MJCasey

I am a historian interested in the sociocultural dimensions of radical politics during the 20th century. I grew up in Cahir, Republic of Ireland, and studied for my  B.A. at Trinity College Dublin (2011-15) and received an MPhil from Cambridge University (2015-16). I am currently carrying out DPhil research at Oxford University, where my project examines the international connections of Irish women on the radical left, 1916-1939. My past research projects have included the history of the Irish gay rights movement and Irish travel to the Soviet Union during the interwar period.

I have contributed to online blogs and other media outlets such as BBC Radio 4, History Today and History Ireland, in addition to delivering many lectures to both academic and public audiences.

The blog is named after a 1936 collection of ‘proletarian culture’ compiled by the Irish poet Leslie Daiken. Good-Bye Twilight broadly reflects my research interests: the cultural and social bonds that brought radicals and progressive intellectuals together during the first part of the 20th century.

More specifically, I am interested in the lived experience of left-wing political movements; how individual radicals navigated global networks and conducted personal relationships that shaped their subjective experience. Being Irish has naturally drawn me towards exploring nationalists, but I am equally fascinated by the globally-oriented radical rank and file, such as the adherents of the Esperanto movement and the foot soldiers of international communism.

Please feel free to get in touch using the details available on the contact page. I am always eager to collaborate and contribute to any projects related to my research interests.

My PhD and the research I present on this blog is funded by the Globalising and Localising the Great War Scholarship, supported by the Jesus College alumni fund. I have also recently received a Fulbright Student Award to carry out research in the United States from January to May 2019.

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