CFP: Irish Feminist Futures (grad) (Ireland) (4/28/06; 5/27/06)

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Susan Cahill
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Irish Feminist Futures Postgraduate Conference
27th May 2006
University College Cork
Deadline for Abstracts: 28th April 2006
Contact: <> and <>

Who will shape the future of Irish women's studies? What possibilities does
this future hold?

This one-day conference, organised jointly by the Irish Postgraduate Network
of Women's and Gender Studies and the Board of Women's Studies in University
College Cork, seeks to foreground the issue of Irish feminist futurity and
to consider what is at stake in feminist transformation and change. We hope
to explore the issues that emerge when one considers the academic
institutionalisation of Irish Women's and Gender Studies in recent years.

In what ways are the established paradigms of Irish feminist critical work
being engaged with and transformed by new scholarship and how vital are such
dialogues for the futurity of Irish feminism? How is the changing face of
Irish society and culture compelling us to rethink feminist thought
intersectionally, as inflected by axes of gender, race, class, ethnicity and
sexuality? How can we theorise the future in a non-prescriptive way so as to
allow emerging voices to be heard? What are the implications of
transnationality for Irish feminism and what possibilities do dialogues
between Ireland and Europe hold?

The conference hopes to explore these ideas in an interdisciplinary context
through a range of subject areas such as literature, social science, film
studies, political science, philosophy, psychology, history and law.

Abstracts for papers from across the spectrum of the humanities and social
sciences are being called for, which address, but need not be limited to,
the following topics:

* Incorporating Feminist Theory and Practice
* Globalisation
* Immigration
* Memory
* Issues of Embodiment
* Sexualities
* Nomadic Concepts
* Technology
* Intersectionality
* Popular Representations of Feminism
* Celtic Tiger Ireland and Consumerism

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words plus brief biographical details to <> and <> by 28th April 2006.
Deadline for conference registration, whether presenting a paper or
attending, is 22nd May 2006. Deadline for conference registration, whether
presenting a paper or attending, is 22nd May 2006 (see form below).

Irish Postgraduate Gender and Women's Studies Network (IPGWN)
Women's Studies academic centres throughout Ireland co-operatively work to
establish interaction in this multidisciplinary field. However, such
networking is absent at a postgraduate level and important dialogues
concerning Irish feminist futures are being lost. The IPGWN is an initiative
which aims to create connections and facilitate exchange among gender
studies students in Ireland. Following the 1st Irish Postgraduate Women's
Studies Conference held in University College Cork, May 2005, Claire Bracken
and Susan Cahill (UCD School of English and Drama PhD candidates) compiled a
network list of all participants so as to facilitate communication between
members. A website is currently under construction.

Registration Form

Irish Postgraduate Gender and Women's Studies Network (IPGWN)
Facilitated by the Board of Women's Studies UCC

Irish Feminist Futures Postgraduate Conference
27th May 2006

Room 156 – the O'Rahilly Building – University College Cork

Please forward the registration form to: to
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Or post to: Dr Sandra McAvoy, Women's Studies, c/o The History Department,
University College Cork.

Conference Registration Form

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