Irish Rebellion and Militancy in Transnational Perspective

Call for Papers

During this ‘Decade of Centenaries’ in Ireland, there has been much interest and new scholarship in Irish history. However, the history of Ireland is too often studied in conceptual isolation. The first three decades in twentieth-century Ireland saw plans for devolution, resistance to it and mobilisation for its support, Civil War(s), Revolution(s), counter-insurgency, cultural revival, new ideas of nationalism and sectarian identity, state formation and consolidation, participation in overseas wars, and communal violence. None of that was unique to Ireland, either by contemporary or historic standards, yet an ‘exceptionalist’ vein remains prominent in Irish history.

This groundbreaking one-day conference to be held on June 14, 2018 aims to engage with themes of rebellion and militancy in Ireland and place them within the context of contemporary European events. Through comparative and transnational perspectives, historians may be better able to understand not only Irish history, but to address a global acceleration of paramilitary and revolutionary violence that followed the First World War. The conference will also provide an opportunity for those scholars adopting transnational and comparative approaches to meet and discuss their work.

The conveners are seeking 20-minute papers on any aspect of Irish or European rebellion and militancy in the pre-Second World War period that can be brought into a wider discourse on transnational and comparative history. Themes to be explored might include:

  • Violence and militancy in the name of national or communal freedom
  • Resistance to nationalist or communal independentist movements
  • Collaborative networks of independentist movements
  • Ideas of revolution and counter-revolution
  • Civil War and sectarian violence
  • Cultural revivalism and cultural hegemony
  • State formation
  • Counter-insurgency and security measures
  • Policing and paramilitarism
  • The Spanish Civil War, international Communism and religious responses

Proposals of no more than 250 words should be submitted by Friday 15 December 2017, along with any queries. Selections will be made in early January. Submissions can be made via the form on the conference website:



Image credit: Irish Citizen Army Group, Liberty hall, Dublin, 1914. By National Library of Ireland on The Commons – Flickr: Liberty Hall, Public Domain,

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