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Durham University
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Irish history, British history, Political history, Women's history, Petitions, Petitioning, The history of petitioning, Women's Political History, Gender, Networking, Mobilization, Separate spheres, Conflicts of morality, Popular sovereignty, The long nineteenth century, The twentieth century, archives, libraries, Women's political movements, Suffrage, Temperance, Unionism, Nationalism, Bodily autonomy.
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About Me

Dr Ciara Stewart recently completed her  Leverhulme Trust funded PhD at Durham University in 2020.

Her thesis is titled ‘Irish Women and Political Petitions, c. 1870-1918’ and studied petitioning patterns in order to re-examine the political experience of Irish women in the period 1870-1918. This thesis also places Irish women within previously Anglo-centric studies of nineteenth-century suffrage activism by demonstrating the connections that existed between Irish and British women. Additionally, this thesis explores themes of networking, mobilisation, separate spheres, conflicts of morality and popular sovereignty.

In 2019 she was awarded the position of Research Studentship 2019/2020 in the National Library of Ireland. During her time here she researched, arranged, preserved and cataloged the FitzMaurice Estate papers.

In 2018/2019 she was a teaching assistant in Durham University for HIST1621: ‘A United Kingdom? Great Britain and Ireland Before Democracy’.

Ciara has presented her research at the North American Conference on British Studies (Rhode Island, 2018); The Campaign for Women’s Suffrage: National and International Perspectives conference (Portsmouth, 2018); the Women’s Suffrage and Beyond: Local, National and International Contexts conference (Oxford, 2018); the European Social Science and History Conference (QUB, 2018); University College Cork (2018); Parliaments and Popular Sovereignty conference (Manchester, 2017); Trinity College Dublin (2016); and University College Dublin (2016, 2015).

Ciara has also presented her work at the following public events:

-Talks to mark International Women’s Day, National Library of Ireland, Dublin, organiser and presenter, 2020.

-Heritage Week talk, National Library of Ireland, Dublin, organiser and presenter, 2020

-Born a Rebel round table, women’s suffrage event panellist and organiser, Durham, 2018.

Prior to her PhD,  Ciara completed a MA in Irish history in 2016 at University College Dublin with a thesis titled ‘Re-examining the Ladies’ Land League: Composition, Influence and Legacy.’

Ciara also completed a BA in History in 2015 at University College Dublin with a thesis titled ‘The Catholic Church’s Construction and Influence of Youth Culture in Ireland in the 1960s.’

Recent Publications

NLI Research Studentship 2019/2020’, Irish Committee of Historical Sciences, 18 October 2020.

Conference Review, Australian Women’s Network, 31 December 2018.

Picking a President Anne Deane and the Ladies’ Land League: Her political connections and influence during the Land War in Ireland, c. 1881-1882, North East of England- Historians of Ireland, Postgraduate Network blog, 09 February 2018.

‘How 17,000 petitions helped deliver votes for women’, The Conversation UK, 05 February 2018.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Ireland, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Politics, Public History, Sexuality, Women