Keynote Speakers

Enright,_Mairead       Máiréad Enright

Máiréad is interested in the legal regulation of culture and religion, and in particular in the effects of legal engagement with traditionally ‘private’ aspects of religious practice for ‘public’ conceptions of membership. She has a special interest in the regulation of cultural and religious membership in Ireland, especially as it relates to nationalist politics of belonging. Her recent research is concerned with the construction of ‘Muslim women’ as legal subjects and as citizens before the law, and in this vein Máiréad has written about forced marriage, religious dress and Islamic divorce.

Major research projects:

Máiréad is completing a PhD at University College Cork which examines the legal treatment of questions in Muslim divorce practice in the UK and the United States from the perspective of a multiculturalist feminism. Together with Illan rua Wall (Warwick) Mairead is co-directing an ESRC-funded seminar series ‘The Public Life of Private Law’, which will run in 2013-2014.


Together with Dr. Aoife O’Donoghue (Durham Law School), Máiréad Enright is in the early stages of establishing an Irish Feminist Judgments Project. The project builds on the Feminist Judgments Project (, which was also a collaboration between academics at Kent and Durham. A group of academics and practitioners will come together to write ‘the missing feminist judgments’ in a series of important Irish and Northern Irish cases.

Some examples of Máiréad’s media appearances are here.

For a full list of her publications and current research projects visit her University Kent page.


mulhall pic    Dr. Anne Mulhall

Anne Mulhall is a lecturer in the School of English, Drama and Film at UCD, where she directs the Centre for Gender, Culture and Identities, the MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture, and the PhD programme in Gender, Culture and Identities. She teaches and publishes in gender and sexuality studies, contemporary Irish literature and culture, and critical theory, particularly psychoanalytic, feminist and queer theory. She has co-edited a special issue of the Irish University Review on queer studies and/in Ireland (2012) and Irish Postmodernisms and Popular Culture (2007). Anne Enright: Excavating the Present will be published by Bucknell University Press in 2015, and Intimate States: the biopolitics of Ireland 1970-2015, an analysis of the intersections between governmentality and intimate life in relation to technologies of gender, sexuality, race, migration and class in Ireland.

For a full list of Dr. Mulhall’s publications and research projects visit her UCD page.