NORTHERN IRELAND POLITICAL COLLECTION LECTURE SERIES

No-Wash: The Significance of Republican Prison Protest Before the 1981 Hunger Strike with Rachel Oppenheimer

Monday 4 July, 7.00pm (UK time) • Online ZOOM Lecture • £1

The no-wash or dirty protest of 1978-1981 remains an understudied phase of republican prison protest. To date, only one full-length book and a handful of articles tackle the subject. Much of the work on the years between 1976 and 1981 focuses, understandably, on the hunger strike of 1981, but to truly understand that moment we must understand what came first. This talk will examine the ways in which the hunger strike of 1981 was the culmination of five years of sustained protest by republican prisoners, and how the earlier phases of protest, particularly the no-wash/dirty protest, were crucial to the events that followed.

 

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