Summer 2018 – Northern Ireland Sociocultural Field School


Northern Ireland Religion and Conflict Transformation Field School: directed by Dr. Jacob Hickman


This past summer, BYU Anthropology collaborated with Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland to convene the Northern Ireland Field School Program. The program was co-directed by Drs. Jacob Hickman (BYU) and Joseph Webster (Queen’s) and included thirteen undergraduate students and two PhD students.


The team collaboratively conducted ethnographic fieldwork over three months with various religious communities in the ‘post-conflict’ society of Northern Ireland, including Catholic, Protestant, Seventh-Day Adventist, and Jehovah’s Witness communities. Students also participated in a lecture series in the Conflict Transformation and Social Justice Summer School at Queen’s University Belfast.