Two-day conflict conference in city later this month

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The topic of reporting and documenting conflict will take centre stage at a special two-day event in Derry later this month.

The ‘Teaching Divided Histories’ (TDH) conference takes place at the Masonic Hall, Bishop Street, on November 18 and 19.

Leading voices from across the world will gather in Derry to explore the diverse subject of conflict.

Keynote speakers will include Mariane Pearl, author of “A Mighty Heart”, a work later transformed into a major Hollywood blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie.

Organised by the Nerve Centre and the British Council NI, the conference is part of an innovative three year ‘Teaching Divided Histories’ project supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

This initiative introduces new approaches to the study of conflict to schools across Ireland and internationally.

It also aims to transfer knowledge and expertise between conflict-affected societies.

Mariane Pearl will speak frankly about the production of ‘A Mighty Heart’, a film which documents the true story of the kidnap and murder of her husband, journalist Daniel Pearl, in 2002.

Organisers are also delighted to have Andrew Eaton, producer of ‘In This World’, and Olly Lambert, journalist and documentary maker of ‘Syria: Across The Lines’, adding their unique insights and experiences of documentary and film.

Elsewhere, the event will explore reporting in conflict zones with discussions from ex-RTÉ Chief News Correspondent Charlie Bird and BAFTA winning cameraman Mark McCauley, both of whom have reported from some of the world’s most dangerous war environments.

International perspectives will be delivered by Jo Beall (British Council Director Education and Society), Megha Malhotra (Seagull Foundation, India), Mary Gannon (CDETB), Samya Abou Hamad (Head of the English Department at the Centre for Educational Research and Development) and Richard Kearney (Boston College Guestbook Project).

The event will also hear from teachers in Derry and South Africa directly involved in partnership work through the TDH project.

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