Dr Joanne Cusack is an assistant lecturer, researcher, musician, and FairPlé activist. She is a first-class honours graduate of Dundalk Institute of Technology and holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Maynooth University. Joanne began lecturing for the Department as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in September 2017, and two years later was awarded the "Postgraduate Student Teaching Award" from Maynooth University in recognition of excellence in postgraduate student teaching activities. Prior to the commencement of her doctoral research, Joanne was offered three different scholarships including the John Hume scholarship and Graduate Teaching Studentship from Maynooth University, and a doctoral research scholarship from Dundalk Institute of Technology. Her research interests include gender and identity studies, feminist musicology, popular music studies, and Irish traditional music.
Aside from research, Joanne has an active record as a professional Irish traditional musician having performed both nationally and internationally including a tour of North America and performances in Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Spain and England representing Ireland at International Folk Dance Festivals.
Joanne is also a co-founder of the volunteer feminist grassroots organisation, FairPlé. FairPlé, meaning “fair discussion” was founded to achieve gender balance in the production, performance, promotion, and development of Irish traditional and folk music. As an activist, Joanne has organised and been invited to speak at several events including most notably before the Oireachtas Joint Committee to discuss a safe and respectful working environment for the arts in October 2021. She has also worked on a number of policies and documents pertaining to equity and safety including an anti-harassment policy, bystander guidelines, and a resource and support document for sexual harassment — some of which were created in collaboration with Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and sister organisation, Safe Arts of Ireland. More recently, in May 2023, Joanne acted as a consultant on the development, distribution, and advertisement of Safe To Create’s new “Report + Support” initiative (in connection with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media).
Joanne currently coordinates and delivers undergraduate and postgraduate modules on performance, musicology, ethnomusicology, gender and sexuality studies.
|2021||Cusack, Joanne (2021) PhD Vignette: Changes in Society and Scene: An Examination of the Role of Women Performers in Commercial Irish traditional music. [Bulletin] [DOI]|
|2020||Cusack, Joanne et al. (2020) FairPlé: Anti-harassment Policy. [Policy Contribution] [Link]|
|2020||Cusack, Joanne (2020) FairPlé develops sexual harassment guidelines in collaboration with RCNI. [Newsletter] [Link]|
|FairPlé||Policy Makers||FairPlé is a volunteer, grassroots, feminist organisation set up in January 2018. FairPlé meaning, fair discussion, aims to achieve gender balance in the production, performance, promotion, and development of Irish traditional and folk music. We advocate for equal opportunity and balanced representation for all. [Link]|
Gender Studies, Feminist Research, Activism, Ethnomusicology, Musicology, Performance.