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Clara Fischer

Teaching and Research Fellow

School Of Philosophy
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168393
Email: clara.fischer@ucd.ie

Biography

Clara Fischer works in the areas of social and political philosophy, feminist theory, and gender politics, and has recently completed a two-year Newton International Fellowship at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science (2014-2016). She holds a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin, an M.Phil. from the same institution, an M.A. from D.I.T., and a B.A. from U.C.D.

Clara specialises in feminist-pragmatism and is the author of Gendered Readings of Change: A Feminist-Pragmatist Approach (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014) and co-editor of Irish Feminisms: Past, Present and Future (Arlen House/Syracuse University Press, 2015). She has published widely in the leading feminist and gender studies journals, including in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and is guest editor of a special issue of Hypatia on "Gender and the Politics of Shame" (forthcoming 2018). Her current research explores the politics of shame and containment in an Irish context.

Clara is involved in civil society research and advocacy, having worked in the Oireachtas (Irish parliament) and NGO sector. She is a free-lance consultant on gender and equality issues, a founder of the Equality Budgeting Campaign, a former director of the Irish Feminist Network, and currently communications officer of the Society for Women in Philosophy Ireland. Clara has received grants and fellowships from the British Academy, the Society for Applied Philosophy, the Equality Authority, and the Community Foundation of Ireland.

Research interests:
- Feminist-pragmatism
- Theories of emotion/affect
- Embodiment and shame
- Institutionalisation and containment
- Gender and austerity
- Irish feminisms
- Gender and nationalism

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2016.
Title: Trinity Long Room Hub Visting Research Fellowship
Year: 2015.
Title: Society for Applied Philosophy Event Grant
Year: 2014.
Title: British Academy Newton International Fellowship
Year: 2012.
Title: Equality Authority Small Grant
Year: 2012.
Title: Community Foundation of Ireland Women's Fund Grant

Associations

Association: Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Function/Role: Member
Association: Society for Applied Philosophy, Function/Role: Member
Association: European Pragmatism Association, Function/Role: Member
Association: Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Function/Role: Member
Association: European Consortium for Political Research, Function/Role: Member
Association: Feminist & Women's Studies Association (UK & Ireland), Function/Role: Member
Association: Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Ireland, Function/Role: Executive committee member & communications officer
     

Conference Contributions

Clara Fischer (2016) Re-covering Affective Ireland: Apology, Shame, Nation. [Oral Presentation], 1916:HOME:2016, University College Dublin , 28-OCT-16 - 28-OCT-16.
Clara Fischer (2016) Institutionalisation, Shame, and the Space of Dis/Appearance. [Oral Presentation], Political Studies of Ireland Annual Conference: Changing Political Landscapes, Belfast , 08-OCT-16 - 08-OCT-16.
Clara Fischer (2016) Inequality in Ireland: The Case for Equality Budgeting. [Invited Oral Presentation], IHREC Roundtable on Equality and Human Rights Budget Proofing, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Dublin , 24-JUN-16 - 24-JUN-16.
Clara Fischer; Iain Atack (2016) Clara Fischer in conversation with Iain Atack. [Invited Oral Presentation], Clara Fischer: Fellow-in-Focus (as part of a TLRH Visiting Fellowship), Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin , 10-MAY-16 - 10-MAY-16.
Clara Fischer (2016) Institutionalisation and the Gendered Politics of Emotion. [Oral Presentation], Gender, Public Policy, and Philosophies of Emotion, UCD , 06-MAY-16 - 06-MAY-16.
Clara Fischer; SWIP Ireland (2016) [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Gender, Public Policy, and Philosophies of Emotion, UCD , 06-MAY-16 - 06-MAY-16.
Clara Fischer (2016) Gender, Activism, and the Politics of Shame in an Irish Context. [Invited Oral Presentation], Gender and Diversity: Leadership, Development, and Activism in Ireland, NUI Maynooth , 09-MAR-16 - 09-MAR-16.
Clara Fischer (2016) State-building as Affective Politics: Ireland, Shame, and the Institutionalisation of Gendered Others. [Oral Presentation], Institutions and Ireland: Medicine, Health, and Welfare, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin , 05-FEB-16 - 05-FEB-16.
Clara Fischer (2015) Revealing Ireland¿s ¿Proper¿ Heart: Gender, Nation, and the Politics of Shame. [Oral Presentation], Gender and the Politics of Shame, London School of Economics and Political Science , 14-NOV-15 - 14-NOV-15.
Clara Fischer (2015) [Conference (Sole) Organiser], Gender and the Politics of Shame, London School of Economics and Political Science , 14-NOV-15 - 14-NOV-15.
Clara Fischer (2015) Modern Ireland¿s Affective Politics: Shame, Nation, and the Institutionalisation of Gendered Transgression. [Oral Presentation], British Academy Early Career Symposium, British Academy, London , 09-OCT-15 - 09-OCT-15.
Clara Fischer (2015) Pragmatist Lessons for Contemporary Theorising on Affect and Emotion. [Invited Oral Presentation], Summer Institute in American Philosophy, UCD , 11-JUN-15 - 11-JUN-15.
Clara Fischer (2015) Ireland¿s Politics of Shame: Gender, Sexuality, and Irish Nation-Building. [Oral Presentation], Class and Culture in 20th Century Ireland, Cambridge, UK , 20-APR-15 - 20-APR-15.
Clara Fischer (2015) Philosophy and Feminist Activism: A First-Person Account. [Invited Oral Presentation], SWIP Ireland Mentoring Conference, Newman House, Dublin , 28-FEB-15 - 28-FEB-15.
Clara Fischer (2015) Gender and the Politics of Shame: An Irish Solution to an Irish Problem?¿. [Invited Lecture], LSE public lecture, London School of Economics and Political Science , 18-FEB-15 - 18-FEB-15.
Clara Fischer (2015) Inequality, Gender, and the Economic Crisis: On the Need for Equality Budgeting. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited cross-party presentation to the Oireachtas, Oireachtas, Kildare Street , 17-FEB-15 - 17-FEB-15.
Clara Fischer (2015) Gender and the Irish State: A Troubled History. [Invited Oral Presentation], SPARK: Informing and Reforming, Liberty Hall, Dublin , 17-JAN-15 - 17-JAN-15.
Clara Fischer (2014) Turning to Affect: Shame and Embodiment in Feminist Philosophy. [Oral Presentation], SWIP Ireland Annual Conference: Women's Bodies, Newman House, Dublin , 22-NOV-14 - 22-NOV-14.
Clara fischer (2014) Ireland¿s Culture of Containment: Magdalene Laundries and Feminist Transgression of Nationhood. [Oral Presentation], NWSA Annual Conference: Feminist Transgressions, San Juan, Puerto Rico , 15-NOV-14 - 15-NOV-14.
Clara Fischer (2014) Gender Theory in the 21st Century: The Turn to Affect. [Oral Presentation], Some Indexical You: Gender in the 21st Century, University of Ulster, Belfast , 07-NOV-14 - 07-NOV-14.
Clara Fischer (2013) Equality Budgeting and Transformation. [Invited Oral Presentation], Alternatives for Transformation, NUI Maynooth , 09-MAR-13 - 09-MAR-13.
Clara Fischer, Equality Budgeting Campaign (2013) [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Embedding Equality in Policymaking: Lessons from Northern Ireland and Scotland, National Women's Council of Ireland , 20-APR-13 - 20-APR-13.
Clara Fischer, Equality Budgeting Campaign PILA (2013) [Conference Organising Committee Member], Civil Society Forum on Equality Budgeting, Mansion House, Dublin , 17-OCT-13 - 17-OCT-13.
Clara Fischer, Irish Feminist Network (2013) [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Training Programme in Equality Activism for Young Women, UCD , 06-APR-13 - 01-JUN-13.
Clara Fischer (2012) Women and Political Activism: Notes on Authenticity. [Oral Presentation], SWIP Ireland & SWIP UK Conference: Politics and Women Across Philosophical Traditions, Dublin , 09-NOV-12 - 09-NOV-12.
Clara Fischer (2012) Equality Budgeting in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Oireachtas Presentation, Leinster House, Kildare Street , 14-NOV-12 - 14-NOV-12.
Clara Fischer, Irish Feminist Network (2012) [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Feminist Activism in Ireland: Past, Present and Future, Sean O'Casey Community Centre , 19-MAY-12 - 19-MAY-12.
     

Languages

German:
Spanish:
 

Outreach Activities

Clara is a founder of the Equality Budgeting Campaign, a former director of the Irish Feminist Network, and currently communications officer of SWIP Ireland. She is a regular commentator in the media on gender and equality issues. 

Journals Edited

Hypatia: Co-Editor.
Contemporary Pragmatism: Editorial Board member.
 

Publications

Books

Clara Fischer (2014) Gendered Readings of Change: A Feminist-Pragmatist Approach. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. [Details]

Book Chapters

Clara Fischer (2015) 'Interview with a Born-Again Feminist: Mamo McDonald' In: Clara Fischer; Mary McAuliffe (eds). Irish Feminisms: Past, Present and Future. Dublin/Syracuse: Arlen House/Syracuse University Press. [Details]
Clara Fischer (2015) 'You Memory That?¿ Theorising Feminism in Ireland Through Feminist Storytelling and Rememory' In: Clara Fischer; Mary McAuliffe (eds). Irish Feminisms: Past, Present and Future. Dublin/Syracuse: Arlen House/Syracuse University Press. [Details]
Clara Fischer (2015) 'Irish Feminisms: An Introduction' In: Clara Fischer; Mary McAuliffe (eds). Irish Feminisms: Past, Present and Future. Dublin/Syracuse: Arlen House/Syracuse University Press. [Details]

Edited Books

Clara Fischer (Ed.). (2018) Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Vol. 33, No. 3 on 'Gender and the Politics of Shame'. International: Wiley. [Details]
Clara Fischer; Luna Dolezal (Ed.). (2017) New Feminist Perspectives on Embodiment. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. [Details]
Clara Fischer, Mary McAuliffe (Ed.). (2015) Irish Feminisms: Past, Present, and Future. Dublin//Syracuse: Arlen House/Syracuse University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Clara Fischer (2017) 'Revealing Ireland's 'Proper' Heart: Apology, Shame, Nation'. Hypatia, . [Details]
Clara Fischer (2016) 'Feminist Philosophy, Pragmatism, and the Turn to Affect: A Genealogical Critique'. Hypatia, 31 (4):810-826. [DOI] [Details]
Clara Fischer (2016) 'Gender, Nation, and the Politics of Shame: Magdalen Laundries and the Institutionalisation of Feminine Transgression in Modern Ireland'. Signs, 41 (4):821-843. [Details]
Clara Fischer; Pauline Cullen (2014) 'Conceptualising Generational Dynamics in Feminist Movements: Political Generations, Waves, and Affective Economies'. Sociology Compass, 8 (3):282-293. [Details]
Clara Fischer (2012) 'Pragmatists, Deliberativists, and Democracy: The Quest for Inclusion'. Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 26 (3):497-515. [Details]
Clara Fischer (2012) 'Intersectional Mainstreaming and Sightsavers¿ Lady Health Workers Programme in Pakistan'. Gender and Development, 20 (3):563-572. [Details]
Clara Fischer (2011) 'Compulsory Voting and Inclusion: A Response to Saunders'. Politics, 31 (1):37-41. [Details]
Clara Fischer (2010) 'Consciousness and Conscience: Feminism, Pragmatism and the Potential for Radical Change'. Studies in Social Justice, 4 (1):67-85. [Details]

Other Journals

Clara Fischer (2012) 'Feminist-Pragmatism' Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy . Available Online [Details]
 

Published Reports

Clara Fischer (on behalf of the Equality Budgeting Campaign) (2016) Submission to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission on Ireland¿s Combined Sixth and Seventh Periodic Reviews on CEDAW. Equality Budgeting Campaign, Dublin. [Details]
Clara Fischer (Equality Budgeting Campaign); Stephen Donnelly, T.D. (2013) Incorporating Equality Budgeting into Ireland¿s New Budgetary Process. Equality Budgeting Campaign, Dublin. [Details]
Clara Fischer (2012) Equality Budgeting in Ireland: An Information Booklet. irish Feminist Network/Equality Authority, Dublin. [Details]
     

Newspaper Articles

Clara Fischer (2016) Noonan has chance to end Ireland¿s anti-women budgets. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Clara Fischer (2015) Lone Parent Cuts are Unjustified in a Rising Economy. Dublin: Newspaper Articles [Details]
Clara Fischer (2015) From Disgust to Love with the Irish Marriage Equality Referendum. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Clara Fischer (2015) On Not Being Smart Enough. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Clara Fischer (2014) Doing Something About Women in Philosophy. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Clara Fischer (2014) Abortion in Ireland: Some Considerations for Non-Extremists. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Clara Fischer (2013) In Irish Budgets Some are More Equal than Others. Newspaper Articles [Details]
                                                                                               

Interview

Clara Fischer (2016) Women and Budget 2017. Interview [Details]
Clara Fischer; Shelley Park; Fifile Nguyen (2016) A Conversation with Clara Fischer and Shelley Park. Interview [Details]
Clara Fischer; Attracta Ingram (2015) Attracta Ingram in Conversation with Clara Fischer. Interview [Details]
Clara Fischer; Joe Humphreys (2014) Has Women¿s Thought Been Devalued?¿. Interview [Details]
Clara Fischer; Alex Mehan (2013) First Person: Clara Fischer. Interview [Details]
Clara Fischer; Patricia Hill Collins (2013) Patricia Hill Collins in Conversation. Interview [Details]
     

Teaching

 

Modules Coordinated

201600   PHIL41280     Philosophy: Feminist & Gender Theory
201600   PHIL20510     Philosophy: Feminist Legal Theory
       

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr. Mary McAuliffe (UCD Women's Studies)
Prof. Ursual Barry (UCD Women's Studies)

 

External Collaborators

Prof. Charlene Haddock Seigfried (Purdue University)
Prof. Marilyn Fischer (University of Dayton, Ohio)
Prof. Ryan Musgrave (Rollins College)
Dr. Luna Dolezal (Trinity College Dublin/Durham University)
Dr. Pauline Cullen (NUI Maynooth)