EVENT: Decriminalisation at 30 Conference

A Conference on the 30th Anniversary

of the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality in Ireland

8 June, Trinity Long Room Hub

Reflecting on the 30th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in the Republic of Ireland, this one-day conference will present a range of perspectives from various disciplines and contexts, including contributions by scholars and activists, as well as writers and artists.

9.15 – Opening Remarks

9.30 – History and the Archive

Orla Egan, Cork LGBT Archive , ‘Decades of Activism prior to Decriminalization’

Han Tiernan, GCN Magazine

Mary McAuliffe, UCD , ‘Gender and the LGBTI+ Archive: Researching Queer Femininities’

11.30 – Rights, Justice and the Law

Ivana Bacik, TCD , ‘Legal History of LGBT rights activism in Ireland’

Kieran Rose, LGBT Rights Campaigner, ‘Remarkable Journey: from Gay Law Reform to Equality legislation, Civil Partnership and Civil Marriage and full Constitutional equality’

Amanullah de Sondy, UCC , ‘Sexual and Gender Liberation in Pakistan: An Inside or Outside Issue?’

14.00 – Media and Representation

Seán Kissane, IMMA , ‘Art in the Closet: The Emergence of Queer Subjectivities in Irish Visual Art’

Páraic Kerrigan, UCD, #A Battleground for Social Change? Decriminalization, Media Visibility and Irish Queer Media Activism’

Anne Mulhall, UCD , ‘Coming Out and Staying In’

16.00 – Writers Roundtable (in partnership with Poetry Ireland)

Mary Dorcey

Diarmuid Hester

Will Keohane

Gail McConnell

There are a limited number of in-person tickets available. The event is also going to be live streamed by GCN. To receive details of the live streaming, please sign up for online admission. Tickets can be booked here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/decriminalization-at-30-tickets-629255850187.

Organised by the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, with support from the Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund and Poetry Ireland.