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Alternative University

UCU / Duncairn Centre / Féile an Phobail / Greater New Lodge Festival / Intercomm


In partnership with Féile an Phobail, the Greater New Lodge Festival, and Intercomm, the University and College Union (UCU) at Queen’s offers a re-edition of its Alternative University in the Duncairn Centre, 10-11 August 2018. 


Last winter, UCU undertook its biggest industrial action ever for fair pensions. Parallel to the picket line, union activists from Queen’s and UU mobilised to provide free lectures. The Alternative University was born: during four weeks, in packed rooms, they lectured on, and discussed, an incredibly diverse range of topics with the audience, such as arts and media, religion, Irish history, social inequalities, sectarianism, women’s place in contemporary society, the future of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, forms of political resistance, activism and participation, citizenship, migrants and refugees, and many more topics.


This free alternative university proved to be a real success among those on strike as well as their students in support of industrial action.


This re-edition of the Alternative University intend to spread this initiative to a wider audience and give to the public the opportunity to participate and enjoy a free, endearing and subversive discussion on activism in our community. Come to listen, talk back and think collectively with academics from all disciplines!


Friday 10 August

3pm-4.30pm Opening Panel: What does a strike do? (Owen Reidy, SIPTU; Véronique Altglas and Merav Amir UCU at QUB)

5.00pm-6.30pm Talk 1

Saturday 11 August

10am-11.30am Talk 2

11.30am-1pm Talk 3


2pm-3.30pm Talk 4

3.30pm-5pm Talk 5


5pm-6.30pm Closing Panel: Radicalism in the University, From 1968 France to Belfast today (Julie Le Mazier, sociologist at St Denis University / Sean Fearon former president of QUB’s Student Union / Michael Pierce, UCU at QUB)


Confirmed contributors:

·         Madeleine Leonard (works on childhood in Belfast and sectarianism – free on Friday)

·         Peter Doak (Belfast, post-conflict city?)

·         Agustina Martire on Save CQ

·         John Barry, ‘Demystifying economics – or everything you wanted to know about economics but were afraid to ask!’

·         Phil Scraton



Earlier Event: June 30