Dr Katy Hayward: The future of national borders across these islands #JHISS

Queen’s University’s Dr Katy Hayward addressed the John Hewitt International Summer School delegates in Armagh this morning. The political sociologist reflected on the future of national borders across these islands in light of Brexit.

During her 40 minute talk she asked why is it so difficult to conceive ‘flexible and imaginative’ solutions for the Irish border after Brexit. and looked at three dimensions of how the EU has changed the Irish border: trade, citizens and closer union.

YouTube video

As well as the impact of extracting NI and the whole UK from the EU, Brexit has helped to demonstrate intractable nationalisms within our politics and highlighted our local difficulty in thinking about the future.

Hayward closed her talk by looking at what is needed now at this early stage in the negotiations, and identified some of the ways in which we may see differentiation (territorially and otherwise) and faced up to the complexity, need for flexibility and challenges facing our political institutions.

The John Hewitt International Summer School continues in Armagh until Saturday with tickets still available for a range of political and cultural talks and performances. Dr Caroline Magennis is turning the page on Unsettling Intimacy: Northern Irish Short Fiction after the Agreement on Thursday morning, and the Gibraltar Representative to the UK, Dominique Jan Searle will talk about The Garlic Wall separating Spain from Gibraltar on Friday morning.

Discover more from Slugger O'Toole

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.

We are reader supported. Donate to keep Slugger lit!

For over 20 years, Slugger has been an independent place for debate and new ideas. We have published over 40,000 posts and over one and a half million comments on the site. Each month we have over 70,000 readers. All this we have accomplished with only volunteers we have never had any paid staff.

Slugger does not receive any funding, and we respect our readers, so we will never run intrusive ads or sponsored posts. Instead, we are reader-supported. Help us keep Slugger independent by becoming a friend of Slugger. While we run a tight ship and no one gets paid to write, we need money to help us cover our costs.

If you like what we do, we are asking you to consider giving a monthly donation of any amount, or you can give a one-off donation. Any amount is appreciated.