Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies, issue no. 10, 2020
"Minorities in / and Ireland"
Guest editor, Patrick McDonagh, European University Institute, Florence
In recent years, events such as the 2018 Abortion Referendum, 2017 recognition of Travellers as an
ethnic minority, the 2015 Same-Sex Marriage Referendum, 2015 Gender Recognition Act and the
2013 State apology to women sent to Magdalene laundries, amongst others, have all symbolised a
dramatic positive transformation in Irish society. These developments heralded the emergence of a
more tolerant, welcoming and inclusive society, willing to acknowledge the wrongs of its past. For
many, they have signalled a new dawn in Ireland’s history, leaving behind the image of a socially
conservative society. While the overwhelming majority of politicians and political parties speak out
in support of minorities and those once marginalised in society, championing their right to dignity,
equality, respect and basic human rights, this has not always been the case. On the contrary, for
much of the twentieth century Ireland’s political class remained silent, or turned a blind eye to
issues affecting minorities and those who did not conform to the status quo, whether that be as a
result of their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, ethnic minority, disability, etc.
In fact, until only recently, this cohort often found themselves at the margins of Irish society, with
many forced to emigrate in search of a better life.
While many issues still remain to be addressed, most notably the controversy surrounding direct
provision and questions of equality, same-sex marriage and abortion in the North, the
aforementioned changes in Irish society are particularly noteworthy, demonstrating the extent to
which a small cohort of marginalised individuals and groups can bring about social, cultural and
political change in the face of considerable constraints. To date, however, these groups have been
understudied in Irish historiography; a historiography which has for decades primarily adopted a top
down, rather than bottom up approach to understanding change in Ireland. With this in mind, this
special edition seeks to bring minorities to the fore and explore their role in transforming Irish
society. In particular, it seeks to explore issues such as; how have minorities sought to make their
voices heard in Ireland, what strategies have they adopted to bring about social and political change,
where were the sites of these efforts taking place; and how have representations of minorities
evolved over time. We are interested in papers from a range of different disciplinary backgrounds
which seek to explore the role and impact of any of the below in bringing about social, cultural and
political change in Ireland.
Fields of investigation and topics may include:
Ethnic and linguistic minorities
Health/Patients’ Rights Advocacy
LGBT+ rights advocacy
Those sent to institutional homes (i.e. Magdalene laundries)
Please send abstracts of 250 to 400 words, as well as a short biography of 50 to 100 words, by 15th
October 2019 to the Guest Editor, Patrick McDonagh (<Patrick.Mcdonagh@eui.eu>), to the
General Editor, Fiorenzo Fantaccini (<email@example.com>) and to Dieter Reinisch
(<firstname.lastname@example.org>) assistant editor for the 10th issue.
Submissions accepted for publications will be announced by the end of October 2019.
Finalized contributions for submission to referees must reach the editors by 1st February 2020:
Articles must be formatted in accordance with the journal editorial guidelines
<http://www.fupress.net/public/journals/37/sijis_guidelines.pdf> and should not exceed 12000
words, including endnotes and bibliography. Informal enquiries to the Guest editor and General
Editor are welcome and should be addressed to the contacts above.
The 10th issue of Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies will be published in June 2020