School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies
Livesey House, LH312
Subject Areas: History
Jack Hepworth is Associate Lecturer in History in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies, where he teaches modern British, Irish, and European history. Jack has 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, and histories of migration, and activism more broadly.
Jack is a member of the British Association for Irish Studies. the Oral History Society, the Professional Football Scouts Association and the Society for the Study of Labour History.
Jack Hepworth joined UCLan as Associate Lecturer in History in 2019, after seven years at the universities of Durham and Newcastle. Supervised by Dr Sarah Campbell and Dr Matt Perry, Jack’s doctoral thesis explored the internal dynamics of Irish republicanism between 1968 and 1998. Recently, Jack has also researched and written about Irish migration to the north-west of England during the mid-nineteenth century, and the cultural and political dimensions of sport in Ireland.
Between May 2018 and March 2019, as part of Newcastle University Oral History Collective, Jack volunteered with Foodbank Histories, recording oral history interviews with supporters and organisers at Newcastle West End Foodbank. A collaboration with the foodbank and Northern Cultural Projects, the project engaged oral testimonies to explore experiences of food insecurity. Through a Newcastle University Social Justice Fund placement, Jack worked full-time on Foodbank Histories in February and March 2019.
From July to October 2019, Jack worked as Research Assistant on Dr Chris Reynolds’s (Nottingham Trent University) Voices of ’68 project. This project stemmed from the major Voices of ’68 exhibition, which focused on Northern Ireland’s experience of 1968. The exhibition resulted in a permanent display at the Ulster Museum in Belfast, developing both touring versions across Ireland and the USA. It also produced educational resources for schools in Ireland. Jack liaised with and interviewed the 30 activists who originally contributed testimonies to the exhibition.
With Emma Dewhirst (Liverpool University), Jack organised a two-day workshop at Newcastle University on 4-5 October 2019: Rebellion, Revolution and Resistance in the Twentieth Century: Political Violence, Social Movements and Class. View a report on this event here.
Book review: ‘The Troubles in Northern Ireland and theories of social movements’, Irish Political Studies, 33 (2018), pp. 160-163
‘Writing the “Troubles”: Purpose and practice’
Writing the Troubles, 8 July 2019
‘The rapid rise and fall of the Abbey Shamrocks: The story of a community Gaelic football team, from foundation to folding’
Ireland’s Own: The September Annual, No. 5727 (20 September 2019)
‘Foodbank histories: Recording experiences of food poverty, work and community at the Newcastle West End Foodbank’ (first-authored, with Alison Atkinson-Phillips, Silvie Fisch, and Graham Smith), Public History Review (in press)
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