Conference Contribution Details
Mandatory Fields
Conn Holohan and Tony Tracy
From Jack’s Army to Jedward: Irish Masculinity and Popular Culture
Three day international conference. Keynote speaker were Professor Diane Negra and Dr Sean Campbell.
NUI Galway
Conference Organising Committee Chairperson
Optional Fields
1990 was a watershed year in contemporary Irish history for several reasons, but perhaps the most resonant was the election of Mary Robinson to the position of Irish President, a position previously reserved as a retiring ground for elderly male politicians. A new and exciting phase of Irish history was suddenly in the offing and Robinson’s inclusive vision of Ireland looked beyond earlier understandings of the state to give a central importance to the women of Ireland and those forgotten by generations of emigration. Slowly but incrementally over the following two decades the patriarchal authority of Irish political and religious structures collapsed. During this period Irish popular culture generated a variety of masculinities across genres and forms: in film and theatre - the stage and screen plays of Conor McPherson, Martin McDonagh and Mark O’Rowe; the soft masculinity of Louise Walsh’s boybands – Boyzone, Westlife, Jedward; the cinema of the Celtic Tiger; Irish TV drama - Bachelor’s Walk, Pure Mule, Love/Hate; national sporting moments circulating around male sports stars and teams. As traditional roles models and models of male authority eroded, popular culture assumed an ever-increasing centrality in exploring tensions in Irish manhood. This conference invited papers exploring manhood across all aspects of Irish popular culture – film and television, sport, theatre and fiction, music and media.
Publication Themes
Humanities in Context