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Feminist Storytelling Working Group

January 17 @ 10:30 am - 5:30 pm


January 17
10:30 am - 5:30 pm


O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance
NUI Galway Ireland


Miriam Haughton

Feminist Storytelling Working Group

PI: Dr Miriam Haughton

Date/Venue: 17 January 2018, O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance

Sponsored by: The College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, and Gender Arc, NUI Galway


Registration: This is a free event but places are limited. To reserve a place, please email ‘miriam.haughton@nuigalway.ie’ by 8 January 2018. Research topics under discussion are accessible online or will be emailed in advance.

Workshop Overview

This is the second of a series of workshops reflecting on significant moments of feminism and gender equality as they are represented or addressed via diverse modes of storytelling in an interdisciplinary forum. Considering feminism and gender in both Irish and international contexts, these workshops draw from institutional and international expertise to review points of urgency and change in relation to gendered experience from perspectives of history, law, culture, politics, and the arts. The aim of the workshop is to situate the trajectory and legacy of storytelling and narratives in modern contexts that illuminate gendered experience, utilising the methodology and principles of feminism. Chairs will introduce topics, which are then open to the floor for discussion, analysis and debate.

Guiding Themes: Performance, Gender and Change; Gender and Leadership; Gender and the Law; Gender and Family


10.45 – 11.00: Registration

11.00 – 11.30: Dr Miriam Haughton, Workshop Introduction: Storytelling and Feminist Politics (DTP, NUI Galway)

 11.30 – 12.15: Professor Linda Connolly, From Suffrage to The Irish Women’s Liberation Movement (Director, Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute)

 12:15 – 1.00: Lunch, O’Donoghue Centre

1.00 – 1.45:  Dr Kevin O’Sullivan, Gender and Humanitarian History (History, NUI Galway)

1.45 – 2.30: Orla O’Connor, The National Women’s Council of Ireland: The Agenda Today (Director, National Women’s Council of Ireland)

2.30 – 2.45: Break

2.45 – 3.30: Dr Andrew Ó Baoill, Gender and the Media (English/Journalism, NUI Galway)

3:30 – 4. 15: Ailbhe Smyth, Repeal the 8th Campaign (Convenor, Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment)

4.15 – 4.30: Break

4.30 – 5.15: Professor Jen Harvie, Performance, Gender and Leadership (Drama, Queen Mary, University of London)


Recommended Reading

Bardon, Sarah, and Hugh Linehan, ‘Anti-harassment Measures for Arts Sector Announced’, Irish Times, 9 November 2017, viewed 30 November 2017 at: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/anti-harassment-measures-for-arts-sector-announced-1.3284789

Black, Allida, ‘Are Women “Human”? The UN and the Struggle to Recognize Women’s Rights as Human Rights’, in Akira Irite, Petra Goedde, and William I. Hitchcock, eds, The Human Rights Revolution: An International History, Oxford: Oxford UP, 2012, pp. 133-155.

Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, www.repealeight.ie

Connolly, Linda and O’Toole, Tina, Documenting Irish Feminisms, Dublin: Woodfield Press, 2013.

Everyday Stories, www.everydaystories.org

Harvie, Jen, ‘The Abuse of Power’, in Peter Eckersall and Helena Grehan, eds, The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics, Oxon: Routledge, forthcoming 2018.

Haughton, Miriam, ‘“Them the Breaks”: #WakingTheFeminists and Staging the Easter/Estrogen Rising’, Contemporary Theatre Review, vol 28, no.1, forthcoming 2018.

Mitchell, Caroline. “Women’s (Community) Radio as a Feminist Public Sphere”, Javnost – The Public, Vol. 5 , Iss. 2,1998, pp.73-85.

National Women’s Council of Ireland, www.nwci.ie

O’Toole, Fintan, ‘If Theatre Is Not a Safe Space, What Is Left?’, Irish Times, 4 November 2017, viewed 30 November 2017