Jonathan Evershed


I am a political anthropologist and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Government and Politics at University College Cork, where my work on the ESRC-funded project ‘Brexit Between Two Unions’ examines the impact of Brexit on political relationships on the island of Ireland and between Ireland and the UK. My first book, Ghosts of the Somme: Commemoration and Culture War in Northern Ireland (University of Notre Dame Press) is based on a period of immersive ethnographic research undertaken in Belfast between 2013 and 2016, and it examines the complex and conflicted politics of history, memory and commemoration in Northern Ireland during the 'Decade of Centenaries'. 

Formerly, I held an AHRC Scholarship at the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast where I am currently a Visiting Research Fellow. I am also a Network Member of the AHRC Research Centre 'Living Legacies' based at Queen's and have been involved in a number of community-based projects in the North, including Co-operation Ireland's Entwined Histories programme and the HLF-funded East Belfast & The Great War research project. Before joining UCC, I lectured in International Relations and Politics at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Global Institute in London. 

Research Interests

My research interests include postcolonialism and the politics of national identity in the UK and Ireland; the politics of death, mourning and commemorative ritual; culture and peacebuilding in ‘post-conflict’ Northern Ireland; and the poetics, politics and aesthetics of peace, conflict and reconciliation.   


List of publications is as follows: 


Evershed, J. (2018), Ghosts of the Somme: Commemoration and Culture War in Northern Ireland, Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press


Journal Articles

Evershed, J. (2015), “From Past Conflict to Shared Future?: Commemoration, peacebuilding and the politics of Loyalism during Northern Ireland’s ‘Decade of Centenaries’”, International Political Anthropology, 8 (2), pp. 25-42


Book Chapters

Evershed, J. (2018), “A matter of fact?: The propaganda of peace and Ulster Loyalist hauntology during the ‘Decade of Centenaries’” in F. Larkan and F. Murphy eds., The Politics of Memory and Recovery in Times of Crisis, London: Routledge, pp. 11-31


Evershed, J. (2016), “Ghosts of the Somme: the state of Ulster Loyalism, memory work and the ‘other’ 1916” in R. S. Grayson and F. McGarry ed., Remembering 1916: The Easter Rising, the Somme and the Politics of Memory in Ireland, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 241-259



Evershed, J. (2017), Uncertain Futures: Essays about the Irish Past for Roy Foster, edited by Senia Pašeta, reviewed in Irish Studies Review, 25 (3), pp. 409-411 


Digital Outputs

Evershed, J. (2016), “The Sons of Ulster are Still Marching Towards the Somme”, Headlong Theatre, [Online] 1st July, Available from: 



Jonathan Evershed

Contact Details:


Postdoctoral Researcher



Department of Government & Politics

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