In April 2016, the that about 1,100 bombings and shootings had occurred in Northern Ireland within the past decade. Two years later, that number continues to rise. While the Republic of Ireland is often considered one of the safest countries to live in the world, its northern neighbor has had issues with terrorism for several decades.
Both countries are currently in a period of cultural and political transition. Roman Catholicism is the dominant belief system in the country. However, with the rise of feminist and LGBTQ equality movements, old practices and traditions are being questioned and modified.
This semester, Media School professor of practice Elaine Monaghan taught a travel course focused on journalism and religion in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This class, which took a trip to the countries during spring break, was made up of 16 students from The Media School, the Department of Religious Studies and the School of Global and International Studies.
Last Wednesday afternoon, several students presented their work in the Media School commons as part of a symposium, Representing Religion, also organized by Monaghan. Both the symposium and a portion of the spring break trip were covered by grants from the Luce/American Council of Learned Societies Program in Religion, Journalism and International Affairs; IU Office of Overseas Study; IU Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council; and the IU Foundation.
Read more about each student’s work below:
Focused on contemporary social and political movements in Ireland and Northern Ireland, this group was made up of students Sophia Saliby, Jack Evans, Carter Barrett and Sydney DeLong.
audio reporting focused on the Muslim community and integration in Dublin, spending time talking to the founders of the Anwar-E-Madina mosque, its religious leader (or imam) and the community members who make up the congregation.
’s reporting was centered on sex education in Ireland and how the #MeToo movement has led to more demand for conversations on consent in the classroom. Shortly after the class’s return from Ireland, the first sex education bill in about 20 years passed in Irish legislature’s lower house.
Audrey Deiser, Maggie Slaughter, Nick Trombola and Katherine Zubler reported on societal and systemic changes in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
This theme represented the environments or situations people may find themselves in and how they handle them, either as a community or individually. Dominick Jean, Alexa Chryssovergis, Anna Grover and Erin Patterson worked together in this group.
With members Taylor Telford, James Keys, Sara Miller and Liz Meuser, this group wrote about the various alienated and discriminated people of Ireland and Northern Ireland, shaped by the sometimes harmful environments they live in.