Current Research


Much of my current research (based in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) is concerned with conceptualizations and applications of citizenship rights, including social, political and civil citizenship, human rights, and issues related to reproductive justice.

Methodogically, I work primarily with visual images and photographic analyzes. Grounded in visual images, text, and recorded archives, I am specifically interested in visual narratives and their political intentionality.

In addition to publishing my research in scholarly journals, I also exhibit some of my research findings.

In Northern Ireland my focus is primarily on the post-Good Friday/Belfast Agreement period. I am particularly interested in contemporary transitions out of civil conflict. In this regard, my research encompasses women's representation in electoral politics, civil society organizing, commemoration and memorialization, and multi-scalar political engagement.

Recent scholarly publications examine: photographic iconicity; textual and visual narratives of conflict and conflict-instigated displacement in Northern Ireland; examinations of official government responses to displacement; oral history archives; and, memorialization in Northern Ireland.

Currently, I am researching and writing about the project, Visual Republicanisms: Reimagining Republican Photographs in the Post-Ceasefire Period in Northern Ireland.

I am also involved in the coordination of an interdisciplinary research symposium for scholars and community members on topics related to Irish Studies, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Irish language (www.mun/ca/irishstudies/)

My publications in the area of reproductive justice in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland examine how access to legal reproductive services is shaped by and through legal and human rights instruments, legislation, and interpretations at domestic and supra-national levels, (i.e. European Court of Human Rights and European Court of Justice). 

Recent scholarly publications examine: the intersections of feminist theorizing, mobility, migration, and reproductive justice in the Republic of Ireland, and supra-national legal challenges to domestic legal frameworks for abortion access and provision.

My research in visual analysis extends to photographic collections of women volunteers at the International Grenfell Association in Northern Newfoundland and coastal Labrador.

This includes an exhibition of the E. Mary Schwall photographic collection, and a bilingual travelling, public exhibition, for which I am Principal Researcher and Co-Curator, Tangled Threads/Fils Entremêlés. The exhibition examines the International Grenfell Association's system of clothing exchange in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Collaborators on this project include former and current graduate students, Ema Kibirkstis, Emma Lang, Estban Ricalde, and Joan Woodward, and select museums in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

As a long standing scholarly interest, I continue to publish research related to the discipline and disciplining of Gender Studies. In particular, I am interested in constructions of research methods and methodologies as integral aspects of the project of 'disciplining.'

I have served as an External Reviewer for Academic Programme Reviews in Women's and/Gender Studies at a number of Canadian universities.

I am interested in working with graduate students whose research is broadly related to these areas and to similar and related theoretical and methodological approaches, including visual and photographic analyses.



E. Mary Schwall: Traveller, Grenfell Mission Volunteer and Amateur Photographer: A Photographic Exhibition

3rd Level, Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University
10 December, 2014 - 30 January, 2015