Category feminist geography

Spatial Poetics of Gautier’s ‘Giselle’

Ballet Ireland’s creative re-working of Gautier’s nineteenth Century Classic is currently touring Ireland http://projectartscentre.ie/event/giselle/ having had its premiere in Project Arts Centre this week. Here I had the pleasure of watching bodies flesh out before me, a story that was all- too familiar. My first engagement with Giselle began twenty- two years prior, when my […]

Was Hillary Clinton ‘abandoned’ by women voters?

Claire McGing, Department of Geography, Maynooth University Hillary Clinton’s defeat to Donald Trump in the recent presidential election came as a shock to many voters and observers. This was especially the case for those (myself included) who believed they were about to bear witness to history and, 96 years after American women won the right […]

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT RESEARCH – A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE

Signing up for a participatory methods class can be a little daunting, but is also a wonderful learning experience. In this post, Louise Sarsfield Collins – an Irish Research Council funded PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University – reflects on her experiences working on a public engagement research project with other […]

Making Art and Making Place: Reflecting on the story of the Carlow Sugar Factory

This post discusses ‘Ex-Machina’, a film by Frances Hegarty and Andrew Stones, and ‘Carlow Sugar Factory’, a collection of photography by P.L. Curran, both of which are currently being exhibited at VISUAL Centre for the Contemporary Arts in Carlow until 22 October 2016. Below, Aoife Kavanagh explores the stories these art works convey, and how […]

Maser’s ‘Repeal the 8th’ mural: Street art, abortion access and the battle over public space in Ireland

After the removal of Irish street artist Maser’s ‘Repeal the 8th’ mural from Temple bar this week, Lorna O’Hara – an IRC-funded PhD student in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University – reflects on the battle over public space that has characterised the debate over abortion access in Ireland in recent years. While the […]

Feminist Activism: connecting the local and the global

As the elections approach next week, Lorna O’Hara, who is studying for her PhD in Maynooth’s Department of Geography, reflects on her involvement in reproductive rights activism in Ireland and in Germany. From a personal perspective, this blog discusses the history of feminist activism in Dublin, some of the challenges of being an activist researcher […]

Performing the Nation-State: Political Geographies of Irish Step Dance

This is a guest post by Gisele O’Connell, one of our postgrad students. Speaking on the potentialities of the performative body to confront cultural nihilism, Friedrich Nietzsche (1968:462) was once adamant that “we do not yet know what bodies can do.” Given the productive possibilities for bodies to radically transform social space, what, then, could […]