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CGFS has at its core an interdisciplinary vision spanning the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences with the aim of fostering and facilitating multi-disciplinary research and collaboration focused on the changing construction of gender and gender relations and theories of power, identities and sexualities. Active engagement with activists, social movements and civil society organisations and activities to effect social change will be a central principle of the new Centre. CGFS will also serve as a forum for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working in gender and sexuality studies.

Aims of the Centre

CGFS will organise events including lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and cultural events that will be open to the public as well as scholars and students. We aim to provide a vibrant, vital, inclusive space to discuss and learn about issues related to feminism, gender and sexuality, and their interrelations with issues of race, class, migration, citizenship, religioun, ethnicity, and ability/disability.

The Centre will host an Annual Conference of the Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities Studiewhich will bring together researchers, students, activists, artists, civil society organisations and policy-makers to discuss current multidisciplinary research at both national and international levels, contribute to discourses on cultural and social issues and engage in the process of achieving social change based on the principles of gender equality, cultural diversity and social justice.

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‘Thinking Gender Justice’

First Annual Conference of UCD Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities

22nd – 24th May 2018

University College Dublin, Ireland

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Go to Eventbrite to book your ticket – 40 euro for salaried, free admission for everyone else.

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Emerging feminisms and gender studies have over the last decade and more placed an increased emphasis on an understanding of social relationships, power structures and social change through the intersections of race, class, gender and sexualities. The core question now is how can feminism and gender studies continue to offer critical insights and understandings in the context of the rise of the right, new nationalisms and the growing ethnic, class, gender and religious conflicts, within and between nations-States? And how can gender studies and feminism contribute to current discourses on power (both historical and current), strategies of resistance and formations of solidarity? What kind of space do identity politics and intersectionality occupy in political action? Who gets to frame the language and the scope of debate within feminism, gender and queer studies? How are southern theories and decolonial praxis changing the academy? How does representation in popular culture, media, digital culture, literature and other forms of cultural practice and production promote or challenge forms of gender justice and injustice? What can we learn for the present and future from subjugated histories, including the histories of women’s struggles and histories of conflict and subordination between women? The aim of this conference is to reflect on these and related questions from a range of disciplinary and multidisciplinary fields, and from the perspective of those active and committed to creating the conditions for change in Ireland and globally.

This Conference is the First Annual Conference of the Centre for Gender, Feminism and Sexualities (CGFS), University College Dublin which brings together activists, artists and academics, and draws on transdisciplinary perspectives in feminism and gender studies.


Join us for an engaging evening of events to celebrate the launch of the Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities at UCD.

When: Thursday 27 April | 18:00-20:00

Where: Fitzgerald Chamber, Student’s Union Centre, University College Dublin

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The Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities invites you to an Advanced Sminar at Mason Hayes, Sutherland Building, University College Dublin, entitled:

Challenges and Opportunities: Researching the Intersections Between Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities

This seminar will be delivered by

Dr Lisa Duggan – Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies at NYU (New York University).

Dr Debbie Epstein – Professor of Cultural Studies in Education, at Roehampton University, UK.

Dr Wendy Luttrell – Professor of Urban Education and Critical Psychology at Graduate Centre, CUNY (City University of New York).

Chair: Gerardine Meaney, Professor of Cultural Studies, UCD

We look forward to seeing you there!

CGFS Directors & Committee

Ursula Barry, Co-Director

Ursula Barry is Associate Professor in social economics and gender studies in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in UCD. Ursula has wide ranging experience as a researcher and policy analyst in the area of gender equality in Ireland, the EU and globally. Ursula is currently the Irish representative on the EU Research Network on Scientific Analysis and Advice on Gender Equality (SAAGE). Ursula has published widely on the economic and social situation of women in Ireland her recent publications include Discourses on Foetal Rights and Women’s Embodiment in Abortion Papers Ireland (eds) Quilty, A., et al. Cork University Press (2015), and a chapter in Economics and Austerity in Europe – gendered impacts (eds) Bargawni, H., et al. Routledge, London (2017).

Anne Mulhall, Co-Director

Anne Mulhall is a lecturer in UCD School of English, Drama & Film, where she is the Director of MA Programmes and coordinates the Gender, Sexuality & Culture strand of the MA in Literature & Culture. She co-edited Irish Postmodernisms and Popular Culture with Wanda Balzano and Moynagh Sullivan (2007), and ‘Queering the Issue’, a special issue of the Irish University Review on Queer Irish Studies (2013). She has published extensively in queer, feminist and psychoanalytic theory, contemporary Irish writing and culture, and critical migration studies, including articles and special features in Social Text Periscope, Studies in Gender & Sexuality, Éire-Ireland, Poligrafi, Studies in the Maternal, and the Irish Review. Anne is an organising member of the grassroots activist organisation Anti-Racism Network Ireland (ARN).

Mary McAuliffe, Organising Committee

Mary McAuliffe is Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Gender Studies at UCD; specialising in Irish women’s / gender history. Mary’s early research focused on the military, political and settlement history of medieval and early modern Kerry. Through my research I became very interested in the contributions of women to Irish history, from the medieval to the modern. Her research interests include Irish women’s history, gender and war, memory and history, oral history, social and political history, public history.

Aideen Quilty, Organising Committee

Dr Aideen Quilty teaches in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice UCD and is Director of the Women and Gender Studies Community/University Outreach Programme. Aideen locates her undergraduate and graduate teaching as a form of critical civic practice. Throughout her academic career she has championed the rights of traditionally under-represented and disenfranchised groups within higher education. Between 2013-15 she was principal investigator of the European DAPHNE research project: Empowering young LGBTQ people against homophobic and transphobic violence. Her research is interdisciplinary and a key research strand has focused on developing a distinct pedagogy for community based higher education. One of the editors of the Abortion Papers, she has published on reproductive justice informed by the spatial and ideological power dynamics of our educational institutions. She is currently researching pedagogic imaginaries within adult and higher education drawing on intersecting queer, feminist and spatial theories.

Board & Advisors

Board Members

Professor Michelle Norris. Head of School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Professor Danielle Clarke, Head of School of English, Drama and Film

Dr Gerardine Meaney, Professor of Cultural Theory

Professor Margaret Kelleher, Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature

Dr Aideen Quilty, Director of Outreach, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Dr Maureen Lyons, Research Manager, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Dr Alice Feldman, Lecturer, School of Sociology

Dr Fionnuala Dillane, Lecturer, School of English, Drama and Film

Dr Mary McAuliffe, Lecturer, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Dr Michael Rush, Lecturer, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice


Advisory Committee


Dr Catherine Conlon, School of Social Policy, TCD

Professor Linda Connolly, Director, Institute of Social Sciences, Maynooth University

Dr Declan Fahie, School of Education, UCD

Dr Maggie Feeley, Independent Consultant, UCD

Dr Debbie Ging, School of Communications, Dublin City University

Dr Sinead Kennedy, MA Co-ordinator, Gender & Sexuality in Writing & Culture, Maynooth University

Dr Jorie Lagerway, Lecturer, Film Studies, UCD

Dr Tina O’ Toole, School of Culture and Communications, University of Limerick

Dr Maria Parsons, English, Media and Cultural Studies, Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Dr Niamh Reilly, Professor of Political Science and Sociology and Director of Global Women’s Studies Programme, National University of Ireland, Galway

Dr Dorota Szelewa, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD


Dr Lisa Duggan, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University, U.S.

Dr Debbie Epstein, Professor of Cultural Studies in Education, Roehampton University, U.K.

Dr Wendy Luttrell, Professor of Urban Education, Sociology, and Critical Social/Personality

Psychology Programs in CUNY (City University of New York), U.S.

Dr Diane Perrons, Professor of Economic Geography and Gender Studies at London School of Economics, U.K.

Contact Us

Ursula Barry/Dr Anne Mulhall
School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice/School of English, Drama & Film
University College Dublin
Dublin 4

E-mail or contact the co-directors:;

+ 353 1 7168405 (Ursula) or +353 1 7168370 (Anne)

UCD Centre for Gender, Feminisms & Sexualities (@UCDCGFS)