Seminar. Sarah Campbell. “The audacity of youth”? Understanding the longitudinal impacts of 1968 in Northern Ireland’

The fifth seminar of our Nottingham Trent University (NTU) Oral History Network series is taking place online on Wednesday 23 February @ 1pm.

Dr Sarah Campbell (Newcastle University) will be giving a paper entitled ‘“The audacity of youth”? Understanding the longitudinal impacts of 1968 in Northern Ireland’.

If you would like to attend, please register via this link.

ABSTRACT: This is a work in progress talk and a proposal rather than finished research. Northern Ireland is often considered an anomaly in the wider 1968 global movement. Recent research has started to challenge that, but much more needs to be done, particularly on the oral history side and the long-term impacts of activism. Research on the 1968 generation in Northern Ireland tends to focus almost exclusively on their activism around civil rights at the end of the 1960s and sometimes into the early 1970s. It rarely explores issues beyond that. This paper will explore a longitudinal approach to understanding the impact that activism at a youthful stage of their life-course (the moment at which they ‘came of age’ and transitioned into adulthood, age c.17-25) affects their political and private biography. What became of the 1968 generation? How can we destabilise ‘model’ political trajectories? And, can we use a longitudinal life history approach to draw any general conclusions?

BIO: Sarah Campbell is a Senior Lecturer in Irish and British History at Newcastle University. She is also a member of the Oral History Collective at the university. She is currently researching student activism in Northern Ireland between 1968.


23 Feb 2022


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