Call for Abstracts

Gender and Irish society in the 19th and 20th century:

New perspectives and new ideas

Two-day conference - 23rd and 24th of March, 2012

Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences

National University of Ireland, Galway

Funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)

This two-day conference, funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences ‘New Ideas’ Scheme, will examine the theme of gender in Irish society in the 19th and 20th centuries. The conference will take place at the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies at the National University of Ireland Galway and bring together academics, early career researchers and postgraduates working in the fields of history, gender studies, children studies, English literature, sociology, film studies and related areas.

One of the aims of the conference is to produce an edited volume which will include chapters on gender incorporating a wide variety of issues. This collection of essays will represent the most up-to-date research in gender studies in Ireland with authors taking a fresh look at gendered topics.

Potential paper topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Gender and history
  • Gender and science, medicine and technology
  • Gender and education
  • Gender and human rights
  • Gender and sociology
  • Gender and literature
  • Gender and Irish studies
  • Gender and legal studies
  • Gender and religion
  • Gender and children’s studies
  • Gender and philanthropy
  • Representations of masculinity and femininity in 19th and 20th century Ireland.
  • The future of gendered themes within the humanities: is gender a valuable mode of investigation?

Abstract proposals (approx. 300 words) are to be submitted to Dr. Laura Kelly at genderandirishsociety2012@gmail.com by 13 February 2012. Invitations to present at the conference will be sent by the end of February 2012. After the conference, selected conference speakers will be invited to submit their papers as chapters of the proposed edited volume. Further details will soon be available on our website: http://genderandirishsociety2012.com