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The Peace Process: Layers of Meaning - Oral History Training Programme - Information Evening

23 November 2011

Time: 7:30 - 9:30pm
Venue: Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland

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The Peace Process: Layers of Meaning project, funded by the EU's PEACE III programme, is offering free training in oral history skills to staff and students from Queen Mary, University of London and our institutional associates Trinity College Dublin and Dundalk Institute of Technology and a diverse range of citizens from the border area of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (those who are already engaged in story-telling or oral history initiatives, and those who wish to embark upon such work within a local organisation, workplace or community). For more information about the training visit www.peaceprocesshistory.org.

The training will commence in 2012 with a four-day programme in London. This will involve an intensive introduction to oral history as well as a series of workshops at Queen Mary, University of London. Located in the heart of multi-cultural East London, Queen Mary is the ideal base from which to explore the many layers that make up contemporary British society. Deepening understanding of the complexity of both British and Irish identities has been at the heart of the Peace Process. Field trips will develop the theme of London in conflict and will include, for example, a visit to the Imperial War Museum and to Toynbee Hall, a world-renowned pioneer in the identification and resolution of community stresses and conflicts. The focus will then shift to Dundalk where a series of seminars will explore practical, ethical, legal and technical issues relating to oral history research. as well as anyone who lives or works in the border area and might wish to develop their oral history skills or embark on an oral history project. We are particularly keen to hear from members of local historical and cultural groups, teachers and trainers, and those involved in the community and voluntary sector.

The skills acquired in the course of this work are highly transferable and that they can be adapted to suit a wide range of disciplines, modes of social investigation and vocational activity. They will be of particular benefit to anyone embarking on youth, community development, or professional work with those who have experienced marginalisation or disadvantage.

An Information Evening is scheduled for 23 November at 7.30 pm at Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth.

If you would like to attend, please contact Margaret Andrews, Project Manager by email: margaret.andrews@dkit.ie or telephone: 00 353 (0)42 937 0420.

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