Appendix 1: Participants in the Hertford Workshop on Historians and the Stormont House Agreement, 19 October 2016
Dr Huw Bennett (University of Cardiff). Huw Bennett is Reader in International Relations at Cardiff, where he specialises in security studies. He formerly taught at Aberystwyth University and King’s College London, at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. His research focuses on British military strategy since 1945, and he has published on the conflicts in Malaya, Kenya, Aden, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. His current projects include a book for Cambridge University Press called The British Army’s War in Northern Ireland, 1966-79. Huw acted as an expert historical witness in the Mau Mau case at the High Court in London, which resulted in 5,228 Kenyan victims of torture receiving a formal apology from the Foreign Secretary and just under £20 million in compensation.
Dr Maire Braniff (University of Ulster). Maire Braniff is Director of INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute), Ulster University. Her research expertise lies at the nexus of peace, justice and truth recovery. Her areas of expertise include conflict resolution, legacies of violent conflict, memory and commemoration, victimhood and peace agreements in the following areas: Balkans, Northern Ireland, South Caucasus and South East Asia. Her publications include Integrating the Balkans: from Conflict to EU Expansion (2011), and Inside the Democratic Unionist party: from Protest to Power (2014) with Jonathan Tonge et al.
Dr Anna Bryson (Queen’s University Belfast). Anna Bryson is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Law, QUB. Her research has developed along three closely related lines: modern Irish history, socio-legal studies and conflict transformation. Recent publications include The Routledge Guide to Interviewing: Oral History, Social Inquiry & Investigation (2014), ‘Victims, Violence and Voice: Transitional Justice, Oral History and Dealing with the Past’ (2016) and ‘Women Lawyers and the Struggle for Change in Conflict and Transition’ (2016). Since 2015 she has been working together with colleagues from QUB, Ulster University, the Committee on the Administration of Justice and a former senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office lawyer to develop a Model Bill for the Dealing with the Past elements of the Stormont House Agreement. Anna is one of two Northern Ireland representatives for the Oral History Society, a founding director of the Oral History Network of Ireland, and an active member of the Healing Through Remembering Stories Network. She has served on the advisory board of more than a dozen Northern Ireland conflict-related research projects.
Professor Marianne Elliott (University of Liverpool). Marianne Elliott is professor emerita at the University of Liverpool, where she was Geddes and Rankin Professor of Modern History from 1993, Director of the Institute of Irish Studies 1997-2014, and the first holder of the Blair Chair from 2007. Her books include Wolfe Tone: Prophet of Irish Independence (1989), The Catholics of Ulster (2000), and When God Took Sides (2009). She is just about to publish Hearthlands: How Belfast People Lived Together Before and Through the Troubles, 1945-2016. She was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2002. She made an important contribution to the peace process in Northern Ireland, most notably serving on the Opsahl Commission in 1993 and co-writing its report. She was awarded an OBE for services to Irish Studies and the Northern Ireland peace process in 2000.
Dr Katy Hayward (Queen’s University Belfast). Katy Hayward is Senior Lecturer in Sociology in Queen’s University Belfast. She is also a Fellow of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s. Her publications include Nationalism, Territory, and Organized Violence (with Niall Ó Dochartaigh, 2013), Political Discourse and Conflict Resolution (with Catherine O’Donnell, 2011), and Dynamics of Political Change in Ireland: Making and Breaking a Divided Island (with Elizabeth Meehan and Niall Ó Dochartaigh, 2016). She is a Board Director for the Centre for Cross Border Studies and the Institute of Conflict Research.
Professor Ian McBride (Hertford College, Oxford). Ian McBride is Foster Chair of Irish History, Oxford. He has been organiser of the Conference of Irish Historians in Britain since 2004 and is a council member of the British Association of Irish Studies. His most recent publication is The Princeton History of Modern Ireland (2016), edited with Richard Bourke.
Professor Fearghal McGarry (Queen’s University, Belfast). Fearghal McGarry is Professor of Modern Irish History at Queen’s University Belfast. His recent publications include The Abbey Rebels of 1916: A Lost Revolution and a new edition of The Rising. Ireland: Easter 1916. With Richard Grayson, he co-edited Remembering 1916: the Easter Rising, the Somme and the Politics of Memory (2016). He was involved in a several projects to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising including An Post’s commemorative stamp programme and the GPO Witness History interpretive centre which opened in Dublin at Easter.
Dr Marc Mulholland (St. Catherine’s College, Oxford). Marc Mulholland is tutor in Modern History at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. His recent work includes Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of Fear: From Absolutism to Neo-Conservatism (2012) and Terence O’Neill: Life and Times (Dublin, 2013). He is currently working on two projects: Irish peasant activism in the 1880s, and leftist attitudes internationally to the proletarian working-class.
Dr Niall Ó Dochartaigh (NIU Galway). Niall Ó Dochartaigh is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is a founding convener of the Standing Group on Political Violence of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and of the Specialist Group on Peace and Conflict of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI). He has published extensively on the Northern Ireland conflict and on mediation, peace negotiations and territoriality in a wide range of history and political science journals. Recent publications include the co-edited Political Violence in Context: Space, Time, Milieu (2015, with Lorenzo Bosi and Daniela Pisoiu) and Dynamics of Political Change in Ireland: Making and Breaking a Divided Island (2016, with Katy Hayward and Elizabeth Meehan). He was responsible for the deposit of the papers of key intermediary Brendan Duddy in the NUI Galway Archives.
Dr Simon Prince (Canterbury Christ Church). Simon Prince is Senior Lecturer in History at Canterbury. He is an expert on the early years of the Troubles and in recent years has focused particularly on the emergence of violence in the early 1970s. His publications include Belfast and Derry in Revolt: A New History of the Start of the Troubles, co-authored with Geoffrey Warner (2011), Northern Ireland’s ’68: Civil Rights, Global Revolt and the Origins of the Troubles (2007).
Professor Jennifer Todd (University College Dublin). Jennifer Todd is Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at UCD, where she is also Director of the Institute for British Irish Studies. She is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, UN Global Expert, and member of the advisory board of a number of projects, including the Northern Ireland Peace Monitoring Project. Her publications include her 1996 Dynamics of Conflict in Northern Ireland, co-authored with Joseph Ruane, and edited works on Political Transformation and National Identity Change (2006) Ethnicity and Religion (2011) and Breaking the Patterns of Conflict in Northern Ireland (2014). Her recent externally funded collective research projects have generated two major data sets – on state elite understandings of the Northern Ireland peace process, and on everyday identity change in Ireland in the 2000s.
Dr Tim Wilson (St. Andrews). Tim Wilson is Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews. His intellectual interests in conflict derive from working as a community worker in both North Belfast and East London in the later 1990s. He has worked widely both on terrorism committed by governments and by their opponents. His first book, Frontiers of Violence – a grassroots comparison of different patterns of ethnic violence – was nominated for the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize in 2010. He is currently working upon a second book that seeks to ask why militant violence in Western societies has taken the forms that it has over the past 150 years, provisionally entitled: Terrorists: A Social History of Political Violence.
The workshop has been organised with the support of the University of Cardiff, the ESRC, Canterbury Christ Church, the Institute for British-Irish Studies at University College Dublin, the Moore Institute at NUI Galway, Hertford College and the University of Oxford. We would also like to thank Rachel Kowalski and Dr Thomas Leahy for their help in organising the event.