School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Jack Hepworth

Jack Hepworth

The Dynamic Heterogeneity of Irish Republicanism, c.1968-c.1998.

Year started


Project outline

Submitted in July 2019, my doctoral thesis engaged social movement theory to explore the dynamic heterogeneity of Irish republicanism between 1968 and 1998. Using activist publications, oral histories, and archival material, I analysed inter-republican discussions across time and space.

I also have research interests in oral history, Irish migration to the north of England since the mid-nineteenth century, the cultural and political dimensions of music and sport in Ireland, and histories of migration, activism, and food poverty more broadly.

Funding awards

Research Excellence Academy full PhD scholarship
Research Training Support Grants totalling £2,423.41
£500 grant from Society for the Study of Labour History (May 2019)

Presentations and conferences

• “Standing on a long and proud revolutionary Irish republican history of resistance”: ‘Dissident’ republicanism in contemporary Ireland
Violent (and not-so-violent) Extremism and Hate: Causes, Cases, Consternations?
Newcastle University
11 July 2019
• Foodbank Histories: Recording Experiences of Food Poverty, Work and Community at the Newcastle West End Foodbank (with Alison Atkinson-Phillips and Silvie Fisch)
Oral History@Work: Recording Change in Working Lives: Annual Conference of the Oral History Society
Swansea University
5-6 July 2019
• Celebrating Centenaries? What do we remember – and why?
Explore Lifelong Learning, Newcastle
16 May 2019
• Brexit and the Irish Border
Explore Lifelong Learning, Newcastle
21 March 2019
• Reading for Revolution: Irish Republican Prisoners, 1970-1998
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle
28 February 2019
• ‘“We’re getting the victory we fought for”, we were told’: Oral histories and the dynamic heterogeneity of Irish republicanism since 1969
New Directions in Irish History
Teesside University
22-23 February 2019
• Conflicting Accounts: Oral Testimonies and the Heterogeneity of Irish Republicanism Post-1969
Dangerous Oral Histories: Risks, Responsibilities and Rewards: Joint Conference of Oral History Network of Ireland and Oral History Society
Queen’s University Belfast
28-29 June 2018
• Contested Narratives, Contested Space: The Heterogeneity of Republican Politics in the Irish Borderlands Since 1968
American Conference for Irish Studies
University College Cork
18-22 June 2018
• “A lie can travel half way around the world while the world is putting on its shoes”: How new is ‘fake news’?
Port Talk, Goodenough College, London
23 April 2018
• “‘88 and still not beat”: Civil rights, republicanism, and the contested legacies of Northern Ireland’s ‘68’
1968: Resonances and Reverberations
Newcastle University
19 January 2018
• Republican Funerals in Northern Ireland, 1981-2017: Public Power Struggles During and After Conflict
Objects In and After Hostilities: The Material Culture of Conflict
Newcastle University and Northumbria University
30-31 March 2017
• Post-Truth Politics
St John’s College Senior Common Room, University of Durham
24 March 2017
• The Individual, Politics, and Place: Rebel Music and Contemporary Irish Republican Culture
Music and Labour: Soundscapes of Work and Protest
Newcastle University
24 March 2017
• The Labour Left and Irish Republicanism, 1976-1992
Workers’ Educational Association, Durham
19 March 2017

• Reconstructing Identities: Unionists in the Border Counties of the Irish Free State, 1922
Explore Lifelong Learning, Newcastle
17 October 2019
• The “Good Old IRA”: Collective memory of Ireland’s revolutionary decade during the Northern Ireland conflict, 1969-1989
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle
21 November 2019

With Emma Dewhirst (Liverpool University) and Josie Richardson (University of Oxford), I am currently organising a two-day workshop to take place on 4-5 October 2019: ‘Rebellion, Revolution and Resistance in the Twentieth Century: Social Movements, Class and Political Violence’.


I have taught across British and Irish history on Level 1 and Level 2 modules at Newcastle University:
HIS2002 Fatal Allies: Anglo-Irish Relations, 1798-1998 (2017-2018)
HIS1044 Aspects of British History (2018-2019)
HIS1029: Varieties of History (2018-2019)



• Book review: ‘The Troubles in Northern Ireland and theories of social movements’, Irish Political Studies, 33 (2018), pp. 160-163
• ‘The heterogeneity and evolution of Irish republicanism, c.1969-c.1994’, North East of England Historians of Ireland Postgraduate Network, 18 October 2017
• ‘Isolated or integral? Irish workers in Preston, c.1829-1867’, Irish Diaspora Histories Network, 1 October 2018
• ‘Writing the “Troubles”: Purpose and practice’, Writing the Troubles, 8 July 2019 

Academic qualifications

BA, MA by Research (Dunelm)

Other roles

• Research Assistant, Voices of '68 (Project lead: Dr Chris Reynolds, Nottingham Trent University)
• Volunteer and researcher on placement with Newcastle University Oral History Collective project Foodbank Histories
• Administrative assistant, Labour and Society research strand, Newcastle University
• Junior Visiting Fellow, St John’s College, University of Durham