1916:HOME:2016 Conference
1916:HOME:2016 Conference

1916:HOME:2016 Conference

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The 1916:HOME:2016 (27-28 October) conference commemorates the closure of Ireland's last Magdalen Laundry in 1996. The conference will consider the history of the state since 1916 and the ways in which the ideals of the 1916 Rising were betrayed by the realities of the state, and in particular the treatment of, and attitudes to, women's bodies over the course of the last one hundred years.

KEYNOTES: Mike Cronin (Boston College Ireland) and Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University).

ROUNDTABLE: Irish Women's Bodily Integrity NOW: REPEAL and Domestic Violence

The conference is hosted by the Irish Memory Studies Network (www.irishmemorystudies.com) in association with the UCD Centre for Women's Studies and the UCD Humanities Institute. The conference will be held at University College Dublin, and is funded by the UCD Decade of Centenaries programme.


Conference Organisers: Emilie Pine & Mary McAuliffe

The 1916:HOME:2016 committee are: Emilie Pine & Mary McAuliffe (UCD) Miriam Haughton & Charlotte McIvor (NUI Galway) The organising team include: Sarah Hoover, Ciara Murphy, Rachel Parry, Aisling Smith and Sarah O’Toole (NUIG).

For more information on the project, and the opening conference (7-8 October, NUI Galway), please see https://1916home2016.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/1916-home-2016/

Draft Conference Schedule

Venue: UCD Humanities Institute

Thursday 27 October: 9.30am Registration

10-11.30 Panel one: Theatre

Chair: Miriam Haughton (NUIG)

Dayna Killian (WIT), ‘Questioning the filters and factors of decision making in Irish theatre programming in relation to the work of Teresa Deevy’

Patricia O’Beirne (NUIG), ‘Sisters in Arms: Feminist Theatre in 1980s Ireland’

Alinne Fernandes (UFSC), ‘Patricia Brogan's Eclipsed in Brazil: Resonances and Reflections’

12-1.30 Panel two: Magdalenes & memory

Chair: Ciara Murphy (NUIG)

Audrey Rousseau (Ottawa), ‘Witnessing: Testimonial knowledge as ongoing memory transmission’

Nathalie Sebbane (Sorbonne), ‘Un-remembered in life and death: funeral and burial practices In Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries’

Lucy Simpson (Liverpool), ‘A Document of Truth?’: Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries & the McAleese Report’

Domino Torres (MSMU), ‘Magdalene Asylums Across Borders: The American West, Reimagining Iconography and the Role of Irish, Mexican and Chicana Artists’

2.30-4 Panel three: Literary responses

Chair: Margaret Kelleher (UCD)

Anne Fogarty (UCD), ‘“The roughed up tail of a Petticoat”: Feminist Re-Readings of the Rising in Mary Morrissy’s The Rising of Bella Casey and Lia Mills’s Fallen

Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos (UFSC), ‘A Case Study in Irish-Brazilian Intercultural Theatre: Cia Ludens' As Duas Mortes de Roger Casement / The Two Deaths of Roger Casement

Sarah O’Toole (NUIG), ‘Waking the Foremothers: #wakingthefeminists, Field Day and performing the intermedial counter-canon’

Ekaterina Mavlikaeva (Zaragoza), ‘Home as a Space of Resistance in Rings by Rosaleen McDonagh’

KEYNOTE VENUE: Newman Arts Building, UCD, THEATRE O 4.30-5.30 Keynote:

Prof Mike Cronin (Boston College Ireland), ‘'Commemorating 1916 and the absence of State Formation'

Chaired by Mary McAuliffe

Friday 28 October

Venue: UCD Humanities Institute

9.30-10.30 Panel four: St Mary’s Good Shepherd Laundry

Chair: Clara Fischer (UCD)

Jennifer O’Mahoney (WIT) and Kate McCarthy (WIT), ‘Acts of Silence at St Mary’s Good Shepherd Laundry/College Street Campus, Waterford’

11-12.30 Panel five: Precarity and Insecurity

Sara Martin-Ruiz (Zaragoza), ‘State of Homelessness: Asylum Seekers’ Literature in Ireland’

Tom Maguire (UU), ‘From tenements to castles in the air: Ireland's precarious women at home and on stage’

Vukasin Nedeljkovic (DCU), ‘Direct Provision Centres’

1.30-3 Panel six: Memories of 1916 Roundtable

Mary McAuliffe (UCD), ‘What did the women actually do anyway? Resistance, feminisation
and the 2016 commemorations’

Maeve Casserly (UCD & NLI), ‘Public History in 2016: commemorating Ireland's "foundational myths"’

Oona Frawley (Maynooth), ‘Commemorative practice and 2016

Linda Connolly (Maynooth), ‘Why are women written out of history?'

KEYNOTE VENUE: Newman Arts Building THEATRE R 3.30-4.30

Prof Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University), ‘Epi-Memory, Art and Action’ Chaired by Emilie Pine (UCD)

4.30-5.30 Roundtable: Irish Women’s Bodily Integrity NOW: Repeal and Domestic Violence

Senator Alice-Mary Higgins, Sinead Kennedy (Maynooth), Simone George & Sharon O'Halloran (Safe Ireland)


The conference is generously hosted by the UCD Humanities Institute and funded by the UCD Decade of Centenaries Programme.

The conference is part of a collaborative project between UCD and NUI Galway to mark the 20th anniversary of the closure of Ireland’s last Magdalen Laundry. The first conference was held in NUIG.

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