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Book Launch: Irish Feminisms, Past Present and Future

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Tuesday 16th December 2014, 6pm

You are invited to the launch of Irish Feminisms, Past, Present and Future by Clara Fischer and Mary McAuliffe (eds.), a collection of essays spanning over 100 years of feminist practice and thought in Ireland. The book includes contributions from activists, academics, public representatives, NGO practitioners, and students.

It will be launched by poet and writer, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, at Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, at 6pm on Tuesday, 16th December.

Discounted copies of the book will be available on the night, as will drinks.

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Irish Feminisms

Past, Present and Future is a collection of multi-disciplinary essays from leading academics and activists that interrogates the various waves of Irish feminist activism over the last one hundred years. Emanating from a conference held in 2012, this collection offers snapshots of the many feminist issues, ideas and campaigns that have invigorated, enlivened and challenged Irish society since the early twentieth century. From the first wave suffrage women who fought for an Ireland in which women were to be full and equal citizens, to the third and even fourth wave feminists who campaign for full reproductive rights, this collection provides insightful analyses, from the centre and the margins, of the various feminist battles and backlashes modern Irish society has experienced. This book is essential reading for all those interested in Irish feminist identities, histories, and activism. It includes contributions by the editors, Clara Fischer and Mary McAuliffe, as well as by Margaret Ward, Grainne Healy, Ivana Bacik, Anthea McTeirnan, Ailbhe Smyth, Salome Mbugua, Susan McKay, Claire McGing, Kellie Turtle, and Leslie Sherlock.


Catherine Phil MacCarthy

Catherine Phil MacCarthy’s most recent collection The Invisible Threshold was published by Dedalus Press Dublin in 2012 and shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award in 2013. She is the recipient of the Lawrence O Shaughnessy Award in Poetry 2014 from the University of St. Thomas, St Paul, Minnesota. Her collections include This House of the Tide (Salmon, 1994); the blue globe (1998), Suntrap (2007), with Blackstaff Press, and One Room an Everywhere, a novel, (2003). She won the Fish International Poetry Prize in 2010, and the Dromineer Poetry Prize in 2012. She was awarded an artist’s residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris for Spring 2013 and is a former editor of Poetry Ireland Review.


Clara Fischer

Clara Fischer is a Newton International Fellow at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, and a UCD Women’s Studies Research Associate. She is a former co-ordinator of the Irish Feminist Network, and has worked as a researcher in the NGO sector and in the Oireachtas. Her monograph, Gendered Readings of Change: A Feminist-Pragmatist Approach, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in February 2014.


Mary McAuliffe

Mary McAuliffe holds a PhD in History from TCD and lectures on the Women’s Studies programmes at UCD. Her latest publication was a re-issue, with new introduction, of the mid-19th century travelogue by Frances Taylor, Irish Homes and Irish Hearts (UCD Press Classics Series, 2013). She is past President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland (2011-2014) and a committee member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians.