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Working for the Home: Past and Present

Friday, 15 February 2019, 9:30am – 7:30pm

Working for the Home: Past and Present

A conference organised by the Department of History at Trinity College Dublin in conjunction with Rutgers University.

The proposed replacement of Article 41.2 has offered campaigners, academics and policy groups the opportunity to raise wider concerns about the responsibilities and status of care work. Working for the Home: Past and Present will explore issues around household labour over the course of a one-day public conference at the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, providing expert context to discussions about the clause. Panellists drawn from a range of sectors will discuss the historic and contemporary value of housework, as well as the social impact of campaigns for women’s rights, and the challenges facing domestic workers in the modern day.

Introduction 9.30am-10am
Senator Ivana Bacik

Women in the home: historical perspectives 10am-11.30am
Anne Dolan, Associate Professor in Modern Irish History, Trinity College Dublin
Andrew Urban, Associate Professor of American Studies and History, Rutgers University
Jennifer Redmond, Lecturer in Twentieth Century Irish History, NUI Maynooth
Maeve O’Riordan, Lecturer in Women's and Cultural History, University College Cork
Sarah O’Brien, Assistant Professor, School of Linguistics, Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College Dublin

Women unite: social change in the Irish Free State 12pm-1.30pm
Sarah-Anne Buckley, Lecturer in History, NUI Galway
Linda Connolly, Professor of Sociology, NUI Maynooth
Caitríona Beaumont, Associate Professor in Social History, London South Bank University
Ciara Meehan, Head of History, University of Hertfordshire
Mary McAuliffe, Assistant Professor in Gender Studies, University College Dublin

Domestic labour in Ireland today 2.15pm-3.45pm
Edel McGinley, Director, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland
Allison Metcalfe, founder of HCA & Carers Ireland
Jennifer McCarthy Flynn, Head of Policy, National Women's Council of Ireland
Kitty Holland, Social Affairs Correspondent, The Irish Times
Máiréad Hayes, CEO, Irish Senior Citizens' Parliament

Rethinking housework: a way forward 4pm-5.30pm
Maggie Ronayne, Lecturer, NUI Galway, and member of Global Women's Strike
Michael Rush, Lecturer, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin
Sam Weinstein, US trade unionist and activist
Lucy Delap, Reader in Modern British and Gender History, University of Cambridge
Pablo Gracia, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin

Closing remarks 5.30pm-6.15pm
Selma James, founder of the International Wages for Housework Campaign, joint coordinator of the Global Women's Strike
Kathleen Lynch, Professor of Equality Studies, University College Dublin

Working for the Home: Past and Present is supported by Rutgers University, New Brunswick, together with the Department of History and the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin.

Register here.

Campus LocationTrinity Hall
Accessibility: All levels
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Making Ireland
Event Category: Alumni, Conferences, Lectures and Seminars, Public, Student events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is required)
Contact Name: Catherine Healy

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