Dr Stephen Hopkins

Undergraduate Examinations Officer


BA (Oxford)

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Personal details



  • PL3103 The Politics of War and Peace: Northern Ireland after 1972
  • PL3122 The Political Legacies of Conflict in Northern Ireland



The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict - S. Hopkins The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict (Liverpool University Press, 2013).

Recent journal articles and chapters

  • ‘“It’s the Art of Always Falling on your Feet!” Exile, Communism and Memories of the Spanish Civil War in the Writing of Jorge Semprún’ in Anindya Raychaudhuri (ed.), The Spanish Civil War: Exhuming a Buried Past (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
  • Review Essay: Stalinism and the Soviet Politics of the Self’, Socialist History, No.36 (May 2010), pp.107-115.
  • Review of The Lost Revolution: The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers Party’, Reviews in History (No. 915) (June 2010).
  • ‘Biography and Political Uses of Memory: Editorial’, Socialist History, No.34 (April 2009), pp.v-x. [with Norman LaPorte]
  • ‘Comparing Revolutionary Narratives: Irish Republican self-presentation and considerations for the study of Communist life-histories’, Socialist History, No.34 (April 2009), pp.52-69.
  • ‘The Soviet Politics of the Self in the 1930s’, Labour History Review, Vol. 73, No.3 (December 2008), pp.337-348.
  • 'The Totality of Relationships? The British-Irish Council' in Michael Cox, Adrian Guelke and Fiona Stephen (eds.) A Farewell to Arms? Beyond the Good Friday Agreement (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006) [Co-authored with Philip Lynch].
  • 'Fighting without Guns? Political Autobiography in Contemporary Northern Ireland' in Liam Harte (ed.) Modern Irish Autobiography: Self, Nation and Society(London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
  • 'A Weapon in the Struggle? Loyalist Paramilitarism and the Politics of Auto/Biography in Contemporary Northern Ireland' in Mervyn Busteed, Frank Neal and Jon Tonge (eds.) Irish Protestant Identities (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008).


Current research

I am currently working on a manuscript entitled ‘The Politics of Memoir and the Conflict in Northern Ireland’, to be published by Liverpool University Press. This work will engage critically with the biographical dimension of the violent conflict, and its legacies, and will also examine the broader question of the utility of studying political memoir and autobiography for political scientists and contemporary historians.

Recent research activities

I have presented my research at a number of conferences:


  • ‘Victims and Memoir-Writing: Leaving the Troubles Behind?’ Paper delivered at the conference Ireland and Victims: Recognition, Reparation, Reconciliation? University of Rennes 2, September 2010.
  • ‘Sinn Fein and the Radical Left in Europe: Natural Partners or Awkward Allies?’ Paper delivered at the Political Studies Association annual conference (Workshop on the Radical Left and Europe), University of Edinburgh, April 2010.
  • ‘Political Memoir, Biography and the Memory of Loyalist Paramilitary Violence’ Paper delivered to the PSA annual conference (Irish Politics sub-group), University of Edinburgh, April 2010.


  • Victims and the Northern Ireland Conflict: Problems and Definitions’ Paper delivered to the University of Leicester, Department of Politics and International relations Research Seminar, December 2009.
    ‘Political Memoir, Biography and the Memory of Loyalist Paramilitary Violence’ Paper delivered to the 3rd Annual Colloquium on Conflict and Aggression/Society for Terrorism Research International conference, University of Ulster, September 2009.


  • 'Comparing revolutionary narratives: Irish Republican self-presentation and considerations for the study of Communist Life History'. Paper delivered at the conference 'Identity and self-presentation in European communist life histories', University of Manchester, 23 March 2007.
  • 'Memories of Division and Conflict: Confronting the Legacy of the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland after the Good Friday Agreement'. Paper delivered at the conference 'Reviewing the Good Friday Agreement: Effects, Impact and Prospects', HAGRI/Irish Politics sub-group of the PSA, University of Wolverhampton, June 27-28 2007.
  • 'The Autobiographical Writing of Gerry Adams: The Construction of an Exemplary Irish Republican life'. Paper delivered at the conference 'New Irelands', British Association for Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, 14-16 September 2007.


  • 'Revisiting the "Narrow Ground": Approaches to Truth and Reconciliation in contemporary Northern Ireland'. Paper delivered at the conference 'Collective Memory and the Uses of the Past', University of East Anglia, 7-10 July 2006.
  • 'The First Item on the Agenda: The Italian Left and the Olive Tree government, 1996-2001'. Paper delivered at the conference 'The Non-Social Democratic Left and Government Participation', PSA Specialist group on Communist and post-communist politics, University of Sussex, 12 September 2006.

Successful grant applications

I have been involved, with several other members of the Department at Leicester (Dr Laura Brace, Dr Tara McCormack, and Dr Kelly Staples), with a successful bid to the ESRC Research Seminars competition, for a series entitled ‘The Politics of Victimhood’, which involves a range of internationally-renowned researchers in various aspects of this genre. I was responsible for organising one of the seminars, specifically examining the question of victimhood in the context of the legacy of the Northern Ireland conflict.

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