Feminist activism and the politics of crisis in Northern Ireland

How is the current crisis impacting on feminist activism and gender politics more broadly? How can feminist and LGBTQ+ activists sustain collective organizing in moments of crisis?  These are questions at the core of a new research project led by co-directors Dr Maria-Adriana Deiana and Dr Jamie Hagen, and Danielle Roberts from Ulster University. EvidenceContinue reading “Feminist activism and the politics of crisis in Northern Ireland”

Queer@Queen’s: Queen’s, Outburst and Queer Arts in Belfast

Belfast was a somewhat different place in 2008 when the first Queer at Queen’s took place. The region’s LGBTQI+ community had been dealt a blow by, firstly, a number of serious homophobic attacks that had occurred in the preceding years and, secondly, by the public and political response to those attacks, including the now infamousContinue reading “Queer@Queen’s: Queen’s, Outburst and Queer Arts in Belfast”

Pride in Solidarity Audre Lorde event recording

On 13 September the Centre for Gender in Politics co-hosted an event with HEReNI. The event was virtual and open to the public. We began the event with a screening of the film ‘The Berlin Years’ which, ‘documents Audre Lorde’s influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change,Continue reading “Pride in Solidarity Audre Lorde event recording”

Femonationalism and the Preoccupation with Muslim Women’s Bodies.

In 2016, images from the beaches of Nice were published, showing a group of male police officers stripping a Muslim woman wearing a Burkini, an overall swimsuit that includes a Hijab. The French law prohibits wearing an “integral veil” for reasons of public safety on the one hand and “explicit religious sign” in public schools on theContinue reading “Femonationalism and the Preoccupation with Muslim Women’s Bodies.”

Why intersectionality cannot wait. Considering Northern Ireland’s widening participation policy

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, ‘everyone has the right to education’. The establishment of this right in social and legal discourses, as well as increased access to schooling in many countries within the last one-hundred years has led to the perception of education as essentially inclusive. In this context, accessContinue reading “Why intersectionality cannot wait. Considering Northern Ireland’s widening participation policy”

The Intersection of Gender, Power and Violence in Armed Conflict.

On the 30th October 2014, soldiers of the Sudanese army searched houses, severely beat residents and raped women and girls in the Sudanese town of Tabit in a series of attacks over a 36-hour period. According to one report, over 200 cases were credibly reported, with two soldiers stating, “that superior officers had ordered them to ‘rapeContinue reading “The Intersection of Gender, Power and Violence in Armed Conflict.”

Welcoming Clara Fischer to the Centre for Gender in Politics: An interview

Welcome! You have recently joined HAPP as an Illuminate Fellow. Can you tell us a bit about the focus of your research in this role? My research is broadly concerned with Irish feminisms, embodiment and reproduction, theories of emotion and affect, and feminist-pragmatism. My current interests lie specifically with reproduction and abortion rights on theContinue reading “Welcoming Clara Fischer to the Centre for Gender in Politics: An interview”

CGP Co-directors on podcast in new QUB ‘Peace and Conflict’ Series

In a new podcast, co-directors Dr. Jamie Hagen and Dr. Maria Deiana reflect on ‘Activist Feminism–Addressing Inequality. Listen here. Listen as Queen’s academics from the Centre for Gender in Politics discuss the role of black feminists in the Black Lives Matter protest, the need for solidarity between feminist academics and the study of LGBT andContinue reading “CGP Co-directors on podcast in new QUB ‘Peace and Conflict’ Series”

Pushing the Boundaries of Sport, Gender and Nationalism? An analysis of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

In 1999, a record-breaking crowd in California watched the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) win the FIFA World Cup. Between the team’s suspense-filled victories and the unprecedented, ‘girl next door’ media coverage, the ‘99-ers’ popularity appeared to cement the USWNT as a beloved national icon.  Eileen Narcotta-Welp[1] argues this legacy was constructed through liberal ‘girl power’ discourses that,Continue reading “Pushing the Boundaries of Sport, Gender and Nationalism? An analysis of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team”

“Un Violador en Tu Camino”

Re-imagining Citizenship through Transnational Feminist Mobilization On the eleventh of November 2019 the street performance, “Un Violador en Tu Camino,” (“A Rapist in Your Path”), created by feminist collective, Las Tesis, was performed for the first time on the streets of Valparaíso, Chile. The piece references several iterations of violence against women, alleging to state sanctioned violence inContinue reading ““Un Violador en Tu Camino””