Querying Histories: encountering the Irish LGBT past

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Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 16:00 to 17:30

About this event

This is a remarkably fertile period for projects recovering and revaluating Irish LGBT history. For this event we have invited a group of historians and activists, whose work has been at the forefront of this important development, to discuss their projects.

In our conversation, we will consider why there has been such energetic interest in, and popular appetite for, such projects in recent years. We will think about recent work recovering the more radical, liberationist and collaborative activism in the history of the Irish lesbian and gay movement – radical currents often occluded in conventional accounts.

We will reflect on the intellectual, political and affective commitments motivating this scholarly and activist work of recovery. And we will address the complex political and ethical stakes involved when we encounter and strive to interpret this history.


Maurice Casey, Historian in Residence at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs

Kate Drinane, Tours, Talks, Training and Interpretation Officer, National Gallery of Ireland; co-founder, Queer Cultures Ireland; co-organiser, Outing the Past (Ireland).

Patrick McDonagh, author of Gay and Lesbian Activism in the Republic of Ireland, 1973-93 (Bloomsbury, 2021)

This event is co-hosted by the Department of English at Maynooth University, the MU Sexualities and Genders Research Network and the MU Pride Society.

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