Irish scholar Pete Shirlow will present a lecture posing the question: “The End of Ulster Loyalism?” on Friday, October 5 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. The lecture is part of a series presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies. The event is free and open to the public.
Shirlow is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at Queen’s University in Belfast. His latest book, The End of Ulster Loyalism? was published earlier this year by Manchester University Press. He is also the co-author of Belfast: Segregation, Violence and the City (Pluto Press), Beyond the Wire (Pluto Press), Abandoning Historical Conflict (Manchester University Press), and author/co-author of over 70 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on conflict in Northern Ireland. He is currently working on a major study funded by the National Institute of Health with colleagues at Notre Dame University on segregated communities in Belfast and the impact of previous and contemporary forms of sectarian violence.
Ulster loyalism is a political ideology that opposes a united Ireland. Most loyalists support upholding Northern Ireland’s status as a constituent part of the United Kingdom. Peter Shirlow considers whether this world view may be less and less tenable.
The Fund for Irish Studies, chaired by Princeton professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, provides Princeton students and the community at large a wider and deeper sense of the languages, literatures, drama, visual arts, history, politics and economics not only of Ireland but of “Ireland in the world.”