Listening in/NI

‘Listening in/NI: marginalised voices in arts, academia and activism’ was a planned one-day symposium drawing together academics, activists and those working in the arts. Bringing together activists and speakers from academia and the arts, ‘Listening in/NI’ will provide a forum to start and develop conversations from critical and creative perspectives about engaging with voices — LGBTQ+, women, people of colour — that are so frequently sidelined in the North.

It was due to be held on the 20th March 2020 but, unfortunately, had to be cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions.

PROGRAMME | The Irish Studies Institute Seminar Room, Queen’s University Belfast


Panel 1: chaired by Ann-Marie Foster (Queen’s University Belfast)

Caroline Magennis, University of Salford: ‘“I was pretty sure I was born to live, die, eat, sleep and have sex”: Reinventing the Wild (Northern) Irish Woman’; 

Anna Liesching, curator of C20th art at the Ulster Museum: ‘Making her Mark’: getting Women Artists into the Museum’;

Eli Davies, University of Ulster: ‘“We weren’t worried about bombs, we were worried about sweets”: women, memory and the everyday during the Troubles’.


Panel 2: chaired by Tara McEvoy (Queen’s University Belfast)

Livi Dee, Newcastle University: ‘Trauma as an Outsider: Creating an oral history of the Northern Irish Mother and Baby Homes’;

Katie Mishler, University Collge Dublin: ‘Writing the Body: Abortion Narratives and Storytelling as Feminist Praxis’;

Sacha White, Queen’s University Belfast and freelance writer, ‘“Now for the North”: Writing towards Abortion Repeal in Northern Ireland’.


Panel 3: chaired by Mícheál McCann (Queen’s University Belfast)

Clare Gormley, Assistant Curator, The MAC Belfast: ‘Curating “On Refusal: Representation & Resistance in Contemporary American Art”;

Stefanie Lehner, Queen’s University Belfast: ‘Remapping in/NI: Performing LGBT Stories of Peace & Belonging: Theatreofpluck’s Tactics for Time Travel in a Toilet (2017) and So I Can Breathe This Air (2018)’;

Vanessa Ifediora, Photographer: ‘Stepping into the frame: A conversation about inclusion’.

This event was part of a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 797433. The organisers also gratefully acknowledge funding from the School of Arts, English & Laguages and the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast.