Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsWelcome back to Belfast to week two of this Queen's University course. I'm standing in front of the Harland and Wolff cranes - iconic symbols of the industrial heritage of Northern Ireland. Last week, we looked at why social identities are important, the emotions attached to group membership in certain contexts, and some of the ways this is expressed in public spaces. This week, we want to look more closely at the public spaces we use - the meanings attached to the symbolic landscape around us. We will discuss the importance of political power and the ways in which these spaces have evolved and might be controlled.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 secondsWe're interested in the rituals, the parades, the carnivals, and the demonstrations that people participate in, and how these express our group identities. We also look at the roles of symbols at these events.

Introduction to week 2

In Week 2 we want to look more closely at the public spaces we use, the symbolic landscape.

We are interested in the rituals, the parades, the carnivals and the demonstrations that people participate in, and how these express our group identities. We will also look at the roles of symbols at these events.

To begin with, let’s look at some examples.

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Identity, Conflict and Public Space

Queen's University Belfast