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Clara Fischer

Postdoc Research Fellow Lvl Ii

School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice


01 716 8393
University College Dublin, School of Social Policy Social Work and Social Justice, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

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Clara Fischer works in the areas of feminist theory, social and political philosophy, and gender politics. She is an EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Centre for Gender, Feminisms, and Sexualities, and Co-director of the Dewey Studies Research Project at University College Dublin. Previously, she worked as a Teaching and Research Fellow at UCD and completed a two-year Newton International Fellowship at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science (2014-2016). Clara 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) and New Feminist Perspectives on Embodiment (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018). She has published widely in the leading journals in her area, 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" (2018). As the PI on EU Horizon2020 project, GENDEMOTION: The Gendered Politics of Emotion in Austerity Ireland, Clara is currently researching the politics of shame in an Irish context (see here for a project description). 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. In February 2017, she formed part of the Irish civil society delegation to Geneva, representing the Equality Budgeting Campaign at the UN CEDAW hearings (Ireland's examination on women's human rights). Clara has received grants and fellowships from academic and third sector bodies, including from the British Academy, the European Commission, the Society for Applied Philosophy, 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 - Reproduction and sexuality in Ireland


  • BA
    University College Dublin
  • BA
    University College Dublin
  • MA
    Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) IRL2002 - 2003
  • MPhil
    Trinity College Dublin


  • German
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Spanish; Castilian
    Can read, write, speak and understand