Dr. Deirdre Donoghue


Deirdre M. Donoghue is a postdoctorate researcher on gender-based violence and a docent in the 'Feminist Approaches to Art and Affect at the Utrecht University's Department of Media and Culture Studies. She obtained her PhD 'The Aesth-Ethics of Interruption: Maternal Subjectivity and Practices of Care as Aesthetic, Political and Environmental Forces in the Creative Practices of Five Contemporay Mother-Artists' from the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON), Utrecht University.  

Currently a researcher on the 'REGENERART: Rethinking Gender Equality Through Art'-project, she is developing pedagogical tools for European secondary school teachers on how to use art in the creation of more equal and inclusive society free of gender stereotypes and gender-based violence. The research outputs consist of a textbook and an e-learning course.  

Besides her scholarly work she is a visual and performance artist, director of the international m/other voices foundation for art, research, theory / dialogue / community involvement, a founding member of ADA: Area for Debate and Art, a mother and a birthdoula.

In her artistic work she most often sets up social scenarios and specifically framed human encounters where multiple relations can be set into motion, through which the production of new knowledge systems via cross-disciplinary approach becomes mobilized. She has taught critical feminist perspectives for art students, worked as an external examiner and thesis reader for BA and MA -level students across Fine Art, Design and Visual Culture programs in Finland and The Netherlands, as well as exhibited her art work, and collaborated, internationally.

Her work for the m/other voices foundation builds international networks between mother artists and scholars, supports and publishes monthly columns by artist-mothers and other cultural re-producers, organises conferences, such as The Mothernists (2015), Mothernists II: Who Cares For The 21st Millenium? (2017) and programs such as the Legacy of Love Doulas, offering free doula services for refugees, single mothers and low- and no-income women and families in The Netherlands.