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National Independence and Women’s Suffrage in Poland and Ireland

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 2 – 7pm

National Independence and Women’s Suffrage in Poland and Ireland

In 2018, we celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage in Ireland and Poland. We also commemorate the regaining of independence of Poland and the first general election to be held after the Representation of the People Act 1918 in Ireland.  Women’s suffrage is an achievement enhanced by the regaining of national self-determination in Poland and Ireland alike. Giving women agency in public life was part of the reform introduced by the first independent Polish government. In Ireland the suffragist movement played a pivotal role in the process of granting voting rights to women over the age of 30 in 1918. How were the issues of women’s rights formulated and enacted in the two countries? In what ways did the fight for national independence shape women’s history in Ireland and Poland in the early twentieth century and beyond? How were theoretical concepts regarding gender equality put in practice and how has the political empowerment of women impacted Polish and Irish society?

The aim of the conference is to commemorate and critically reflect on 100 years of suffrage and national independence in Poland and Ireland. The conference is co-hosted by the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at Trinity College Dublin and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. It brings together world-leading scholars from the fields of history, politics, gender studies, and art history. The papers span a fascinating range of topics, from the history of the suffragist movement and contexts determining the granting of voting rights to women, through socio-political considerations and gender politics, to the visual and material culture of women’s movements. The conference is open to scholars, students, and the wider public.

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Welcome and opening remarks

14:10-15:30: Panel 1
Women’s rights: theories and practices
Chair: Dr hab. Galia Chimiak
Dr hab. Magdalena Gawin (Polish Academy of Sciences), Main currents in the Polish suffragists’ movement (1864-1918)
Prof. Louise Ryan (University of Sheffield), Situating suffrage: Understanding the suffrage campaign in socio-political contexts

15:30-16:00: Coffee break

16.00-17.30: Panel 2

The politics of suffrage
Chair: Dr Aneta Stępień (TCD)
Dr Dobrochna Kałwa (University of Warsaw), Paths to citizenship: Ideas and strategies of women’s movement in Poland in the beginning of the 20th century
Dr Bożena Cierlik (University College Cork), Ignacy Daszynski. Women in Polish constitutions and politics 1918-39
Donna Gilligan (National Print Museum), A missing materiality: The visual and material culture of the Irish women’s suffrage movement, 1908–1918

17:30-17.45: Coffee break

17.45-18.45: Panel 3 

Transnational trends and national manifestations
Chair: Dr Joanna Rzepa (TCD)
Dr Róisín Healy (NUI Galway), A woman’s cause? Western European women’s mobilisation for Poland in the late partition and independence eras
Dr Aneta Stępien (TCD), Polish fight for suffrage and its echoes in Ireland: The case of militant suffragism

19.00: Closing remarks

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Identities in Transformation
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Classes, Conferences, Courses, Lectures and Seminars, Public, Workshops and Training
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is essential)

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