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    Feminist Musical Activism in Ireland (2016–21) and Feminist Musicology

    Watson, Laura (2022) Feminist Musical Activism in Ireland (2016–21) and Feminist Musicology. Ethnomusicology Ireland, 8. pp. 1-22. ISSN 2009-4094

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    Music has been a key site of feminist activism in Ireland since 2016. This article explores the multiple ways in which feminist collectives have challenged structural inequalities in Ireland's music world. The discussion of collectives such as Sounding the Feminists, FairPlé, Why Not Her? and Irish Women in Harmony shows that this activism amounts to a larger movement. The movement concerns several genres and cuts across a range of professional and amateur activities, including performance and composition. This article further offers an analysis of the Irish feminist conditions influencing this movement. These include the "Repeal" campaign, whereby activists worked to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland, so that the state would legislate for abortion. The article further calls for a more expansive discourse in feminist musicology to accommodate feminist musical activism and research beyond academia. It also frames and critiques this activism as gendered "equality labour."

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Irish Studies; Musicology; Feminism; Feminist Musicology;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Music
    Item ID: 18459
    Depositing User: Dr Laura Watson
    Date Deposited: 01 May 2024 10:24
    Journal or Publication Title: Ethnomusicology Ireland
    Publisher: The Irish national committee of the ICTM
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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