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Martha Beard

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20172017

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Martha Beard is a doctoral researcher based in the Centre for Memory, Narratives and History in the School of Humanities at the University of Brighton. Martha`s research is interdisciplinary and takes approaches from cultural, social and political history, memory studies, archive theory and life-history to examine and evaluate the role of oral history as a peacebuilding tool in Northern Ireland. In this historical context, Martha`s research interacts with the theory, history and debates related to the practice of conflict resolution, conflict transformation and reconciliation in dealing with the past at a local, regional and transnational level.

A core part of her work is practice-based and involves the critical exploration of the strategies and practices devised by the Dúchas Oral History Archive, situated in West Belfast, from c.1999, to acknowledge and deal with a conflicted history of the Troubles and to build relationships across social and political divisions in the Northern Irish peace process.

Through her PhD, Martha seeks to evaluate the Dúchas archive as a tool for negotiating a divided and contested history within and between the local interface communities in the context of the State’s management of the conflict and the peace process, while assessing the extent to which scholars might use its material in making an interpretative history of experiences and memories of ‘place’.

Martha is also interested in the wider theorisation and process of oral history in alternative practical contexts. This includes conflict and post-conflict contexts, education, community settings, museums and heritage. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Chichester

1 Sep 20161 Aug 2018

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Bachelor, University of Chichester

12 Sep 201330 Jul 2015

External positions

Brilliant Club Tutor, The Brilliant Club

1 May 20191 Aug 2019

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Research Output

Re-thinking oral history – a study of narrative performance

Beard, M., 8 Jun 2017, In : Rethinking History. 21, 4, p. 529-548 19 p.

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