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This collection forms an archive of murals from Northern Ireland - Nationalist, Republican, Unionist, Loyalist and non-aligned - painted during the Troubles and the post-conflict period (1979-2014).  The images are records which include the representation of history, the expression of political standpoints, the articulation of community concerns, formations of memory and modes of ideological address. The murals range from overtly political declarations, to brutal depictions of the conflict, to comments on peace and the peace process, to humour and irony.

 

Professor Tony Crowley worked in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and has written widely on both the murals and the politics of language in Ireland. His presentation for the Claremont Discourse Lectures, entitled Speaking Through Walls: Political Murals In Northern Ireland <http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/cdl/id/6>, discussed how the murals serve(d) not simply to express points of view, but to create physical and conceptual spaces.


Related Resources

 

"The Art of Memory: the Murals of Northern Ireland and the Management of History," Field Day Journal of Irish Studies, 2011. Accessed March 7, 2016, http://scholarship.claremont.edu/scripps_fac_pub/25/.

 

"Belfast 1972-1986," photographs and text, in collaboration with Eric Madigan Heck and Kristopher Banks, Nomenus Quarterly, 13 ("The Privilage of Living"), April 2012

 

“Hegemonic Shifts: The Latest from the Walls of Northern Ireland,” Estudios Irlandeses, 10, Spring 2015. Accessed March 6, 2016, http://www.estudiosirlandeses.org/2015/03/hegemonic-shifts-the-latest-from-the-walls-of-northern-ireland/.

 

"Digitising the Murals of Northern Ireland (1979-2013): Images and Interpretation," Breac: a Digital Journal of Irish Studies, Autumn 2015. Accessed March 7, 2016, http://breac.nd.edu/articles/61535-digitizing-the-murals-of-northern-ireland-1979-2013-images-and-interpretation/.

 
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