Welcome to the Writing the ‘Troubles’ blog. This is intended as a space for people to reflect critically on the challenging interpretive and conceptual issues raised when writing the contested history of the recent conflict in Northern Ireland. By exploring the problems thrown up when studying and writing the ‘Troubles’ we look to share ideas, experiment with new perspectives and methodologies, and to trial new projects in a relaxed environment conducive to discussion.
Following our successful PhD and early careers workshop in September 2017 hosted by the Irish History Research Group at the University of Edinburgh, we want to continue that conversation, developing a broad network of academics and non-academics interested in Northern Ireland. From this we hope to enhance understandings of that complicated history so as to augment existing literature.
You can follow us on Twitter @TroublesWriting.
Dr Thomas Dolan completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2016 under Prof. Alvin Jackson and Mr. Owen Dudley-Edwards. It explored how visions of history informed the strands of political thinking developed by three key architects of the Northern Ireland Peace Process – Gerry Adams, John Hume, and David Trimble. Recently, Tommy published in the Historical Journal, ‘Maynooth, History, and the Intellectual Origins of John Hume’s Political Thinking’ available here. He has also reviewed Maurice Fitzpatrick’s John Hume in America for Irish History Review.
Dr Roseanna Doughty completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh under Prof. Enda Delaney and Dr Wendy Ugolini. It investigated British media representations of the ‘Troubles’ between 1973 and 1997, and its impact on the lived experiences of the Irish in Britain. Her article ‘Seamus O’Fawkes and other characters: the British tabloid cartoon coverage of the IRA bombing campaign in England’ appeared in Media History in 2018. A second article exploring press coverage of the 1981 Hunger Strikes is due to appear in the Irish Review in 2020. Follow her on twitter @RoseannaJane.
James Bright is a second year PhD student in History at the University of Edinburgh. His research explores the ideological concerns and identities that shaped the prison experience of Ulster Volunteer Force and Ulster Defence Association prisoners in the 1970s and 1980s. He tweets at @JOBright1995.