Wednesday, 27th January 2021 4:00pm (London)
‘Colleens, Cottages, and Rolling Green Fields’: The Making of Irish Women
Dr Shahmima Akhtar, Royal Holloway, University of London
This paper examines how a transnational vision of Ireland was created in the United States by two philanthropic women in Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. They each used accessible images of Ireland and the bodies of exhibited women to authenticate their narrative of dying rural industries that needed to be revived. Their specific visions of Irish development and survival were located against the backdrop of significant Irish migration to the United States and capitalised on feelings of nostalgia popular among the newly settled Irish-American population. The paper contributes to studies of Irish identities in Ireland, England and the US at the interface of class, gender and race.
Dr Shahmima Akhtar is a Lecturer in History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She was previously Past and Present Fellow in Race, Ethnicity and Equality in History working with the Royal Historical Society and Institute for Historical Research.
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