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School of History hosts Women’s History Association of Ireland Annual Conference

26 May 2011

School of History hosts Women’s History Association of Ireland Annual Conference

Women’s Studies, in association with the School of History, hosts the Women’s History Association of Ireland Annual Conference on Gender and Sexual Politics / the Politics of Sexuality in Ireland.


Please contact Dr. Sandra McAvoy at if you would like to attend the conference.

Symposium on Marriage in Ireland Friday evening 27th May

6.00pm: On Friday 27th May, Professors Maria Luddy (Warwick) and Mary O’Dowd (QUB) will conduct a symposium on their AHRC-funded project, Marriage in Ireland, 1660-1925.

Keynote speaker on Saturday 28th May

On Saturday 28th Dr Leeann Lane, will speak on 'Single Women and Sex in the Newly Independent Irish State'.

Dr. Lane’s biography of Rosamond Jacob was published in 2010 (Rosamond Jacob: Third Person Singular, Dublin: UCD Press).

This year's MacCurtain/Cullen history prize will be presented during the conference.

Papers on Saturday 28th will include:

Dr. Aoife Bhreatnach (Independent Scholar): Bodies and Barracks: the medical treatment of men, women and children in the nineteenth-century British Army.

Dr. Linda Connolly (UCC): Historicising reproductive rights in Ireland since the 1960s: from fertility ‘control’ to ‘the promotion of’ (more) fertility.

Dr. Ann Daly (Independent Scholar):  ‘...a sudden and complete revolution in the female’ : The Adolescent Girl in Post-Famine Ireland.

Dr. Bryce Evans (UCD):“The married woman’s place, the mother of the family, is in the home”: the ‘Architect of Modern Ireland’ and Irish Women.

John Johnston-Kehoe (TCD) (IRCHSS scholar): The gendered politics of policing sex in Dublin, 1930-1960.

Jacinta Kelly (Manchester), Christine Hallett (Manchester) Jane Brooks (Manchester):  ‘To think I went off to England and I didn’t even know the facts of life’: Irish civilian nurses in Britain during the Second World War.

Dr. Elizabeth Kiely (UCC): Living ‘in Seventh Heaven on Walton’s Mountain’ and not in the Real World: Analysing the Public Debate on the Irish Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) Programme, 1996-2002.

Dr. Mary Muldowney (TCD): Breaking the Silence: Pro-Choice Activism in Ireland since 1983.

Dr. Tanya Ní Mhuirthile (UCC): Building Bodies:  Legal Implications of Medicalisation and Pathologisation of Intersex Bodies in Ireland.

Bláithnaid Nolan (UCD) (IRCHSS scholar): Was ‘Unnatural Crime’ the Real ‘Convict Stain’ of Van Diemen’s Land?

Dr. Conor Reidy (UL): Gender bias and the enforcement of the Inebriates Act (Ireland) 1898: the case of the State Inebriate Reformatory at Ennis.

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