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- PublicationRemembering Brazil @Mexico1970: Social Media & Collective Memory Making in Times of COVID-19(Taylor and Francis, 2022-07-07)In March 2020 – following the rapid increase of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases in the country – several Brazilian sports leagues momentarily ceased to slow the virus spread among the population. Despite the record number of deaths caused by the disease, most of these leagues re-started by mid-July. Brazilian TV channels offered football match reruns as an alternative to fill weekly schedule gaps. Therefore, within a somewhat dystopian context of political chaos, deep economic recession and unparalleled public health crisis, the most-watched sports channel in the country, SporTV, decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Brazil’s third FIFA World Cup title at the 1970 men’s tournament by rerunning the six matches played by the successful national football team (aka Seleção), from April 14 to the 19 and on June 21. Focusing on Twitter, this article demonstrates how the moment provided content for social media narratives about the country’s assumed ‘glorious’ past, its fractured contemporary state and uncertain futures. In doing so, we offer insights into the complexities of memory craft within sport histories and nation-making practices.
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- PublicationBolshevik bargaining in Soviet industry: communists between state and society in the interwar USSR(University of Chicago Press, 2021-06)Drawing on the records of the Kirov PPO, this article provides a view of the Soviet industrialisation process placing the party at the centre of analysis. The account begins from the winding down of the New Economic Policy (NEP) in the late 1920s and follows the process of industrialisation through the 1930s and up to the German invasion of the USSR in 1941. It will be shown that throughout this tumultuous period, the PPO provided the political space within which the many conflicts of the Soviet factory were played out and contained. Alongside the social-contractual accounts of Soviet industrialisation, this article argues that Soviet workers did indeed operate in relative autonomy from the state. However, this was predicated on active support for the state and the taking on of specific tasks in its service via party membership. Rather than stressing structural factors or forms of resistance as sources of workers’ power, this account highlights the extent to which active engagement with the Soviet system on its own terms was entirely consistent with workers’ pursuit of their immediate interests. This was not therefore the autonomy that is gained by carving out a niche, but that inherent in the delegation of certain powers from an authority to its functionaries. By institutionalising activism at the very heart of industrial relations the communist party ensured that, to borrow a phrase from Thompson, the Soviet working class would be present at its own making. The centrality of industrialisation to Stalin’s revolution from above lends this fact significance exceeding the bounds of labour history, prompting us to consider the mutual constitution of the workers’ state and the society it governed.
- PublicationBuilding a Red Navy: communist activism and military authority in the Baltic Fleet, 1918-1940(Cambridge University Press, 2022-05)This article examines the activities of the Soviet military-political organs in the Baltic Fleet. It shows that the web of party institutions transformed the Fleet into a space of political and social activism that had little to do with the strictly military aspects of government policy. Such activism was nevertheless unfailingly promoted even as it became clear that it compromised core elements of military efficiency such as discipline and well-defined chains of command. This argument has implications for our broader understanding of the nature of the Soviet state. It indicates that once the Bolsheviks’ revolutionary ideology had become institutionalised in the state via the ubiquitous presence of party organs, pragmatic retreats for organisational efficiency became exceptionally difficult to implement.
- PublicationUCD decade of centenaries: 1912-1923 events timeline(UCD University Relations & UCD Research, 2015)1912-1923 events timeline was compiled by Dr Conor Mulvagh, Lecturer in Irish History with special responsibility for the Decade of Commemorations, UCD School of History & Archives and UCD History graduate Colm O’Flaherty and details the key events for the period, highlighting some of the rich resources available in UCD. Translation into Irish by Cathal Billings PhD, lecturer, UCD de Bhaldraithe Centre for Irish Language Scholarship, UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics.
- PublicationDeich mBliana na gCuimhneachán: 1912-1923 Amlíne Imeachtaí(UCD University Relations & UCD Research, 2015)Cuireadh Imeachtaí amlíne 1912-1923 le chéile ag an Dr Conor Mulvagh, Léachtóir i Stair na hÉireann le freagrachtaí ar leith do Chomóradh Dheich mBliana na gCuimhneachán, agus ag céimí Colm O’Flaherty, UCD Scoil na Staire agus Arcíveanna. Gheofar sonraí phríomhimeachtaí na tréimshse anseo le béim ar leith ar chuid de na hacmhainní saibhre taighde atá ar fáil i UCD. Aistriúchán Gaeilge le Cathal Billings, PhD, Léachtóir i UCD Lárionad de Bhaldraithe do Léann na Gaeilge, UCD Scoil na Gaeilge, an Léinn Cheiltigh, Bhéaloideas Éireann agus na Teangeolaíochta.