CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: 27th & 28th October, UCD.

Thursday 27 October

 Venue: UCD Humanities Institute

9.30am Registration

10-11.30 Panel one: Theatre

Chair: Miriam Haughton (NUIG)

Dayna Killian (WIT), ‘Questioning the filters and factors of decision making in Irish theatre programming in relation to the work of Teresa Deevy’

Patricia O’Beirne (NUIG), ‘Sisters in Arms: Feminist Theatre in 1980s Ireland’

Alinne Fernandes (UFSC), ‘Patricia Brogan’s Eclipsed in Brazil: Resonances and Reflections’

12-1.30 Panel two: Magdalenes & memory

Chair: Ciara L Murphy (NUIG)

Audrey Rousseau (Ottowa), ‘Witnessing: Testimonial knowledge as ongoing memory transmission’

Nathalie Sebbane (Sorbonne), ‘Un-remembered in life and death: funeral and burial practices In Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries’

Lucy Simpson (Liverpool), ‘A Document of Truth?’: Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries & the McAleese Report’

Domino Torres (MSMU), ‘Magdalene Asylums Across Borders: The American West, Reimagining Iconography and the Role of Irish, Mexican and Chicana Artists’


 2.30-4 Panel three: Literary responses

Chair: Margaret Kelleher (UCD)

Anne Fogarty (UCD), ‘“The roughed up tail of a Petticoat”: Feminist Re-Readings of the Rising in Mary Morrissy’s The Rising of Bella Casey and Lia Mills’s Fallen’

Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos (UFSC), ‘A Case Study in Irish-Brazilian Intercultural Theatre: Cia Ludens’ As Duas Mortes de Roger Casement / The Two Deaths of Roger Casement’

Sarah O’Toole (NUIG), ‘Waking the Foremothers: #wakingthefeminists, Field Day and performing the intermedial counter-canon’

Ekaterina Mavlikaeva, ‘Home as a Space of Resistance in Rings by Rosaleen McDonagh’


4.30-5.30 Keynote

Prof Mike Cronin (Boston College Ireland), ‘’Commemorating 1916 and the absence of State Formation’

Friday 28 October

Venue: UCD Humanities Institute

9.30-10.30 Panel four: St Mary’s Good Shepherd Laundry

Chair: Clara Fischer (UCD)

Jennifer O’Mahoney (WIT) and Kate McCarthy (WIT), ‘Acts of Silence at St Mary’s Good Shepherd Laundry/College Street Campus, Waterford’

11-12.30 Panel five: Precarity and Insecurity

Sara Martin-Ruiz, ‘State of Homelessness: Asylum Seekers’ Literature in Ireland’

Tom Maguire (UU), ‘From tenements to castles in the air: Ireland’s precarious women at home and on stage’ Vukasin Nedeljkovic (DCU), ‘Direct Provision Centres’


1.30-3 Panel six: Memories of 1916 Roundtable

Mary McAuliffe (UCD), Maeve Casserly (UCD & NLI), Oona Frawley (NUIM) & Linda Connolly (NUIM)


3.30-4.30 Keynote:

Prof Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University), ‘Epi-Memory, Art and Action’ Chaired by Emilie Pine (UCD)

4.30-5.30 Roundtable: Irish Women’s Bodily Integrity NOW: Repeal and Domestic Violence

Senator Alice-Mary Higgins, Sinead Kennedy (NUIM), Simone George (Safe Ireland)

REGISTER: Register for this event via Eventbrite: Free for students/unwaged; €10 for waged, payable on the door.

The conference is generously hosted by the UCD Humanities Institute and funded by the UCD Decade of Centenaries Programme. The conference is part of a collaborative project between UCD and NUI Galway to mark the 20th anniversary of the closure of Ireland’s last Magdalen Laundry. The first conference was held in NUIG.


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