Unreconciled accounts? Screen and performing arts in post-conflict Northern Ireland

Des O'Rawe, Mark Phelan*

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In any post-conflict society, the work of creating an effective framework for truth and reconciliation is fraught with challenges that those in power will often seek to manage and manipulate. In this article we explore the critical role of the arts within the discourse of political reconciliation in contemporary Northern Ireland. Taking contemporary theatre and screen culture as our case-studies, we assess the extent to which these modes of cultural production create alternative spaces for dialogue and reconciliation in a dysfunctional post-conflict democracy, where the responsibility of political institutions and elites is failing to adequately address the rights of victims and survivors.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalCultural Trends
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2023


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