The Irish Civil War of 1922-3 was fought by Irish nationalists over whether or not to accept the Anglo-Irish Treaty. The treaty had been signed in December 1921, following the War of Independence (1919-1921). During this period in Irish society, numbers of women engaging in organised activity outside of the home were small, but not insignificant. There were women actively engaged in the conflict, and there has been much discussion of their participation in politics and armed struggle. But there were also women active in public life whose activities were not political nor directly connected to the conflict, but that were still very much influenced by it. Many of these women were involved with religious societies that were ostensibly apolitical.
The international community is facing numerous migration crises, much like those that drove the development of international refugee rights and protections in the twentieth century. But instead of embracing and strengthening legal mechanisms to protect these people, we are seeing them undermined by nationalist and anti-democratic forces. With that in mind, the historical context in which international rights for asylum seekers developed offers important perspective on what makes them valuable.
As debate about Obeah – spiritual and healing practices – erupts in Jamaica, Diana Paton argues that laws against obeah have historically worked to uphold colonial power and to harass poor people.
For the first fifty years of Irish independence, domestic violence was shrouded in secrecy and denial. Cara Diver explores how feminist reformers shattered the illusion that the home was always a site of safety for women and their children.
Banner Tales is a collaboration between geographers and Glasgow Museums staff. The project has encouraged reflection on the relationship between material cultures and the makings of solidarity.
CFP: Stonewall 50 years on: Gay Liberation and Lesbian Feminism in its European Context
How can commemorating our activist past help to build new hope for political change? Looking back to 1969, when she received news of the Stonewall riots and the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz, Jewelle Gomez explores the significance of these vitally interlinked events that shaped her personal and political identity.
How was our understanding of sexuality in history transformed by the liberation movements of the late twentieth century and by the challenge of the AIDS epidemic? The historian and activist Jeffrey Weeks explores those questions in the latest episode of the History Workshop podcast. Subscribe and listen now on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, and Stitcher.
This Virtual Special Issue of History Workshop Journal brings together 18 articles on the history of sexualities.
What does the controversy about York’s commemorative plaque to Anne Lister suggest about the historical recovery of queer women’s identities? Anna Clark explores.