Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
This paper explores how the paradox of contrasting sexual politics in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland sits uncomfortably, but temporarily at the table of wider processes of Europeanisation and transnationalism. Whereas Northern Ireland is dominated by conservative gender and adversary ethno-religious/ national rule, the Republic is dismantling long established nationalist policy; the latter in recent years by democratic vote supporting gay marriage and also challenging institutional sexist abortion law. Far right orientations across Europe have been normalised and mainstreamed foremost in the last decade. But as far as the Island of Ireland is concerned far right populist narratives of national cohesion do not work: the North is split by Sectarianism and the South is undergoing fast secularisation of a predominant Catholic society. Though I will not focus on Brexit (e.g. the aftermath of it) the UK exit from the EU epitomises the fragility of nationalist as well as trans-nationalist narratives, and sheds light on a need to engage more fundamentally and by that de-colonialising normative ‘national’ orientations crossing the line of nation state imaginations.