Professor of History at Kings College, London, Ian McBride presents a lecture entitled “Truth and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland” on Friday, September 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The lecture is part of a series presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies. Free and open to the public.
McBride has written on various aspects of modern Irish history, including the role of the historian in national memory. His forthcoming works includeIrish Political Writings 1: The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift (2016) and The Princeton History of Modern Ireland (2015), co-edited with Richard Bourke. Other books includeEighteenth Century Ireland: The Isle of Slaves (2009),Scripture Politics: Ulster Presbyterians and Irish Radicalism in the Late Eighteenth Century (1998), and The Siege of Derry in Ulster Protestant Mythology (1997).
McBride’s current research centers on eighteenth century Ireland and the role of historians in making sense of the Northern Ireland conflict. His talk will focus on debates over truth and reconciliation in Northern Ireland since 1998 and the relationship between political violence, representations of the past, and professional historiography. Given that the Good Friday Agreement is often presented as a pathway to peace for other conflicts, the political and moral dilemmas presented by these subjects have an audience well beyond Ireland.
McBride is currently Professor of Irish and British History at King’s College, London and Patrick B. O’Donnell Visiting Professor of Irish Studies at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame. Having earned his B.A. at Jesus College, University of Oxford, and his Ph.D. from the University of London, he is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the British Association for Irish Studies.