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Dr Connal Parr

Senior Lecturer

Department: Humanities

Connal's doctoral thesis on Ulster Protestant working class politics and culture since 1960 viewed political developments and recent history through the prism of dramatists and writers from this background. His current research builds on his expertise in Northern Ireland to comparatively explore how states such as South Africa, Spain, Chile and others deal with a divided and violent past. It illustrates how the arts and culture resonate with a transitional justice element, playing an active role in conflict transformation and peace-building across the world.


Politics PhD September 01 2013

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Drama as Truth Commission, Parr, C. 7 Sep 2020, In: Interventions
  • Northern Ireland’s 1968 at 50, Reynolds, C., Parr, C. 7 Jul 2020, In: Contemporary British History
  • From stereotypes to solidarity: the British left and the Protestant working class, Parr, C. 25 Jun 2019, In: Renewal: A journal of social democracy
  • Ending the siege? David Ervine and the struggle for progressive Loyalism, Parr, C. 3 Apr 2018, In: Irish Political Studies
  • Paddy Devlin, the Labour Movement and the Catholic Community, Parr, C. 20 Jun 2018, The Contested Identities of Ulster Catholics, Springer
  • Cultural Responses to and the Legacies of Sunningdale, Parr, C. 3 Mar 2017, Sunningdale, the Ulster Workers' Council Strike and the Struggle for Democracy in Northern Ireland, Manchester, Manchester University Press
  • Inventing the Myth, Parr, C. 3 Aug 2017
  • Something Happening Quietly: Owen McCafferty's Theatre of Truth and Reconciliation, Parr, C. 1 Nov 2017, In: Irish University Review
  • Etcetera Theatre Company: An Exercise in Ulster Loyalist Storytelling, Parr, C. 15 Dec 2016, In: New Hibernia Review
  • An Identity Pieced Together: Northern Irish Protestantism and the Drama of Ron Hutchinson, Parr, C. 2015, In: Canadian Journal of Irish Studies

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