Dundalk I.T in partnership with Sounding the Feminists announce a Symposium on Women in Popular & Traditional Music in Ireland and Call for Papers


Sounding the Feminists Symposium - Women in Popular & Traditional Music in Ireland

23 November 2018

Department of Creative Arts, Media & Music

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Call for Papers

Deadline: Monday 3 September 2018

In partnership with Sounding the Feminists, the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology is pleased to announce its first symposium devoted to the study of women in traditional and popular music in Ireland. The primary aims are of this event are two-fold: to promote the recognition, documentation and cultural analysis of creative work by female-identified artists and producers in Ireland; and to encourage academic debate into what feminism(s) mean in the Irish musical context.

Dr Aileen Dillane (University of Limerick), ethnomusicologist, Irish music specialist and popular music scholar, will be the keynote speaker for the symposium. Her work to date focuses on the intersection of music, cultural theory, politics and identity and her keynote will address both popular and traditional genres in a feminist reading of the work of Sinéad O’Connor.

Proposals are invited for individual 20-minute papers, themed panel sessions (of three 20-minute papers), 90 minute round-table discussions, lecture-recitals and poster presentations that relate to popular or traditional genres in the Irish context and address at least one of the following themes:

  • Female-identified performers and producers in the Irish music industry

  • Ethnic minority women in music

  • LBTQ+ women in music

  • Feminism in the Irish musical context

  • Community initiatives with women in music

  • Feminist activism & musical activity

  • Women in music technology

  • Intersectionality in Irish popular music & Irish Traditional Music

Individual papers should be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Round-table sessions should not exceed 90 minutes, including discussion time. Lecture-recitals should be 30-minutes in length, including discussion time. Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words for individual or poster presentations; and no more than 500 words for panels and roundtables. Panel abstracts should also include an abstract of 300 words maximum for each individual speaker. A short biography of 50 words for each presenter/panelist should also be included.

Abstracts should include the title of the paper/ session; name(s), affiliation(s) and contact details/name of panel convenor; and technical requirements. Abstracts should be submitted in .doc format to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=stf18 by 5pm Monday 3 September. The organising committee will endeavour to notify all proposers of abstracts of their decision by 21 September.

Interested in attending without a presentation? Please register your interest via email to stf18@dkit.ie by 16 November. There will be a small registration fee for the event.

Conference Committee

Dr Ann-Marie Hanlon (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

Dr Niall Coghlan (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

Dr Helen Lawlor (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

Annalisa Monticelli (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

Georgina Hughes (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

Claire Fitch (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

Dr Laura Watson (Sounding the Feminists, Maynooth University)

Dr Jenny O’Connor Madsen (Sounding the Feminists, Music Generation)

Amanda Feery