Department of Creative Arts, Media & Music, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Friday 23 November 2018, 9am-5pm


The Department of Creative Arts, Media & Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology, in association with Sounding the Feminists and the Centre for Creative Arts Research, is pleased to host a one-day symposium on women in popular and traditional music in Ireland on Friday 23 November 2018. This one-day symposium brings together both scholars and community activists engaged in work to address gender imbalance in both the music industry and academia.


Symposium Schedule

9-9.20 Registration

9.20 – Welcome address

9.30-11 Panel 1 – Women in Popular Music in Ireland

Chair: Dr Niall Coghlan (Dundalk Insitute of Technology)

Dr Caroline O’Sullivan (DIT), “If anyone says you are doing it wrong they are lying” – Being a female DJ in Dublin

Dr Ann-Marie Hanlon (DkIT), Zrazy and ‘Women’s Music’ in Ireland

Michael Lydon (NUIG), I Don’t Have to be that She: Magda Davitt the Artist Formally known as Sinéad O’Connor

11-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-1 Round Table Discussion: Contemporary Feminist Initiatives in the Irish Music Scene

Dr Ann-Marie Hanlon (DkIT) in conversation with representatives of Fair Plé, Mnásome, the Gash Collective, Girls Rock Dublin, Improvised Music Company and Sounding the Feminists

1-2 Lunch

2-3.30 Panel 2 – Women in Country & Folk Music in Ireland

Chair: Dr Helen Lawlor (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

Dr Daithí Kearney (DkIT), To Stay or Leave: Revisiting Creative Outputs Through a Feminist Lens

Joanne Cusack (Maynooth University): A consideration of post-feminism in Irish traditional music with particular focus on the all-female band, The Bridies

Christina Lynn (DkIT), Creating a Narrative: A woman’s voice in Irish Country music

3.30-3.45 Coffee Break

3.45-5 Keynote Address – Aileen Dillane (University of Limerick)

Chair: Dr Laura Watson (Sounding the Feminists, Maynooth University)

Raging Mother Ireland: The intersection of faith, fury, and feminism in the body and voice of Madga Davitt (FKA Sinéad O’Connor)

We look forward to welcoming you to Dundalk Institute of Technology on 23 November and we hope it reveals new perspectives and encourages new ways of thinking about the contribution of women to popular and traditional music in Ireland.

To Attend…

Cost to attend Symposium (includes teas/coffees & biscuits/ Lunch): €15 concession (students/ community activists)/ €20 full-price.

Payment is due upon arrival at symposium. Please register your attendance via the symposium email address

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)


This symposium is kindly supported by the Creative Arts Research Centre.