Borders in Flux: Identities and Conflict in Ireland


Borders in Flux: Identities and Conflict in Ireland is a Signature Seminar designed for students before they arrive for their semester abroad at Syracuse London. Students will consider the relationship between politics and religion in Ireland, what constructs a ‘national identity’, and how the violent past of Ireland impacts the present day.

Traveling as a group to the island of Ireland, students will explore themes of religious conflict and peace-making within Ireland; the concepts of ‘Irishness’ and ‘Britishness’, and new tensions wrought by international migration and regional politics. Students will explore these topics during their travels to Dublin, Derry, and Belfast.

This seminar carries three credits in one of three disciplines: HST 300.4, REL 300.4, or PSC 400.4. You can learn more about the class through this mock newspaper article about the 2016 Easter Uprising and this one covering Bloody Sunday, created by Fall 2019 students.

For more information, see the Spring 2020 Borders in Flux flyer.

photos by Ryan Brady, Fall 2019 student