The invitation letters for the eleventh annual SCoTENS Conference were sent out today.
Should you wish to register for the conference or the Seed Funding Workshop, please print out the relevant form(s) below and return to
Centre for Cross Border Studies
39 Abbey Street
Armagh BT61 7EB
by Wednesday 25th September 2013, following the instructions contained in the documents.
The Building Change Trust has commissioned an opinion piece by Andy Pollak and Brian Harvey of the Centre for Cross Border Studies: “The Potential for Cross Border Exchange and Learning in respect of change in the Community and Voluntary Sector.”
The Trust has been conscious that many organisations in Northern Ireland look to the UK for learning about change and development.
This led us to think about the potential for learning within the community and voluntary sector on a cross border basis given the apparent differential development on both sides of the border, and the particular challenges posed for Republic of Ireland organisations given the severe economic downturn.
Whilst there are some organisations working on an all island, and islands, basis it seems much cross border work is for the purposes of Peace and Reconciliation, with limited consideration in the sector given to other learning and development opportunities.
The opinion piece which has now been completed will be published in September and followed up with an open seminar and debate taking place on Friday 18 October at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry, commencing with registration at 1030, closing at 1245 with a networking lunch.
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Further details, including agenda and speakers, will be announced in due course.
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The Building Change Trust was established in 2008 by the Big Lottery Fund with a National Lottery grant of £10million as an investment for community capacity building and promotion of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.
The Trust supports the community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland through the development, delivery of, and learning from a range of programmes including commissioned work, awards programmes and other interventions.
The 26th JHISS brings together in Armagh’s Market Place Theatre high-profile writers, artists, performers, speakers and critics to consider this year’s theme, “Living Among Strangers: the lost meaning of home” inspired by John Hewitt’s poem, ‘The Search‘
On Monday 22nd July 2013 – The Centre for Cross Border Studies Annual Talk: ‘14 years of crossborder collaboration: the usefulness of outsiders’ by Andy Pollak.
The annual SCoTENS conference will take place on Thursday – Friday, 10 – 11 October 2013 in the Radisson Blu Sligo Hotel. The title of the conference will be Learning Teaching: Reimagining the Profession.
The keynote speakers are Professor John MacBeath, from the University of Cambridge and Dr Sotiria Grek from the University of Edinburgh.
In addition to the usual plenary sessions and workshops, Dr Conor Galvin from UCD and the head of the SCoTENS research sub-committee has agreed to lead a special workshop for those intending to apply for SCoTENS ‘Seed funding’ in January 2014.
The Centre is one of the partners organising a workshop/master class entitled ’15 Years On: the Next Generation’ as part of the big Rotary/INCORE Global Peace Forum international conference in Derry (Magee College) on Sunday 26th May 2013 (10.00-13.00).
The aim of the workshop is to hear what the younger generation (all the speakers are under 35) think about the successes and failures of the 15 years since the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, and, more importantly, what ideas they might have for how we could do better over the next 15 years.
The 15 Years On initiative was set up by a group of people active in peacebuilding, peace research, cross-community and cross-border organisations in December 2012 with the intention of using 2013 to reflect on the successes and failures of the 1998 Agreement and its implementation, and to explore how we might do better in the future. It originated with a proposal from the Centre for Cross Border Studies.
You can find out more about the initiative (and perhaps contribute a blog) on www.15yearson.com
- Odhran Lusby, 18-year-old school student from Derry’s Waterside
- Clare Cosgrove, postgraduate student at INCORE, University of Ulster
- Kellie Turtle, member of Belfast Feminist Network
- Jonny Currie, East Belfast community development worker
- Aaron Callan, Ulster Unionist Party and Orange Order member from Limavady
- Simon Gillespie, UCD law and politics student from Donegal and Sinn Fein member
- Dr Dirk Schubotz, Director, Northern Ireland Young Life and Times Surveys (who will introduce the workshop)
Further information (including how to register) is available from the Global Peace Forum website
The 8th edition of the Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland will be launched in Belfast on Tuesday 9th April by the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Dr Malcolm McKibbin (this is an invitation-only event).
The 2013 edition features an interview with Sir George Quigley, the ‘father’ of North-South economic cooperation in Ireland, and articles on all-island and Irish-British economic cooperation; impact assessment of cross-border cooperation; all-island cooperation in archaeology; cooperation between Dundalk and Newry; cross-border cooperation between civil society bodies in general and community and voluntary groups in particular; and inter-regional cooperation between Galicia in north-west Spain and the north of Portugal.
The 8th ICLRD conference under the title ‘Cooperating Across Boundaries: Resilience, Imagination, Vision…and Information’ will take place in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry on Thursday 7th February (9.30-16.30).
Among the keynote speakers will be Professor Frank Gaffikin of Queen’s University Belfast, who will speak on ‘The Development Paradox in the Divided City: Imagining a New Model of Spatial Planning’; Mr John Fitzgerald, Chairman, Limerick Regeneration Agencies, who will speak on ‘Neighbourhood Regeneration in Limerick, Dublin and elsewhere: The Importance of Active Leadership’; and Professor Deborah Peel of University of Ulster, who will speak on ‘The Role of Planning in Creating Resilient Places and Communities’.
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President Michael D. Higgins will deliver the keynote address at the second in the series of Universities Ireland-sponsored conferences on the 1912-1923 period which will take place at Liberty Hall in Dublin on Saturday 15th June 2013. The conference is entitled: ‘Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: the Cause of Labour’.
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A seminar on cross-border labour mobility in the Irish border region, jointly organised by the East Border Region, the Centre for Cross Border Studies (Border People) and the EURES Cross-Border Partnership will be held in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry on Thursday 22 November (10 am-1.30 pm).
This is part of a broader INTERREG-funded project on cross-border mobility in European border regions. Among the speakers will be the leading cross-border accountant and management consultant Feargal McCormack (FPM), the economist Dr John Bradley, Joe Lavery of EURES Cross Border Partnership and Annmarie O’Kane of Border People.
Labour Mobility Seminar, Newry, 22 November 2012
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The tenth annual SCoTENS Conference will take place on the 11-12 October 2012 in the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan.
The keynote speaker is Sir Ken Robinson who will address the conference by video-link from the United States. Other speakers include Professor Teresa Cremin, Open University; Dr Anne Looney, Chief Executive, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment; Mr Richard Hanna, Interim Chief Executive, NI Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment; and the Duchess of Abercorn.
The title for the conference will be Creative Teachers for Creative Learners: Implications for Teacher Education.
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