As the Irish general election approaches and the Irish abroad are outside, looking in, the former President gives her views on the issue
Professor Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, took part in a discussion event at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, on Friday 4th September as part of the British Association of Irish Studies’ (BAIS) annual conference.
The theme of the conference was Ireland: Agents of Social Transformation, and Professor McAleese was interviewed by Professor Mary Hickman, Research Fellow at St Mary’s.
Watch here the video from conference, which includes discussions on social change and votes for the Irish abroad.
Mary McAleese was appointed Distinguished Professor in Irish Studies at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. The appointment comes as the Catholic University prepares to celebrate the quarter century existence of the Centre for Irish Studies (CIS).
Dr Mary McAleese, President of Ireland between 1997 and 2011, will take up her position in the School of Arts and Humanities in January 2016.
During her presidency, the historic negotiations that led to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 were reached.
Dr McAleese will teach on the MA Irish Studies programme and in particular its ‘New Perspectives on Irish History’ seminar series.
She will also carry out research and her teaching will draw on her experience and insights from two terms as Ireland’s Head of State and more than thirty years’ experience in Irish public life.
Prof Mary Hickman’s academic work argues that “new immigrations do not cause new conflicts, rather they highlight pre-existing tensions and the inequalities that underpin them. It proposes a new definition of social cohesion that conceptualizes it as an individual and social ability to navigate or negotiate inequality and difference.”
Recurrent themes of her studies include: migrations and disapora, Irish in Britain and the USA, research on second generations, integration and social cohesion, transnational/diasporic theory.