Kate Antosik-Parsons is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research traverses the boundaries across the humanities and social sciences. Kate is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Social Studies at Trinity College Dublin on the cross-border HEA-funded North/South Reproductive Citizenship project (2022-Present). She was previously a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Social Studies on the HSE- Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy (SCHPP) funded Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion Care (UnPAC) study researching people's experiences of accessing abortion care in Ireland since January 2019.
From April 2019 to February 2020 Kate was the L'Internationale Researcher for NCAD's performance art in Ireland in the 1990s project conducted as part of L'Internationale's 'Our Many Europes'. This research contributed to the Aftereffects and Untold Histories, Politics and Spaces of Performance since the 1990s (NCAD, April - May 2021).She is also a research associate of the UCD Humanities Institute. Her interests include feminist politics, gender and sexuality, modern and contemporary art, embodiment, memory, performance studies, Irish studies and literary and cultural studies.
Kate conducted collaborative research on leadership and feminist pedagogy in the Dublin Bay North Repeal the 8th campaign on which she has co-authored two peer-reviewed articles, including one in Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics (2022).
Educated in USA and Ireland, Kate holds a BA in Art, an MA in Women’s Studies and a PhD in Art History. She was doctoral scholar at UCD in the Graduate Research and Education Programme (GREP) in Gender, Culture and Identity (IRCHSS funded).
Kate is an art historian and visual artist originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her art practice is concerned with memory and identity. Originally trained as a painter and printmaker, Kate is interested in process and the physicality that accompanies the process of creating. Many of her earlier works incorporate text, images and found materials such as fabrics that build layers of meaning. She is particularly intrigued by the ways in which these materials absorb and transmit familial memory and history. Her visual sensibilities were encouraged by her grandmother, Marcelina Antosik, a landscape painter. More recently, her work has shifted to incorporate photography and has focused on maternal subjectivity. Her research, teaching and visual practice are expressly informed by feminism.
Kate studied painting and printmaking at St. Mary’s College, Moraga. In 2003 she held her first solo show ‘Identity’ in the Front Lounge, Dublin, Ireland.She has completed several commissions: a drypoint for the American Association of University Women, East Bay Branch (2000) and three monoprints for Northgate Information Solutions, Dublin Ireland (2005). Her work has featured in group exhibitions ‘A Womb of One’s Own’ Oldcastle, Co. Meath (2008) and ‘Between Places and Spaces: Landscapes of Liminality’, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin (June 2014). Her performative photographs were exhibited in Still Life, Gibney Dance, NYC (June 27-29 2019)- a collaborative performance constructed from a participatory workshop organised by the art collective Our Women Before Us. In May 2019 she collaborated with performance artist EL Putnam on the live work 'Mutualism'. Kate's experimental video work 'This Land is Your Land' was shown as part of Manifest Dismantling @Boston Cyberarts (31 Oct-1 Nov 2019). Kate was a performer in Amanda Coogan's live They Come Then, The Birds (2021). Kate's artwork has appeared in Intersections: Women’s and Gender Studies in Review Across Disciplines, Journal of University of Texas (2007) and featured on the covers of two books.