Interculturalism and the Arts in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland

  • Hélène Alfaro-Hamayon
Part of the New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature book series (NDIIAL)


Alfaro-Hamayon examines how the arts reflect a shift away from the cultural traditions model towards interculturalism in a province that is increasingly diverse ethnically. To provide a better understanding of the stakes of this evolution in a divided society, the author relocates her analysis within the broader conflict-transformation process, underlining the link between sectarianism and racism. Her exploration of the work of Tinderbox, Arts Ekta and Terra Nova Productions highlights the role played by the arts in promoting genuine cultural exchange and empowering long-established ethnic minorities as well as new migrants. It also shows that the arts—building on the dynamism of the community arts sector—contribute to challenging fixed identities and shaping public policies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hélène Alfaro-Hamayon
    • 1
  1. 1.UFR Langues et civilisations, UPEMUniversité Paris-EstMarne-la-ValléeFrance

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