May 26 2016 Posted: 13:09 IST

 

Over the course of the year, the Gender Arc research seminar included talks on a diverse cultural, social and historical issues with a focus on gender. Topics addressed included: ‘The Subject of Choice and the Story of Single Motherhood’; ‘Constructing Gender in the French Algerian Context’, ‘What we preserve from the past and what we ignore: some new perspectives on women in Ireland in the 1950s and 60s’, and ‘Irish Women Screenwriters cast in the shadows - Knocknagow (1918) and Guests of the Nation (1935).’ Gender Arc at NUI Galway is a programme of the Centre for Global Women’s studies.  Global Women’s Studies PhD candidate and Gender Arc research associate Amie Lajoie coordinated the speakers’ series. The events give students and NUI Galway staff regular opportunities to contribute to lively discussions on new gender focused research. Dr. Catriona Clear’s book launch, for example, ‘What we preserve from the past and what we ignore: some new perspectives on women in Ireland in the 1950s and 60s’, provided the audience with an fascinating historical and gender analysis of the social and cultural significance of women’s magazines in Ireland, particularly the ‘problem pages’.

 

 

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