Women’s Studies in University College Cork will host a conference on

Irish Feminist Activism and the Arts


on Saturday 15th June.


(Venue will be Room G06 in the Brookfield Health Sciences Complex,
College Road, Cork.)



We want to look at the radical and creative ways in which first and second wave feminists used the arts

and at how they are currently used in ways
that raise consciousness of issues, provide information in accessible and entertaining forms, challenge patriarchy, highlight the need for legal change, and
provide platforms for groups and individuals to contribute to feminist debates.

We would like the conference programme to include a mix of academic papers,
visual presentations and feminist performance.



We welcome proposals for papers and short performances (up to 20 minutes each).

We are interested in all areas of the arts including (but without the
list being confined to):

  • Irish feminist publishing and writing for any medium (print, radio, TV and others), including poetry and plays;
  • performance, including theatre, street performance and story-telling;
  • music and song;
  • visual representation including film and other representational arts;
  • feminist activism and the newer media, including blogs, Twitter, and inventive/radical ways of using the internet.
  • Those proposing performances are asked to keep in mind that the venue will be a large lecture theatre with the constraints that may impose.

Proposals should be sent to Dr Sandra McAvoy at sandra.mcavoy@ucc.ie (or at Women’s Studies, c/o the History Department, University
College Cork) by Friday 10th May 2013.


Selection process

The subject is one to which we could devote several days. As we will only have one day this time, there will be a selection process for


It may be possible to return to this theme at a future date if we have a sense that there is lots of material out there for which we could provide a
further platform.