Jason Burke is a passionate, young historian from Belfast with a particular interest in modern Irish history. Educated at Queen's University Belfast, he recently completed an MA in Modern History and received the James E. Todd Prize for the highest scoring dissertation on an aspect of Irish History
His specific expertise lies in the First World War, and more precisely, east Belfast's military contribution to the war. Jason devised and co-ordinated the Heritage Lottery funded East Belfast & the Great War research project between 2014-2016 and has now started work on a definitive account of east Belfast's role in the war for publication in the near future.
Jason has written and spoken widely on various topics in modern Irish History including the Home Rule crisis, female suffrage, the Easter Rising, the UVF, and many others.
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Jason has made many appearances in the media to share his knowledge of all things history. These have included: BBC TalkBack, BBC Good Morning Ulster, BBC Newsline, the RTE History Show, and Northern Visions TV He featured in the BAFTA award winning Channel 4 series Grayson Perry: Who Are You? in which one of the episodes focussed on historical centenaries in Belfast. Jason also featured in BBC Radio Ulster's The Long And The Short Of It, a local history series hosted by Tim McGarry and David Hume.
Jason has given many engaging talks & lectures at both academic and local level. He has featured on four History Ireland Hedge School discussions, including two at the Electric Picnic Festival. Others have included: lectures at the Feile an Phobail and the Feile an Earraigh in St. Mary's University; various keynote addresses to launch exhibitions, projects and publications including the launch of Reflections on 1916 at Belfast City Hall and the launch of the Letters of 1916 project; also a lecture and discussion at the Ulster Unionist Party's Easter 1916 event at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. His academic contributions include the ‘Revisiting Commemoration’ conference at Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense; also a contribution at the inaugural conference for the Centre of Public History at Queen's University Belfast; the ISAANZ conference at Maynooth where Jason spoke on the Decade of Centenaries; also at the 'Humanities and the Public Good' conference, Durham University.
Jason is the From The Archives columnist for The Extra newspaper. He has previously written pieces for the History Ireland magazine, Irish News, BBC and the Belfast Telegraph. He also contributed to a recent publication from the Ulster Historical Foundation and is presently working on two journal articles, one of which for Irish Historical Studies.
Jason has worked professionally and voluntarily in the heritage sector for over 10 years. During this time he has developed events for the decade of centenaries in Northern Ireland such as the Ulster Covenant commemorations in 2012. Jason devised and managed the East Belfast & the Great War project (HLF) which led him to advise on the activities of other projects in this field. Jason has assisted with research and consultation on a range of historical exhibitions and events, including Tim McGarry's 1916 themed stand up show 'Tim McGarry Goes Over The Top' and the successful Belfast Boys installation which featured in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.