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Decriminalization at 30

Thursday, 8 June 2023, 9am – 6pm

Decriminalization at 30

A hybrid conference on the 30th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Ireland, organised by the School of English.

Reflecting on the 30th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in the Republic of Ireland, this one-day conference will present a range of perspectives from various disciplines and contexts, including contributions by scholars and activists, as well as writers and artists.

9.15 - Opening Remarks
9.30 - History and the Archive
Orla Egan, Cork LGBT Archive , ‘Decades of Activism prior to Decriminalization’
Han Tiernan, GCN Magazine
Mary McAuliffe, UCD , 'Gender and the LGBTI+ Archive: Researching Queer Femininities’
11.30 - Rights, Justice and the Law
Ivana Bacik, TCD , ‘Legal History of LGBT rights activism in Ireland’
Kieran Rose, LGBT Rights Campaigner, ‘Remarkable Journey: from Gay Law Reform to Equality legislation, Civil Partnership and Civil Marriage and full Constitutional equality’
Amanullah de Sondy, UCC , ‘Sexual and Gender Liberation in Pakistan: An Inside or Outside Issue?'
14.00 – Media and Representation
Seán Kissane, IMMA , ‘Art in the Closet: The Emergence of Queer Subjectivities in Irish Visual Art’
Páraic Kerrigan, UCD, #A Battleground for Social Change? Decriminalization, Media Visibility and Irish Queer Media Activism’
Anne Mulhall, UCD , ‘Coming Out and Staying In’
16.00 – Writers Roundtable (in partnership with Poetry Ireland)
Mary Dorcey
Diarmuid Hester
Will Keohane
Gail McConnell

Register here.

There are a limited number of in-person tickets available. The event is also going to be live streamed by GCN. To receive details of the live streaming, please sign up for online admission.

Organized by the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, with support from the Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund and Poetry Ireland.

Please indicate if you have any access requirements, such as ISL/English interpreting, so that we can facilitate you in attending this event. Contact:

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Conferences
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Postgrad, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free, but registration is required
Contact Name: Dr Tom Walker

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