Launch of CGFS

The Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities at UCD was launched on Thursday 27 April  2017 in the Fitzgerald Chamber, University College Dublin. Professor Orla Feeley, Vice President for Research and Innovation, and Professor Colin Scott, Principal, College of Social Sciences and Law opened the launch with welcoming addresses. Dr Lisa Duggan of NYU gave a public lecture, entitled:

“Up Against “The Wall”: Intersectional Organizing Against the Global Right”

As right wing “populist” mobilizations across Europe and the Americas meet with electoral success, feminist and queer scholars and organizers are meeting the challenge of creating a fully intersectional resistance.  The global right connects economic and cultural politics, and makes appeals based on class, race, nationality, religion, gender and sexuality in a horrific stew of fear and power mongering.  Any effective resistance must make the same connections.  This lecture outlines some of the organizing that is meeting this challenge–bringing together sex workers, migrants, the targets of brutal policing and incarceration, transgender advocates, indigenous environmental activists, domestic workers and so many others.  How can we develop strategies to confront the impact of neoliberal policies and right wing nationalist attacks?  What can we learn from our failures and frustrations as we confront the next decade? This is both an intellectual and political challenge we cannot avoid.

Lisa Duggan is an activist, journalist and Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University, where she is also Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies. The lecture was chaired by Prof Ursula Barry, Co-Director of CGFS, School of Social Policy, Social Work & Social Justice.

Dr Duggan’s lecture was followed by a short documentary screening & panel discussion of:

Nothing About Us Without Us

with director Caoimhe Butterly and contributors Neltah Chadamoyo, Ellie Kisyombe, Farah Mokhtareizadeh, Thawab Shibly, Donnah Sibanda Vuma & Emily Waszak.

Nothing About Us Without Us is a series of short vignettes profiling the reflections of migrant women activists on power, process, borders and identity. Featuring organisers from the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, the Anti-Racism Network and Refugee and Migrant Solidarity Ireland, the interviews platform self-organisation, collective empowerment and dissent. The screening will be followed by a roundtable discussion with the director and migrant women activists featured in the documentary. The screening was chaired by Dr Anne Mulhall, Co-Director of CGFS, School of English, Film and Drama.