Northern Ireland is a deeply divided society with a rich, but also troubled, history of religious, political, and ethno-national conflict. This field school will involve two elements: a research component and a lecture-based conflict transformation component. The research component will involve students receiving intensive training in ethnographic research methods. Students will also be embedded in religious communities in Belfast, where they will apply their research training by collecting data (interviews and participant observation) in these communities. The other component of this program will be carried out in collaboration with the Queen’s University Belfast Conflict Transformation Summer School. This portion of the program will involve learning about the history of the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland, as well as its “post-conflict” present, by comparing the strife between Catholics and Protestants with other ethno-religious conflicts around the world. This program includes a series of guest lectures ranging from experts in conflict and conflict resolution, to members from key social and political institutions on both sides of the “sectarian divide.” Students will also take trips to key historical and cultural sights, both around Belfast and in other parts of Northern Ireland. This program will integrate this training in conflict transformation with the day-to-day ethnographic research that students are conducting with religious communities around Belfast. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty in this research process and possibly participate in publications that come out of the research conducted on this program.
Students who participate in this program and complete the suggested prerequisite course (ANTHR 101, which also fulfills 2 GE requirements) will have fulfilled all of the requirements for an anthropology minor.