CMNH Occasional Seminar.

Annemarie Majlund Jensen (Aarhus University, Denmark)

19th May, 6pm to 7:30pm (online)

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The past presence – and present absence – of the British Army in Northern Ireland often reappears in accounts of the island’s transformation from a place ridden by violent political and sectarian conflict into a place now on the surface ‘normal’, as it were. In this context, how to tell a research story able to convey a perspective of soldiering during recent times of violent political upheaval? And how to understand what it is like to remember experiences of soldiering today, amid, on the one hand: ongoing contestation over how to “deal” with Britain’s past in Northern Ireland and in particular, the role of soldiers in it, and on the other hand: a context where most of the material traces of military conflict have been erased, as part of what has been coined, and recently critically analysed as, a post-conflict process of ‘normalisation’?

This talk will explore how Britain’s military presence in Northern Ireland during the Troubles continues to resonate today, as memory, withbut significantly also beyondthose who drove the vehicles, worked in the barracks, and sat in the sangers so characteristic for Northern Ireland’s visual identity up until the army’s gradual withdrawal of the post-1998 peace process.

Bio: Annemarie Majlund is an anthropologist with a particular interest in how people and collectives remember incontexts of political upheaval and post-conflict transformation. She is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the CMNH.

Title: Annemarie Majlund, PhD Fellow, Aarhus University, Denmark

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