Title of PhD: Rethinking, space, landscapes and aesthetics in conditions of contestation: The changing nature of cultural iconography in Derry, 1970-2013
Supervisors: Dr Dominique Moran and Dr Sara Fregonese
Pete is undertaking AHRC funded doctoral research into the changing cultural landscapes of Northern Irish cities. Situated within broader discourses of how physical landscapes can mirror and mediate conflict, he is interested in the physical legacy of the ‘Northern Irish Troubles’ and its ongoing impact upon attempts at reconciliation. Using the city of Derry/Londonderry as his case study, Pete is investigating the various methods of altering the physical landscape in order to challenge divisive sectarian mindsets. His research is given greater salience following the city’s recent award as the inaugural ‘UK City of Culture’ for the year 2013. He is using qualitative methods including in-depth interview, focus group and observational research with a range of stakeholders in the changes occurring within Derry/Londonderry.