New Voices in Women’s History

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new voices in women's historySaturday 17 February from 10am to 2.30pm at Dublin City Library and Archive

2018 sees the centenary of a critical moment in Irish history when women secured the vote. ‘New Voices in Women’s History’ commemorates this event by highlighting historical research being carried out by a new generation of dynamic scholars. The seminar will be launched by Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha and Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes.

This seminar will coincide with the ‘Suffragist City: Women and the Vote in Dublin’ exhibition.

10.00am    Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian and opening address by Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Mícheál Mac Donncha.

Session 1:  10.10 – 11.40

Moderator: Enda Leaney, Dublin City Public Libraries

Private realms, public spaces: Literary salons in eighteenth-century Ireland. Amy Prendergast
Amy Prendergast is Teaching Fellow in eighteenth-century writing in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses on literary history of the long eighteenth century, women's writing in Ireland at this time, life writing, and Franco-Irish connections.

Women in Pawnbroking 1850-1922. Antonia Hart
Antonia Hart is a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin and an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Scholar 2016-2019.

Military Service (1916-1923) medals and Irish female veterans from counties Louth, Armagh and Down, 1923-1980. Ailbhe Rogers
Ailbhe Rogers is currently working on her doctorate thesis in Maynooth University entitled, ‘Irish revolutionary women in counties Louth, Armagh and Down, 1900-1924’.

Women of the Country House in Ireland, 1860-1914. Maeve O’Riordan
Maeve O’Riordan works at the Irish Research Council and has written widely on women of the country house, or the Big House as it is often known.

11.40 – 12.00 Coffee break

Session 2:  12.00 – 1.10pm

Moderator: Tara Doyle, Dublin City Public Libraries

Bishop Stock’s Children: Love and the Marriage Settlement. Olivia Martin
Olivia Martin is a third year PhD student at NUIG, funded by the Galway Doctoral Research Scholarship Scheme researching the thesis ‘Family life in the lesser spotted gentry, Connaught: 1750-1914’.  

“I did not want to hear anything about the Homes in Ireland":  A case study of 'Annie' an Irish unmarried mother in Birmingham, 1935. Lorraine Grimes
Lorraine Grimes is completing a PhD in history in NUIG entitled, ‘Migration and Assistance: Irish Unmarried Mothers in Britain, 1926-1967’.

Wife to widow: how aristocratic women in Georgian Ireland negotiated to retain their domestic possessions. Ruth Thorpe
Ruth Thorpe recently completed an AHRC-funded PhD at Queen’s University Belfast examining ‘Elite women and material culture in Ireland, 1760-1830’.

Session 3:   13.20 – 14.30

Moderator:  Enda Leaney, Dublin City Public Libraries

A Missing Materiality; the visual and material culture of the Irish Women's Suffrage Movement, 1908-1918. Donna Gilligan
Donna Gilligan is an Irish museum archaeologist, material culture historian and heritage educator currently working as Education Officer in the National Print Museum.  

‘”What I know of Buttler’s story is this…”: Building rapport in the letters of Lady Ranelagh. Evan Bourke
Evan Bourke is a final year PhD researcher affiliated with the RECIRC project at NUI Galway. His doctoral project is entitled ‘Godly Sybilla, Erudite Wives and Burdensome Sisters: The Formation and Representation of Women's Reputations within the Hartlib Circle 1641-1661’. 

‘Dressed as a gentlewoman’: fashion for girls at Irish boarding schools, 1800-1860. Mary Hatfield
Mary Hatfield is the Irish Government Senior Scholar at Hertford College, University of Oxford. She recently completed her PhD, 'Growing up in Ireland: constructions of gender and childhood 1800-1860', at Trinity College Dublin as an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar.


Location: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street

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