Hibernia College is proud to showcase the research of our staff, faculty and students. This week Seán Mac Risteaird will host a webinar entitled:
Tiochfaidh ár nGrá: LBGT Social Movements in Ireland from a Wilde time to Panti Bliss
On the 22nd of May, 2015, Ireland became the first country to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. With a sizeable voter turnout, and a significant margin in favor of the amendment, Ireland's acceptance of LGBT marriage rights is in stark contrast to a country where "...homosexuality has occupied an uncomfortable place..." (Conrad 2001: 124). This paper seeks to unpack the socio-cultural trajectory of the LGBT rights movement. We will question how a small, relatively under-represented community, managed to achieve a victory for their community. As we reflect on the 1916 rising centenary, we will also look at how queer movements were impeded by nationalist discourses. Homosexuality, once seen as a foreign "pollution" or as a "...free-floating contaminant..." (Conrad 2001: 127), now enjoys legal protection and equality. This paper will seek to ask how this shift in fundamental ideals took place. The question is posed: From Pearse to Panti, from prison to proposals, can one be Gay and Gaelic?
When: Wednesday 18th May at 7.30pm
Where? The research seminars are streamed online and also recorded. Here is the link if you would like to attend:
Seán Mac Risteaird was appointed Hibernia College’s Gaeilge Co-ordinator in 2015. He recently passed his PhD in Irish language literature in Maynooth University where he was awarded the John and Pat Hume scholarship in 2009. Seán's PhD focused on a queer reading of Irish language literature. Seán achieved a first class honours undergraduate degree in Irish and Media Studies and was twice awarded the Roinn na Gaeilge award. In 2010 he was awarded a Certificate in the Teaching of Irish to Adults from Maynooth University’s Language Centre. In 2011-2012 Seán was appointed as a visiting lecturer of Irish in St. Thomas University, Canada, with support from the ICUF. He has also taught Irish in institutions of higher education including Maynooth University, St. Patrick’s College Thurles, and Gaelchultúr/ Coláiste na hÉireann. Seán has published widely focusing on Irish literature, on the teaching of literature, on literary criticism and on cultural studies. Seán has a particular interest in LGBT representations in Irish language literature, in literary theory and in contemporary Irish poetry.