of the late Professor Alex Danchev. A first workshop took place 1-2 November 2018 in Brisbane, and a second one will be held in London in 2019. This project involves artists, curators, academics and creative producers who explicitly engage with questions of global politics in their work: https://polsis.uq.edu.au/event/session/3416
Professor Debbie Lisle and Dr Heather Johnson teach core modules for MA and PhD students in the International Political Sociology ‘Winter School’ at PUC-RIO: https://ipswinterschool.com/the-2018-winter-school/
Political Theory and Philosophy at Queen's have ongoing research collaboration with the Centre for Ethics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and the Philosophy Department at the University of Graz, Austria. There are collaborative research projects with theorists based in Frankfurt, University College Dublin, and Queen's University, Canada.
The Centre for the Study of Risk & Inequality has close ties with Professor May Thorseth and the researchers of the Sustainability Research Programme at NTNU, the Norwegian University of Technology & Science in Trondheim. Professor Thorseth will be visiting Queen's in Spring 2019.
Boston College and Edinburgh University
A global history of Irish Revolution, 1916-1923
This project takes a transnational approach to the history of the Irish Revolution 1916-23. It comprises two interlocking research strands, one focusing on the impact of transnational influences on the revolution within Ireland, and the second analysing the significance of Irish nationalism beyond Ireland.
Both address the same overarching question: to what extent must revolutionary change be understood within a global, transnational as well as a nation-state framework?
Professor McGarry is working in collaboration with Prof Enda Delaney (University of Edinburgh) and colleagues in Boston College. A conference on the Global Irish Revolution will be held in Boston College in 2020.
War and the Supernatural in Early Modern Europe
This ERC-funded project, led by Dr Ian Campbell, explores the relationship between religion and war in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It seeks to analyse, translate, edit, and publish scholastic debates between religious militants and religious moderates on the role of war in religious life in order to inform and re-shape arguments among political historians on the nature of European religious warfare.
The project is composed of Irish, US, and Dutch nationals and supported by an international advisory board. In April 2018, a workshop held at Queen's explored the work of Sylvain Piron, directeur d'études at the École des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, Paris. In June 2018 the project team organised an international conference on the theme 'War and the University in the Sixteenth Century', attended by scholars from the USA, Mexico, Germany, France, Italy, and the UK.