The Limitations of ‘Maternal’ Activism in Troubles Narratives

By Miren Mohrenweiser- “Maternal activism” and “wee women’s work” are phrases typically applied to women’s activity during the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ regardless of political or religious affiliation.[1] What’s notable about these terms is that their implied opposites—i.e. “paternal activism” and “big men’s work”—are never referred to in this gendered sense. Men’s political activity doesn’t require... Continue Reading →

Difficult History, Difficult Women, Difficult Research

By Áine McKenny- In one of the first posts on Writing the ‘Troubles’, Eli Davies wrote ‘the starting point for my research is an observation, and it’s by no means an original one: that women’s experiences of the conflict in Northern Ireland are excluded in mainstream discourse’. This observation is also the starting point of... Continue Reading →

Unearthing histories: Women, hunger and agency

By Deirdre Canavan- Alternative narratives of the ‘Troubles’ are gaining increasing recognition, both in academic circles and in popular culture, particularly those that platform the gaps and absences in available histories. This denotes a broader desire to move away from the dominant accounts in order to gain a consciousness of the ‘Troubles’ that has hitherto... Continue Reading →

Murals, gender and memory in Northern Ireland

By Abigail Fletcher- Writing on a wall is always political’. So writes Adam Turkington, organiser of  Belfast’s annual Hit the North street art festival. One of the attractions of the 2019 event was an image of Lyra McKee, who was murdered by dissident republicans that April. The mural is accompanied by text from a letter... Continue Reading →

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