Dieter Reinisch

Dieter Reinisch
National University of Ireland, Galway | NUI Galway · School of Political Science and Sociology

PhD (EUI); Mag. (UniVie); MRes (EUI)

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Introduction
I am an IRC Postdoctoral researcher at the Moore Institute, National University of Ireland in Galway, researching social movement radicalisation and political violence in Germany and Ireland since World War I. I joined the Moore Institute from the Central European University in Budapest, where I held the position of junior core fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study. I hold a PhD from the Department of History & Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
Additional affiliations
June 2019 - September 2019
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Position
  • PostDoc Position
May 2019 - May 2019
National University of Ireland, Galway
Position
  • Researcher
January 2019 - present
Webster University Vienna
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
September 2014 - June 2015
European University Institute
Field of study
  • History
September 2014 - June 2018
European University Institute
Field of study
  • History
December 2005 - February 2013
University of Vienna
Field of study
  • History

Publications

Publications (20)
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This volume examines the critical factors and processes by which the Provisional Irish Republican movement campaign from 1969 to 1998 transformed a once acquiescent nationalist population in Northern Ireland into a counterpublic of resistance demanding national self-determination and social justice. Considering the establishment of Irish republican...
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While hundreds of Provisional Irish republicans were imprisoned in Portlaoise Prison during the Northern Ireland conflict, their part in the conflict remains largely neglected by researchers. During an attempt to politicise these Provisional IRA prisoners, a Cumann (local branch) was formed at a meeting of republicans in Portlaoise in January 1979....
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Media pundits, politicians, and academic observers have frequently described the Northern Irish Troubles as a religious conflict, a description the Irish republican actors of the conflict reject. In 2009 and 2011, I interviewed twenty-five former Irish republican women activists. Other scholars have argued that the emotions, feelings, and subjectiv...
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Between 1973 and 1977, about 100 Provisional republican prisoners staged a series of violent prison protests and hunger strikes in the Republic of Ireland’s high-security prison, Portlaoise. Research on political imprisonment during the Northern Ireland conflict overwhelmingly focuses on the H-Blocks struggle. The Portlaoise Prison protests, thus,...
Experiment Findings
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On 18 April 2019, by-stander Lyra McKee was killed while a group of teenagers and young men rioted against the PSNI in the Northern Irish city of Derry. During these riots, two masked gunmen of the “New IRA” fired up to ten shots at three PSNI Land Rovers. The recruitment of teenagers into the ranks of dissident Irish republicans has raised concern...
Chapter
This chapter shows how Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners started a critical debate within and beyond the prison walls during the Northern Ireland conflict, thereby becoming leaders of a conflict transformation process. The IRA prisoners used their position to criticize the then leadership of the Irish republican movement for the failed truce of...
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While there exists a wide range of historical and social science literature on political prisoners during the Northern Ireland conflict between 1969 and 1998, little attention has been paid to the prison life of the individual internees and prisoners. Sport, in particular, played a very important part in the lives of both republican and loyalist pr...
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The split of Sinn Féin and the IRA in 1969 established a lasting schism within Irish Republicanism. Historians tend to narrate the split as the result of an intense struggle between two opposing factions led by men. However, women performed an important role in the Republican movement throughout the twentieth century. This article analyses how wome...
Thesis
This PhD thesis is an oral history project with former Irish Republican prisoners in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It discusses the relationship between three themes, those of political subjectivity, political education, and collective resistance. Based on extensive life-story interviews with 34 ex-prisoners, I examine the evolution...
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Nordirland durchlebte den längsten und blutigsten Konflikt in Westeuropa nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg. Im Sommer 1969 führten die brutale Niederschlagung von Bürgerrechtsmärschen, Pogrome gegen die katholische Minderheit und Attentate zur Entsendung der britischen Armee. Der Krieg sollte fast 30 Jahre andauern und über 3000 Menschen das Leben kosten....
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2014 marks the centenary of the Irish Republican women’s organisation Cumann na mBan. Nevertheless, research on Republican women has long focused only on the period 1914-1923. Moreover, historians researching this and subsequent periods use to stress the subordinate role of female activists under a male Republican leadership. It is common belief th...
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The Irish language is witnessing a revival in some parts of Ulster. This revival is most visible in Belfast where An CheathrúGhaeltachta (Gaeltacht Quarter) was founded to promote the Irish language. While Irish was marginalized during the conflict in the North, Bel-fast, for example, had more Gaelscoileanna (Irish-language schools) than any other...
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2014 marked the centenary of Cumann na mBan, the Irish Republican women’s organisation. While a number of recent publications have dealt with the first decade of Cumann na mBan, its existence in the second half of the 20th century has largely been neglected by academics. However, women played an integral part in the Republican struggle and many of...
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Die Vorstellung einer besseren, egalitären Welt in Bescheidenheit begleitet die Menschheit in ihren Mythen und Vorstellungen seit Tausenden von Jahren. Der britische Geologe Charles Lyell bewies bereits 1830, dass die Welt viel älter sein müsse, als jene 6.000 bis 7.000 Jahre, von denen die jüdisch-christliche Vorstellung sprach. Zu jener Zeit muss...
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In autumn 1968, the General Army Convention of the IRA carried a motion to allow membership of women. This decision was reconfirmed following the republican split in 1969 by the Provisional Army Council. The move was heavily criticised by members of the republican women’s organisation Cumann na mBan themselves. Based on 25 interviews conducted with...
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This study examines the military and political role of women’s organisations in national liberation movements and the changing role of women in these movements as a result of acts of war on the basis of the Northern Irish conflict between 1969 and 1986. In this period between the two splits of the Irish Republican Movement, the Republican women’s o...

Projects

Projects (4)
Project
This 11th issue of Studi irlandesi: A Journal of Irish Studies will explore the Anglo-Irish War/War of Independence (1919-21) and interpretations of the end of the War of Independence from an interdisciplinary perspective. The special edition aims to provide an overview of various academic approaches to and interpretations of multiple forms of the War of Independence and its aftermaths from multiple cultural, national, social, political, religious, anti-colonial, anti-imperialist perspectives.
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Guest Editor of Issue VII of "Studi irlandesi. A journal of Irish Studies" on "Resistance in Modern Ireland" to be published by Florence University Press in June 2017.
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“Has the Rising of 1916 an enduring significance for Ireland [...]? [Is it] still relevant to the very different Ireland of today – and, if so, what is its relevance?” With these words in 2001, Garrett Fitzgerald interrogated the impact of the defining moment of the Easter Rising on contemporary Ireland. These questions serve as an apt starting point for the “Irish Society, History and Culture: 100 years after 1916” conference. Our aim is not limited to assessing the significance of the Rising; exploring, evaluating and interpreting the impact and the consequences of the 1916 experience. Rather, we seek to investigate the last century of Irish history, society and culture in the late 20th and early 21st century through the lens of the Rising. Paper submissions with an Irish dimension are invited on substantial, original and unpublished research in the fields of History and Society Cultural Studies, Literature and Linguistics Political and Social Sciences Submissions must describe substantial, original, and unpublished work. All submissions will be judged on originality, significance, and relevance to the conference. The duration of each paper (regardless of the number of contributors per paper) will be limited to 15-20 minutes. The conference will be conducted in English only. All panel rooms will be equipped with PowerPoint facilities. Please send an abstract of 250‐300 words, together with biographical background information of 50‐100 words by 31 March 2015 to: 1916conference@eui.eu Applicants will be informed of the outcome by email no later than 1st of May. Those offered places must confirm their participation within 14 days, after which places may be offered to applicants on the reserve list. Participants in the Conference will be asked to submit a .000-8.000 word paper before 15th of September. The Conference has no fees and will provide coffee/tea breaks and lunches. Travel and accommodation costs are not included. Further information will be made available in due time. However, participants need to secure their own funding to participate in this conference. The conference aims to bring together distinguished scholars and younger researchers from cultural studies, history, literature, linguistics, political science and sociology. In organising this international conference we seek to contribute to the further development of an international network of scholars working on Irish studies and to promote the publication of outputs such as co-edited books or special issues of international journals. For those speakers interested in such a publication, information will be given by the Organizing Committee during the conference. The conference will feature keynote speeches from internationally-renowned scholars Prof. Kieran Allan, UCD Dr. Seán Crosson, NUIG Dr. Niall Ó Dochartaigh, NUIG Prof. Peter Shirlow, University of Liverpool Prof. Jennifer Todd, UCD