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News and information about other events in the field of late nineteenth-century/early twentieth-century Irish women’s writing.

FemFestMIC 2019


We are hosting a seminar in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on February 8th, 2019 as part of the FemFest on campus. The day long event features readings and keynotes from Martina Devlin, Donna Gilligan and Lizzie Nunnery.

You can download the full seminar programme here..

Follow the hashtag on twitter #FemFestMIC for more details of the events in MIC Limerick.



Modernism in the home

The conference is set to be held on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at the University of Birmingham in collaboration with the Centre for Modernist Cultures. Studies of modernism and the home are wide-ranging; this international conference will reflect the broad scope of research, fostering interdisciplinary dialogue between literary, arts and cultural sectors. The conference invites scholars to interrogate the historical, theoretical and thematic intersections occurring in the domestic sphere in the early twentieth century. Panellists are invited to reconsider and discuss the aesthetic, social, political, technological, artistic, scientific, cultural and textual relationship between modernism and the home, in a global context.

For the full CFP (Due by Friday Dec 14th) click here.



Call for Papers

Irish Women’s Writing at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: Alternative Histories,
New Narratives
Co-editors: Kathryn Laing and Sinéad Mooney
This will be one of the first publications to inaugurate a new major Irish Studies Series:
EER Publishers Studies in Irish Literature, Cinema and Culture
General Editor: Pilar Villar Argáiz

The aim of this essay collection is to capitalise on new research and innovative scholarship on Irish women’s writing at the fin de siècle and into the early twentieth century. An array of recent conferences and publications have highlighted the riches of this interdisciplinary and international field in which a diverse range of hitherto neglected Irish women writers have been recovered, their lives, works, networks and other contexts illuminated. The aim is to foreground current scholarship that at once develops existing strands of enquiry further and that also introduces new avenues for exploration. As well as ‘acts of recovery’, we also seek new engagements specifically in relation to Irish women’s cultural economies, particularly literary networks, access to literary production and publication, the long nineteenth century and emergent modernist aesthetics.

For full details download the CFP here.


Forthcoming Conferences and CFPs – 2018

Call for papers: Gender, Sexuality, and Citizenship: Day Workshop for Postgraduates and Early Career Scholars at the University of Limerick, 21st February 2018

Professor Jack Halberstam (Columbia University) will deliver a public lecture at the University of Limerick on 21st February, 2018. Professor Halberstam will address issues arising in the research for his current book, Trans* A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability (2018). In conjunction with this event, the University of Limerick Gender ARC will host a day workshop for postgraduate and early career scholars working in the field of Gender & Sexuality studies in / relating to Ireland.

Workshop format

The workshop aims to bring together a community of scholars working at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and citizenship in the fields of Irish studies (including migration and transnational scholarship). Selected postgraduates and early career scholars will be invited to submit a short paper in advance of the workshop, present their research on the day, get responses to their work and, where relevant, teaching practice from senior scholars and peers in the field. The workshop offers scholars an expansive theoretical moment for collaboration and exchange on research topics involving gender and sexuality studies across disciplines and cultures in and/or relating to Ireland. Our panel of respondents include Professor Patricia Coughlan (UCC), Dr Denis Flannery (Leeds), Dr Charlotte McIvor (NUIG), Professor Gerardine Meaney (UCD), Dr Maureen O’Connor (UCC) and Dr Anne Mulhall (UCD), along with faculty members from UL’s Gender ARC.

Call for papers

Postgraduate and early career scholars who wish to apply for a place in the workshop should send an abstract (300 words) outlining your proposed paper (this may derive from an existing thesis chapter or journal article / book chapter in-progress) to the Gender ARC Project Co-Ordinator, Dr Margaret O’Neill: Abstracts should be accompanied by a short email (no more than 200 words) explaining how your project will benefit from this workshop; please attach your full name and university affiliation to this. The deadline for applications is 15th January 2018 at 5pm. Successful applicants will be notified quite soon after that date and full papers (2500-3000 words) will fall due on 31st January at 5pm so that we may send material to respondents.


Thanks to funding support from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Science Teaching & Learning Board and the National Forum for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, we can provide travel funding within Ireland for postgraduates / early career scholars whose papers are accepted. Light refreshments will be provided on the day (thanks to funding from the School of Culture & Communication and the School of Education).

Guideline for applications

Application for a place in the workshop is open to all postgraduate and early career scholars. The workshop is multidisciplinary but is aimed at scholars working in the following disciplines:

  • Literary and cultural studies
  • Education
  • Sociology

Research projects with a clear basis in Gender and Sexuality studies relating to Ireland and/or Irish migration/transnational studies will be the focus of our exchanges.Given Halberstam’s ground-breaking work in the field of queer theory, thesis research in or relating to that area will be prioritised during the selection process. For further information, please contact

*Led by Dr Tina O’Toole (School of Culture and Communication), organisers include Dr Breda Gray (Department of Sociology) Mx Alena Kiel (School of Culture and Communication), Dr Aoife Neary (School of Education), and Dr Margaret O’Neill (Gender ARC).



Call for Papers for Transitions: Bridging the Victorian-Modernist Divide. The conference is set to be held on 9th and 10th of April 2018 at the University of Birmingham.
The CFP closes December 18th 2017. Decisions will be made in early January.


Women Writing Decadence, 1880-1920

7-8 July 2018
University of Oxford

Please email 300-word abstracts to by 10 January 2018.


Female suffrage in British art, literature and history

deadline for submissions: December 20, 2017
University of Toulouse, France
contact email:
“Female suffrage in British Art, Literature and History”

A conference organized by Catherine Delyfer and Catherine Puzzo (Univ. Toulouse, CAS, JDG)


The 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies University

Environments of Irish Studies

College Cork, Ireland
18th – 22nd June 2018


Submit abstracts for consideration by 15th Jan 2018 to


IASIL 2018 – Reimagining Traditions

23-27 July 2018
Radboud University Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Deadline for submission: 31 January 2018.

Past Events

The “Irish Women Playwrights and Theatremakers” Conference

8-10 June 2017, Room T.1.01 at Mary Immaculate College, UL

When the Abbey Theatre announced its 1916 centenary “Waking the Nation” programme, Irish theatre fans and practitioners were rightly outraged that only one of the ten plays being produced was written by a woman. The outcry over that gender-imbalanced programme led numerous Irish women to take to social media and vent their justified anger. The “Waking the Feminists” (WTF) initiative was born, and this important grassroots movement has done much to highlight the prejudice regularly endured by women working in Irish theatre.

Taking inspiration from WTF and earlier interventions such as “There Are No Irish Women Playwrights!”, scholars based at Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College have decided to mount a conference on 8-10 June 2017 which will highlight the vital, frequently overlooked contributions that women have made to Irish theatrical life from the eighteenth century to the present. The plenary speakers include Co. Clare playwright Ursula Rani Sarma, as well as three highly-regarded academics who have worked in this field for many years: Dr. Cathy Leeney (UCD), Dr. Melissa Sihra (TCD), and Dr. Maria Kurdi (University of Pécs).

The topics that the plenaries and panel speakers have proposed to cover include important Irish playwrights (e.g., Davys, Griffith, Sheridan, Edgeworth, Balfour, Milligan, Gregory, Gore-Booth, Deevy, Manning, ní Ghráda, Reid, Devlin, Carr, Conroy, and numerous others), as well leading directors, scenographers, and contemporary devisers. Irish-language Drama, Theatre for Young Audiences, and the intersection between feminist politics and Irish theatre will also be probed.

In addition to the keynotes and papers, the conference will include rehearsed readings of plays by two Irish women playwrights: one historical (Teresa Deevy) and one contemporary (Dramatist TBC). There will also be a roundtable discussion involving women theatremakers from across the island; this will highlight the challenges facing (and the exciting developments involving) women working in Irish theatre today.

To register for this conference, please email Dr. David Clare ( For additional information regarding the conference, please write to Aideen Wylde (, Dr. Fiona McDonagh (, or Dr. Clare. The full conference fee is €40 (€20 for students and the unwaged).

Irish Women Playwrights and Theatremakers PROVISIONAL SCHEDULE


Who are the Missing Women on Wikipedia?

At NUI Galway, and supported by the Wikimedia Community Ireland, an editathon is taking place during the week of International Women’s Day, in March 2017. The aim is to add overlooked women and women’s work to Wikipedia.

For more details on this excellent project click here:


WHAI Annual Conference: Gender and Class in Ireland, 21-22 April 2017, National University of Ireland, Galway

WHAI Annual Conference 2017

SSNCI conference – Irish College, Leuven, Belgium, 29-30 June

Figures of Authority in 19th-Century Ireland


From the 4th to the 6th of May 2017, the KU Leuven department of Literary Studies, research group MDRN and the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies will host the third annual conference of the European Network for Short Fiction Research (ENSFR). 

Short Fiction: Co-texts and Contexts – Le Récit Bref: Co-textes et Contexts.

Women on Ireland Research Network Annual Conference: Women and Irishness
Waterford Institute of Technology
1st & 2nd of June 2017



Women’s History in the Digital World will be held July 6-7, 2017 at Maynooth University (Ireland). Call for papers is open.

Submissions by Tuesday, 28 February, 2017

XVI International Conference of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies (AEDEI)

“Fe/male Challenges in Irish Studies from the 19th to the 21st Centuries”

University of La Rioja (Spain), 25-27 May, 2017

Deadline: 28 February 2017

IASIL2017 NTU-Singapore 24-28 July, 2017

Ireland’s Writers in the 21st Century

Deadline: March 15th

Single Lives: 200 Years of Independent Women in Literature and Popular Culture (University College Dublin, Oct-2017)

Deadline: April 1st

Life writing by women in the 1800s and 1900s: archives, critiques and methods
29 November -1 December 2017 Warsaw, Poland

Deadline: April 30th

George Egerton and the fin de siècle

A two-day conference organised by the Cultural Currents (1870-1930) Research Group at Loughborough University, 7-8 April, 2017


Recent Publications

E. Œ. Somerville and Martin Ross: Female Authorship and Literary Collaboration
Anne Jamison

Irish women’s writing, 1878–1922: Advancing the cause of liberty

Edited by Anna Pilz and Whitney Standlee

Irish women writers entered the British and international publishing scene in unprecedented numbers in the period between 1878 and 1922. This collection of new essays by leading scholars explores how women writers including Emily Lawless, L. T. Meade, Katharine Tynan, Lady Gregory, Rosa Mulholland, Ella Young and Beatrice Grimshaw used their work to advance their own private and public political concerns through astute manoeuvrings both in the expanding publishing industry and against the partisan expectations of an ever-growing readership.

For more information click here.

Women Writing War

Edited by Tina O’Toole, Gillian McIntosh and Muireann O’Cinnéide


Calls for Contributors

Victorian Popular Fiction Association

Call for Contributors: Fashion and Material Culture in Victorian Fiction and Periodicals

Fashion and Material Culture in Victorian Fiction and Periodicals
Edited Collection: Call for Contributors
Abstracts Due: 31st July 2016
Click here for more.


Gender ARC (Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society) is a research network linking more than fifty academics at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the University of Limerick who are engaged in gender-focused research across diverse disciplines including: Business, Economics, Education, Film Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geography, History, Health Sciences, Irish Studies, Languages, Law, Literature, Nursing and Midwifery, Politics and Sociology.


Revolutionary Genders
Sibéal Feminist and Gender Studies Network Annual Conference

November 18 & 19 NUI Galway

For more or click here.


Key Popular Women Writers

This innovative new series will deliver original and transformative feminist research into the work of leading women writers who were widely read in their time, but who have been under-represented in the canon.

For more click here.


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