Event preview: CSWG & Queer Asia Book Launch

Next week, we are very excited to bring you 2 events!

Firstly, on Monday 21st October, we are holding a joint book launch with our friends at Queer Asia for Queer Asia: Decolonising and Reimagining Sexuality and Gender. Queer studies has in recent years been a rapidly expanding field, albeit with a very Western bent. Building on contributions to the annual Queer Asia conference, this collective work proposes a comprehensive survey of queer studies in the Asian context. Present at the event will be the book’s editors, Daniel Luther and Jennifer Ung Loh, as well as other discussants. As well as launching the book, there will be panel discussions.


Secondly, on Friday 25th October, we are holding a joint session with the University of Warwick’s Centre for the Study of Women and Gender (CSWG) entitled ‘When feminism wins: gaining the right to abortion in Ireland’.

Convening this session will be Professor Ailbhe Smith, a long-time feminist, lesbian, socialist activist and founding head of Women’s Studies at UCD (University College Dublin) in 1990. She has written extensively about feminism, politics and culture mainly in Ireland. Ailbhe left academia in the mid-2000s to focus on working with women’s community organisations and in social movement politics.  She has been involved in many campaigns and was on the Strategic Executive of the victorious same-sex marriage campaign in 2015. She has been fighting for women’s right to choose for over 35 years, and was Co-Director of the Together for Yes national referendum campaign which removed the near-total ban on abortion from the Irish Constitution with a majority of 66% in 2018. She convenes the Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment, and is a regular contributor to media and national debate in Ireland.  She was included on the Time Magazine list of the 100 most influential people in 2019.


Queer Asia Book Launch
16.30-18.30, Monday 21st October
S0.20 (Social Sciences, main campus)


When Feminism Wins: Gaining the Right to Abortion in Ireland
12.00-14.00, Friday 25th October
Wolfson Research Exchange*, The Library
Lunch provided

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