The Department of Sexual Revolution Studies

The Department of Sexual Revolutions Studies was initiated as a collaboration between the Van Abbemuseum and the Design Academy Eindhoven, led by Eimear Walshe as part of the Deviant Practice Research Programme. Beginning as a new learning platform over 5 sessions in November 2019, Design Academy Students joined a public programme to explore how contemporary sexual practices might help us to better understand the relationship between sexuality and society today, including issues such as politics, housing, and technology?

The project now aims to depart from institutional pedagogy into alternative forms of public engagement including sculpture, performance installation and music. For the Deviant Practice Symposium Eimear will present a text titled Jolene, which reckons with the emotional world of Jolene by Dolly Parton, and the song’s significance in our contemporary political moment.


Eimear Walshe is an artist and writer, working between Ireland and the Netherlands. They are two-time Research Fellow at the Van Abbemuseum, where the endeavor to extend academic study in Queer Theory and Feminist Epistemology to the production of sculpture, publishing, performances, lectures, and country music.

Photo of Eimear Walshe. Photo: Donal Tablot.Photo of Eimear Walshe. Photo: Donal Tablot.