QUB Talks 100: “The Partition of Ireland. Causes and Consequences”

During 2021 Queen’s University Belfast is hosting a series of online talks to mark the 100th anniversary of the Partition of Ireland. In each online talk a leading academic will address a major theme. Subjects covered in the series will include the complex origins and legacies of partition, the experience of minorities, the Irish border in literature, and class-based and gender-based dimensions.

Introduction
Prof Richard English

Talk 1.
Home Rule and the Ulster crisis
26 April, Prof Paul Bew,
Queen’s University Belfast

Talk 2.
Partition and the Two Irelands
3 May, Prof Mary E. Daly,
University College Dublin

Talk 3.
The Partitionist Mentality
10 May, Prof Diarmaid Ferriter,
University College Dublin

Talk 4.
Gender and partition: ‘it’s a queer sort of existence this’.
17 May, Prof Diane Urquhart,
Queen’s University Belfast

Talk 5.
Partition and the Southern Irish Protestant experience.
24 May, Prof Roy Foster,
University of Oxford

Talk 6.
Northern Ireland: the UK’s first example of devolution.
31 May, Prof Graham Walker,
Queen’s University Belfast

Talk 7. “Our church will never perish out of this land”: the southern Irish Protestant experience of partition
7 June, Dr Marie Coleman,
Queen’s University Belfast

Talk 8. Class in Northern Ireland, a family history
14 June, Prof Henry Patterson,
Ulster University

Talk 9.
The IRA and the Partition of Ireland
21 June, Prof Richard English,
Queen’s University Belfast

Talk 10.
Partition: Imperial Contexts
21 June, Prof Richard English,
Queen’s University Belfast

Talk 11.
Rethinking unionism and partition, 1900-1921
5 July, Prof Alvin Jackson,
University of Edinburgh

Talk 12.
Community, church and culture in boundary-making: the legacies of partition in the two parts of Ireland
12 July, Prof Jennifer Todd,
University College Dublin

Talk 13.
Sir Ernest Clark – ‘Midwife to the New Province of Ulster’.
19 July, Dr Cormac Moore,
Historian & Author

Talk 14.
Life on the line: Partition at the Border
26 July, Dr Peter Leary,
Oxford Brookes University

Talk 15.
Acts of partition: from the Government of Ireland act 1920 to the Boundary Commission 1925
2 August, Dr Margaret O’Callaghan,
Queen’s University Belfast

Talk 16.
Writing and the Border
29 August, Prof. Glenn Patterson,
Queen’s University Belfast


Audio Podcast

Dr Margaret O'Callaghan – Acts of partition: from the Government of Ireland Act 1920 to the Boundary Commission, 1925 QUB Talks 100 – The Partition of Ireland: Causes and Consequences

Contributor: Dr Margaret O’Callaghan Talk Title: Acts of partition: from the Government of Ireland Act 1920 to the Boundary Commission, 1925. Talk Synopsis: This talk describes Partition as ‘an instrument of policy that marked the [UK] government’s failure in the wider problem of governing Ireland’. It suggests that the Government of Ireland Act was ‘a landmark in the genealogy of partitions’ and sets out its immediate background and effects. And it argues that the partition of Ireland ‘was not an act, but a process’ that ‘happened in stages’. It details the sectarian tensions and violence of this period, the Treaty negotiations of 1921 and James Craig’s role as Prime Minister, including his interactions with politicians in London and Dublin. It also identifies key questions about what happened and suggests that whilst the ‘Boundary Commission would end the partition process’ in 1925, James Craig spent much of his time until then ‘consumed’ with ‘security and the campaign to resist’ the effect which the Commission might have in placing ‘his whole entity in jeopardy’. Short Biography: Dr Margaret O’ Callaghan is an historian and political analyst at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen’s University, Belfast. Further Reading: Old Parchment and Water; the Boundary Commission of 1925 and the Copperfastening of the Irish Border. Bullan; an Irish Studies Journal , Volume IV, Number 2, 2000, pp 27-55 – Margaret O’ Callaghan Genealogies of Partition; History, History‐Writing and ‘the Troubles’ in Ireland. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 9:4, 619-634 – Margaret O'Callaghan The Evolution and Entrenchment of the Irish Border, 1911-1926: A political geography – Kieran Rankin Fatal Path: British Government and the Irish Revolution 1910-1922 – Ronan Fanning The Unresolved Question: The Anglo-Irish Settlement and its Undoing 1912-72 – Nicholas Mansergh Fatal Influence: the Impact of Ireland on British Politics – Kevin Matthews
  1. Dr Margaret O'Callaghan – Acts of partition: from the Government of Ireland Act 1920 to the Boundary Commission, 1925
  2. Dr Peter Leary – Life on the line: Partition at the Border
  3. Dr Cormac Moore – Sir Ernest Clark: 'Midwife to the New Province of Ulster'
  4. Professor Jennifer Todd – Community, church and culture in boundary-making
  5. Professor Alvin Jackson – Rethinking unionism and partition, 1900-1921
  6. Professor Jane Ohlmeyer – Partition: Imperial Contexts
  7. Professor Richard English – The IRA and the Partition of Ireland
  8. Professor Henry Patterson – Social Class: A Family's Story
  9. Dr Marie Coleman – Partition and southern Irish Protestants
  10. Professor Graham Walker – Northern Ireland: the first example of UK devolution