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Remembering Belfast’s Docklands


Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 12:00 to 14:00
Sean O'Connell

Co-sponsored by the School of Canadian Irish Studies

This presentation will survey the commemoration of the Sailortown district in oral histories, local histories, poems and novels that have emerged from members of this once thriving Belfast district.  Sailortown provides a fascinating case study for the investigation of key debates that have taken place amongst oral historians of class and community. The presentation will consider how the Sailortown evidence contributes to - or problematizes - debates on issues around class, place, identity and nostalgia. It explores the role of class, gender and religion in the formation of testimonies and narratives of Belfast’s most religiously mixed working class district. The presentation sifts through evidence that includes John Campbell’s novels, Belfast’s online local history forum, and interviews undertaken by a group of Queen’s Belfast undergraduate with former Sailortown residents.
1400 De Maisonneuve West, 10th floor, room LB-1019

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