Women’s History Association of Ireland Conference 2023

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University College Corkis hosting Women’s History Association of Ireland Conference 2023 Fri, 2from 6 May 2023  – Sat, 27 May 2023. The conference has a diverse programme of speakers from many disciplines, and this year’s keynote speakers for 2023 are Professor Lindsey Earner-Byrne (UCC), and Professor Máiréad Enright (University of Birmingham).

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Women’s History Association of Ireland Conference 2023


9.00 – 9.30am: Registration


9.30am: Opening remarks: Dr Deirdre Foley, UCC


10 – 11.30am: Parallel Panel One


Panel 1A:

Ukrainian Women in Politics and Activism: historical and artistic perspectives

Chair: Dr Olesia Zhytkova, DCU


Dr Mariia Huk, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, member of NGO Litopys Nezlamnosti

Women of Ukraine during the First World War and today: historical parallels


Dr Yuliia Topolnytska, European University, Kyiv

Social roles of Ukrainian women during the period of the aggravation of the crisis of

the Soviet system (1964-1985): legislation, propaganda, realities


Dr Maria Petrushkevych, National University of Ostroh Academy

The image of Ukraine – woman through the eyes of modern artists in the

context of the Russian-Ukrainian war


Panel 1B:

Revolutionary Voices

Chair: Susannah Deedigan, QUB


Katherine Ingram, QUB

‘Throwing stones at each other’: suffrage militancy in Ireland and its impact on unity in

the female enfranchisement movement


Niall Murray, UCC

Fighting for whose cause? Experiences of a ‘lady doctor’ under Irish revolutionary local



Helen Litton, TCD

Kathleen Clarke: A Woman in Irish Politics, 1916-42


11.30am – 12pm: Break


12 – 1.30pm: Parallel Panel Two


Panel 2A:

Ukrainian Women in Politics and Activism: contemporary perspectives

Chair: Dr Mary McAuliffe, UCD


Dr Olesia Zhytkova, DCU

The corruption’s impact on women’s participation in politics and activism in Ukraine in the 21st century


Kateryna Prokopenko – wife of Denys “Redis” Prokopenko, Commander of “Azov” Regiment; the Head of “Association of the Azovstal defenders’ families”

The activity of the “Association of the Azovstal defenders’ families” in Ukraine (2022 – 2023)


Maria Ionova, Ukrainian Member of Parliament

Women in politics and activism in Ukraine in 2022 – 2023


Panel 2B:

Queer Irish Activism

Chair: Prof Laura Kelly, University of Strathclyde


Orla Egan, Cork LGBT Archive

Diary of An Activist: a social activism memoir


Niamh Scully, University of Oxford

Lesbians Are Everywhere: The Formation of Community Space by Queer Women in Ireland from the 1970s-1990s


1.30 – 2.30pm: Lunch


2.30 – 4pm: Parallel Panel Three


Panel 3A:

Reproductive Rights in the Republic

Chair: Dr Deirdre Foley


Dr Laura Kelly, University of Strathclyde

The Women’s Right to Choose Group, pro-choice activism and crisis pregnancy counselling in early 1980s Dublin


Dr Katherine Side, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Leaving Reproductive Justice Behind for International Protection Seekers


Panel 3B:

Women and Imprisonment

Chair: Judy Bolger, TCD


Susan Byrne, TCD

The ordinary female prisoner in the Irish Free State (1922-37)


Susannah Deedigan, QUB

“She will be the last to go out, & by that time she will have killed all these girls”: the Armagh women’s hunger strikes, 1943-4


Miren Mohrenweiser, QUB

Maternal Activism and the State in Northern Ireland, 1976-1981


Panel 3C:

Irish Women’s Writing and Biography

Chair: Dr Maeve O’Riordan, UCC


Michael Loughman, DCU

‘The Simple Life idealised by the Left Wing Politicals’: The writings of Máirín Cregan and the agrarian vision of the Independent Irish state


Orlaith Hickey, DCU

“A body of loss”: Marginalised women in the Irish written record and the role of the

Ainm biographical database in the recovery of women’s stories


4.00 – 4.15pm: Break


4.15 – 5.15pm: Keynote Address

Dr Máiréad Enright, University of Birmingham


7pm: Conference Dinner




9.30 – 10.00am: Registration


10 – 11.30am: Parallel Panel One


Panel 1A:

Women and State Welfare

Chair: Dr Martin Walsh, UL


Olivia Frehill, TCD

Women workers, the state and the impact of the 1911 National Insurance Act


Dr Fionnuala Walsh, UCD

Welfare, widowhood and the state in post-revolutionary Ireland


Suzanne Jobling, QUB

‘A Matter of Public Interest’: Fighting for Pension Rights in the Republic of Ireland


Panel 1B:

Female Veterans

Chair: Professor Lindsey Earner-Byrne, UCC

Filippo Barsi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa

Brutalization and Proudness: women’s prison experience during the Anglo-Irish War explained through Bureau of Military History’s Statements by witnesses, 1913-21


Sophia Traxler, QUB

‘It would have been ridiculous to expect women to have taken part under arms’: The

Gendering of Service-Based Pensions, Female Veterans, and the Irish Free State, 1924-1934.


Máire Hussey, University of Oxford

Reading revolutionary voices ‘against the grain’: situating the Military Service Pension

Collection within a history of Irish women and welfare


11.30am – 12pm: Break


12 – 1.30pm: Parallel Panel Two


Panel 2A:

Women, Work and Industry

Chair: TBC


Norma Owens (University of Galway)

Was the Cong Lace Industry better than Home Rule?


Dr Morgan Wait, UCD

‘If we were men they’d find other jobs for us’: Continuity Announcers at R/TÉ, 1962-73


Panel 2B:

State and Gender-Based Violence

Chair: Dr Deirdre Foley


Conall Ó Fátharta, Maynooth University

Saviours and Sinners: how Irish newspapers served to normalise the Magdalen Laundries as charity, 1920-1960


Ellen O’Sullivan, UCC

Masculinity, nationhood and femicide: gendered killings in Ireland, 1925-2018


Carmel Nolan, DCU

Gender-based violence policy in Ireland: the need for intersectionality and inclusivity


1.30 – 2.30pm: Lunch & WHAI Committee Meeting


2.30 – 4pm: Parallel Panel Three


Panel 3A:

The Legacy of Revolution

Chair: Dr Fionnuala Walsh, UCD


Emma Dewhirst, QUB

‘Behold in the grave today what was yesterday the symbol of your country, and is at this

moment the symbol of resurrection’: Women and the Shaping of Political Legacy


Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman, independent scholar

The Afterlife of a Cumann na mBan girl: ‘A life the size of a postage stamp’


Shannon Forde, independent scholar

‘A poor woman like me’ – The Military Service Pension of Margaret Forde, 1934 – 1962


Panel 3B:

Motherhood and Childhood

Chair: Judy Bolger, TCD


Georgia Ryan, University of Galway

They Have No Time to be Ill: Maternal Health in Galway 1900-1918


Dr Cara Delay, College of Charleston

‘Beyond My Powers of Description’: Motherhood and Suffering in the Great Famine


Dr Deirdre Foley, UCC

Working motherhood in Ireland, 1965-1990


Panel 3C:

Perceptions of Prostitution

Chair: Dr Jay Rozman, UCC


Molly Daly, MIC

The Regulation of Prostitution in 19th Century Ireland


Dr Mary Lawton, UCC

Creating the Literary Prostitute


4.00 – 4.15pm: Break


4.15 – 5.15pm: Keynote Address

Professor Lindsey Earner-Byrne, UCC


5.15 – 5.30: Closing remarks: Professor Diane Urquhart, WHAI President

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