Common Ground is a research community aimed at building dialogue between academic researchers and communities who are the subject of research in Ireland, focusing  on the experiences of the North. We want to foster better understandings of the role of academic research and the arts in the representation of conflict and reconciliation. To get involved, please contact us via commongroundmcr@gmail.com.


Sarah Feinstein has worked in the cultural sector for over seventeen years, acquiring skills in collections management and arts administration. She worked as a museum specialist in Painting Conservation at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.) and as research assistant for the Repatriation Office at the National Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C.). Most recently, Sarah worked as a researcher at The Pankhurst Center (Manchester) and the Prisons Memory Archive (Belfast). Her research on the repertoires of agency and resistance in feminist music production, distribution and archival practice was published in the edited volume Suffragette Legacy: How Does the History of Feminism Inspire Current Thinking in Manchester in 2015. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College, a MA in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a MA in Creative and Critical Analysis from Goldsmiths University London. She currently a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Cultural Practices at the University of Manchester and serves as a trustee for the Manchester District Music Archive. You can read about her PhD here.

Pauline Hadaway has worked in arts and education since 1990 and as director of Belfast Exposed Photography between 2000 and 2013, overseeing its transformation from a small scale, though politically significant, city based project into an internationally renowned gallery of contemporary photography. For her doctoral research at the University of Manchester, Pauline is currently exploring different uses of arts, heritage and culture as tools for peace building in Northern Ireland. She has been published widely including: ‘Policing the Public Gaze’ (2009), a report for campaign group, The Manifesto Club; ‘Escaping the Panopticon’ (2012); and ‘Re-imagining Titanic, Re-imaging Belfast’ a chapter in Relaunching Titanic: Memory and Marketing in the Post Conflict City (2013). Currently, Pauline is a Research Associate with Digital Women’s Archive North and Researcher in Residence with the National Cooperative Archive, Holyoake House, Manchester. Pauline is the co-founder of The Liverpool Salon, a new forum for public debate on Merseyside. You can read more about Pauline here.

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