Mary Condren

Professor, writer, theorist and activist

Dublin (Ireland)

From October 25 to November 15, 2017

Biography —

Dr. Mary Condren was born, and now lives, in Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of many articles on gender, religion, violence, mythology and theology, and The Serpent and the Goddess: Women, Religion and Power in Celtic Ireland. (San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1989: Dublin: New Island Books, 2002). She is a founder and director of Woman Spirit Ireland, a non-profit educational company with charitable status, which links with similar organisations throughout the world. Through Woman Spirit Ireland she organises courses, study groups, seminars, festivals, and rituals celebrating the Irish quarter days.

She currently also teaches in Trinity College Dublin at the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, and in the past has taught at several other venues including Harvard University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Winchester, (England) and University College Dublin.

Project —

Mary Condren’s current work focusses on recuperating pre-colonial and indigenous wisdom traditions as they are gathered to the figure of Old Irish and European figure of Brigit — goddess, saint, folklore figure — along with the symbols, rituals, and material artefacts associated with her tradition. The aim of this work is to counter the prevailing symbolic violence of the dominant Western sacrificial social orders, and in particular, to challenge the dominance of the discourse, rituals and insignia of blood sacrifice that have passed seamlessly from the religious to political worldviews. Ultimately, the aim is to identify and recuperate the basis for a matrixial as opposed to a sacrificial social order.