International movement for a new Museology

Mouvement international pour une nouvelle Muséologie

Movimiento internacional para una nueva Museología

Heritage as Reconciliation


15 - 19 Jan 2018 Corrymeela Ballycastle Heritage as Reconciliation 

A winter school exploring heritage practice in contested societies.

Monday 15 January – Friday 19 January, 2018 at the Corrymeela Centre, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.

Overview This Winter School addresses the roles of cultural heritage in building peace and promoting reconciliation in divided and post–conflict societies. Utilising both local and international perspectives and experiences, the school will include academic and practitioner inputs, dialogue and discussion sessions and participatory field visits. The School will be capped to 50 people. Cultural heritage plays a complex role in conflict and divided societies. It has been used in the propagation of particular identities through the construction of complex and often competing narratives of the past. There is increased awareness of the deliberate targeting of cultural heritage sites and landscapes in conflict zones, to the looting and sale of conflict antiquities. Its destruction carries significant symbolic meaning and receives widespread media coverage. But what role does cultural heritage potentially play in divided or post conflict societies?

Themes of focus will include:

● Museums and the Heritage of Conflict;

● Archaeology and Inclusive Community Practice;

● Heritage, the Past and Contemporary Conflict; and

● Evaluating the Impact of Heritage Programmes.

The School is a residential event, held at Corrymeela, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation. The school is being organised by an innovative partnership comprised of Corrymeela, Quarto Collective, Belfast City Council and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council alongside Queen’s University, Belfast, Ulster University and the College of William and Mary. It is envisaged that the seminar proceedings will be published in a special Journal.