WebTV | « Animal Souls and Votes for Women: Intersections between Diet and Politics in the Work of First-Wave Irish Feminists »

The conference is available via web TV, here.

See also the CRINI’s website

The video recorded on March 23, 2017 at the University of Nantes as Maureen O’Connor had been invited at the Maison des Chercheurs Etrangers for a month, looked at four Irish women active at the turn of the twentieth century: Eva Gore-Booth, Margaret Cousins, Charlotte Despard, and Alice Stopford Green. All four women were feminists, workers’ advocates, Irish nationalists, and vegetarians. Their work anticipates  contemporary feminist new materialism regarding the relationship between the human and the non-human, as well as the revolutionary impact of a revised understanding of that relationship. While first-wave Anglo-American feminism often took antivivisection and vegetarianism as part of its anti-patriarchal remit, I argue that there are unique implications for such advocacy in an Irish context.

Maureen Mc Connor lectures in the School of English in University College Cork. Author of The Female and the Species: The Animal in Irish Women’s Writing (Peter Lang, 2010), she has also edited and co-edited several essay collections and special journal issues and has published widely on Irish women writers and the environment.