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About Cillian McGrattan

Cillian McGrattan is a Lecturer in Political and Cultural Studies, Swansea University. His books include "Northern Ireland, 1968-2008: The Politics of Entrenchment" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); "The Northern Ireland Conflict: A Beginner's Guide" (Oneworld, 2010) (co-authored with Aaron Edwards); "Everyday Life after the Conflict: The Impact of Devolution and North-South Cooperation" (Manchester University Press, 2012) (co-edited with Elizabeth Meehan); and "Haunted by History: Memory, Identity and Politics" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Articles by Cillian McGrattan

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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Joycean nightmares, Parnellite politics, and the Northern Irish riots

Attributing the violence associated with Northern Ireland's 'flag riots' to the peace process itself is a capitulation to the view of Northern Ireland as unable to escape the nightmare of its history, leaving questions of social responsibility endlessly deferred.

Depoliticising victims in Northern Ireland

The recent riots in Belfast seemed to hark back to the ethno-religious conflict many presumed over: Northern Ireland is being rebranded within the neo-liberal fold. But deeper issues may be deferred by the rhetorical constructions of peace. The prospect of dealing with victimhood in a meaningful way is being erased.

Reconciliation and the destruction of the past in divided societies

Ongoing controversies in two of the quintessential cases of divided societies - Northern Ireland and the Former Yugoslavia - are best understood by examining the political dynamics created through procedures of remembrance, and those of reconciliation.

Dealing with the past in post-conflict societies

Unless the past is articulated in such a way in which the connection of events and experiences are integrated in a real and meaningful way, the ‘truths’ which drove conflict will continue to be reproduced.

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