Revolting Women: Irish Feminist, Labour & Nationalist Movements 1913-1923
Friday, 16 October 2015 from 14:00 to 18:00 (IST)
Funded by both the Irish Research Council New Foundations Programme and UCD Decade of Centenaries this seminar focuses on the participation of Irishwomen in the turmoil of revolutionary movements in early 20th Century Ireland.
The seminar showcases the archaeological work of Laura McAtackney who recorded and analysed the graffiti on the walls and prison cells of Kilmainham Gaol, particularly focussing on the graffiti by women political prisoners. The seminar will also reveal key findings from papers by political revolutionary women which have been hitherto overlooked in public archives.
Papers by Will Murphy, Rosemary Cullen-Owens, Dr Ann Matthews & Padraig Yeates examine how gender roles and divisions came into play in this era and also how the position of women in Ireland today might frame a certain number of key questions in historical research. A closing roundtable of Lindsey Earner-Byrne, Linda Connolly and Margaret Ward addresses the wider questions of why history matters to those of us interested in gender relations, and the more contested question of why gender matters in history writing.
The seminar is free and open to the public but booking is essential.