What would a feminist Northern Irish studies look like?

By Caroline Magennis Like all of the readers of this blog, my own scholarship sits at the intersection of multiple disciplinary interests. I work on Northern Irish fiction, but of course I also attend conferences in Irish Studies and contemporary literary studies. This post, then, will be a reflection on what it has meant for... Continue Reading →


Hands Across the Sea: Paramilitary Loyalism in England and Scotland

By James Bright – The existence of Ulster loyalism as a political and cultural phenomenon beyond Northern Ireland remains largely unacknowledged in the relevant literature.  A story that remains obscure is the mobilisation of English and Scottish volunteers in locally recruited branches of the Ulster Volunteer Force and Ulster Defence Association during ‘the Troubles’. UVF... Continue Reading →

Journalists and the Troubles – ‘The best journalistic training ground in the world’.

By Oliver O’Hanlon- “The best journalistic training ground in the world” is how editors, Deric Henderson and Ivan Little, described the ‘Troubles’ in their recently book on journalists’ recollections of reporting the Northern Ireland conflict. [1] The book draws on the memories of sixty-eight newspaper and television journalists, from Britain and Ireland. While reading it... Continue Reading →

The Case of Northern Ireland and the Basque Country

By Maria Reyes Baztán – Internationalism has proven to be central to various world conflicts, but especially to ethnonationalist struggles. Across the world, different nationalist movements have attempted to internationalise themselves, comparing their own situations to that of other oppressed nations. This shared feeling of oppression can often be a source of connection that transcends... Continue Reading →

Oral history and the Troubles: The importance of trust and the role of the interviewer

By Dieter Reinisch- As several of the blog posts of Writing the Troubles illustrate, oral history is a particularly controversial subject in Northern Ireland. The past years have been a difficult time for researchers looking to use interviews with former paramilitaries and those advocating political violence, particularly since the “Boston College (BC) Oral History Project”... Continue Reading →

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