[EFACIS] Call for Papers

Call for Papers for Proposed Panel

The European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS) conference,


‘Towards 2016: Old and New Irelands’ – June 5-8, 2013 – National University of Ireland, Galway.


Panel Subject: Revisiting women’s rights and gender equality

The 1916 Proclamation, Poblacht na hÉireann, guaranteed equal rights to all citizens, thereby inviting to consider the Irish people in its wholeness and abolishing all form of discrimination, including gender discrimination. The 1922 Constitution operated a shift from unconditional equality to constitutional equality and reaffirmed the principles of the 1916. Unfortunately, the gendered legislation implemented in the 1920s and 1930s put an end to all aspirations of equality for Irish women. The 1937 Constitution formally and officially relegated women to their exclusive roles and mothers and wives. The current debate over the abortion issue, the long road to divorce and the women’s movement of the 1970s all testify to the ongoing crisis in terms of women’s rights and gender equality. This panel proposes to explore and analyse the debates, fights, activism and discourses over the issue of women’s rights in Ireland over a century.

Please send a 250-word abstract with a brief biographical note to Dr Nathalie Sebbane (Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle) at Nathalie.sebbane@univ-paris3.fr by 1st February 2013.

NB: Only paid-up members of EFACIS are eligible to read papers at this conference. Membership subscriptions for EFACIS may be taken out or renewed with conference registration. Membership of EFACIS is €30 for individuals, €15 for graduate/postgraduate students and membership through institutional affiliation (institutes and research centres). To join EFACIS beforehand, please contact the EFACIS Treasurer, Mark Schreiber, schreiber@anglistik.uni-siegen.de EFACIS 2013 conferences delegates may respond to the general conference call or calls for specific panels but may only present one paper at the conference.


Further information on the EFACIS 2013 conference available at www.conference.ie

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