CFP: [General] Remarkable Irish Women: Radicals, Republicans and Writers

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Johanna Church
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The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University
is pleased to announce that it will be holding an international and
inter-disciplinary conference on JUNE 19-20 2009

Remarkable Irish Women:
Radicals, Republicans and Writers…

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Maria Luddy, Warwick University, UK
Dr. Jason Knirck, Washington State University, USA
Professor Christine Kinealy, Drew University, USA

>From St Brigid in the 5th century, to the Presidency of Mary McAleese in
the 21st century, the role of women in the development of Ireland has been
significant, if frequently overlooked. Women â€" as pirates, poets or
patriots â€" or simply sisters and wives â€" have played a pivotal role in the
development of Ireland. Moreover, the large number of Irish women who left
Ireland in the 19th and 20th centuries meant that their influence spread
far beyond the island of Ireland. The remarkable contribution of women in
the struggle for Ireland’s independence was recognized in the 1916
Proclamation which was addressed to Irish men and women equally.
Ironically, the 1937 Constitution sought to assert the primary role of
women as wives and mothers.

This conference will reassess the contribution of Irish women, both in
Ireland and overseas, to the making of modern Ireland. It will be held at
Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, USA.

Suggested strands include: Gender Studies; Varieties of Feminism; Women and
Science; Women and the Diaspora; Women and the ‘Troubles’; Representations
of Women; Women in Business; Women and the Arts/Literature; Women and
Religion; Women and Religion; Women in Politics; Women in Education; Women
and Sexuality…

If you are interested in presenting at this conference, either individually
or as part of a panel, please submit proposals, no more than 750 words, to:

Johanna Church
Deadline February 15 2009

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