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Patti O'Malley

Patti O’Malley completed an MA Gender, Culture and Society at UL and is now a fourth year PhD student in the Department of Sociology. Her PhD thesis title is ‘The Transracial Mother/Child Dyad and the Politics of Citizenship in Ireland’. Through the unique lens of the family milieu, this project aims to provide insight into the complex racialised positioning of the white Irish mother and her mixed ‘race’ child (ren) and examine the intersections with public politics of belonging and citizenship as differently lived by each member of the dyad. This research is being supervised by Dr Breda Gray. Patti is also a Board member of the Association of Mixed Race Irish and a mother of mixed ‘race’ Irish children.

Conference Presentations

Patti’s Conference Presentations include:

‘Transgressive Irish Motherhood: White Irish Mothers of Black Children’ at the Sibeal Annual Conference at Trinity College, Dublin (November 2014).

‘Mothering across Racialised Boundaries’ at the SAI (Postgrad.) Conference at Trinity College, Dublin (June 2015).

‘Struggles over the Meaning of Irishness: Mixed ‘Race’ Irish Children and their White Mothers’ at the 2nd Annual Critical Race and Ethnicities Network Conference at the University of Sheffield, England (October 2016).

‘What does it mean to belong in the ‘new’ Ireland? Mixed ‘Race’ Irish Children and their White Mothers’ at the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (February 2017).

‘Dynamics of Irish Belonging for Mixed ‘Race’ Children’ at the Conference entitled, ‘Power, Intimacy and the State: Mixed Families in Europe and Beyond’ at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (June 2017).

‘Transracial Mothering in the Irish Context’ at the Conference entitled, ‘Motherlines: Motherhood and Mothers in and through the Generations: Theory, Narrative, Representation, Practice and Experience’ at the National University of Ireland, Galway (July 2017).

‘The Racialised Dynamics of Citizenship: White Mothers and their Mixed ‘Race’ Irish Children’ at the Conference entitled, ‘Identity, Community and Social Solidarity’, The British Sociological Association Annual Conference at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle (April 2018).

‘The Mixed ‘Race’ Irish Child Citizen: Negotiations of the Racialised Insider/Outsider Dichotomy’ at the Conference entitled, ‘Legacies Matter’, The Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference at Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin (May 2018).

‘The Mixed ‘Race’ Irish Child Citizen: Negotiations of Insider/Outsider Positioning’ at the Conference entitled ‘Identities and (Trans)Nationalisms in Mixed Families: Transmission, Agency and Social Constraints’ at Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco (October 2018).