WHAI Past Conferences


For details of the 2014 WHAI annual conference, Cumann na mBan 100, see our dedicated page



Dr Bernadette Whelan and Professor Suellen Hoy

Dr Bernadette Whelan and Professor Suellen Hoy

The 2013 conference was on the theme ‘Migration, the Diaspora and Foreign Relations‘.  Professor Suellen Hoy, University of Notre Dame, delivered the keynote address on her work in uncovering the lives of Irish women in Chicago. The conference was held at the University of Limerick, 26-27 April, and organised by Bernadette Whelan, and Úna Ní Bhroiméil, Gavin Wilk, Conor Reidy and Martin Walsh.



The annual conference on the theme ‘1912: Irish women before the revolution’ was organised by Leeann Lane and Mary McAuliffe and held on 25-26 May at Mater Dei Institute of Education (a college of Dublin City University)



The 2011 conference, ‘Gender and Sexual Politics in Ireland’ was held at UCC on 27-28 May. It was organised by Sandra McAvoy.  Dr Leeann Lane, whose monograph Rosamond Jacob: Third Person Singular, was published by UCD Press in 2010 delivered the keynote address based on her release.  Proceedings from the conference will be published shortly in the form of an edited collection by Mary McAuliffe, Sandra McAvoy, Jennifer Redmond and Sonja Tiernan.




Judith Harford and Claire Rush

The conference ‘“She said she was in the family way”: Pregnancy and Infancy in the Irish past’ was held at QUB (16-17 April), organised by Mary O’Dowd and Elaine Farrell.  Proceedings from the conference were published as an edited collection in 2012 by the Institute of Historical Research.

At the 2010 conference, Judith Harford and Claire Rush launched their edited volume, Have women made a difference? Women in Irish universities, 1850-2010, published by Peter Lang.



The annual WHAI conference in 2005 was held on 18-19 November at University College Cork entitled ‘Public and private voices: Irish Women’s Personal Writings in Historical Perspective’. Angela Bourke delivered the keynote address. The conference was organised by Clare O’Halloran.

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