Gender and Irish Society in the 19th and 20th century

Moore Institute Seminar Room

Date & Time
23rd March, 2012 @ 00:00:00

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.

Conference programme: Friday 23rd of March

9.00-9.30: Registration

9.30-11.00: Panel 1: Gender and Irish literature I

Chair: Dr Marion Krauthaker-Ringa, NUIG

o Declan O'Keeffe - The young writer's saint - Women writers in the Irish Monthly.

o Laura Pomeroy - 'Untroubled by Leaves': constructions of nature in Mary Devenport O'Neill's poetry

o Rebecca Anne Barr - The kind of boy I liked: gender, boyhood and masculinity in the work of Forrest Reid

11.00-11.30: Tea/coffee break

11.30-1.00: Panel 2: Gender and religion

Chair: Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, NUIG

o Evelyn Glynn - Magdalene Matters

o Sean Brady - Sectarianism, religion and masculinity: Northern Ireland after 1921

o Yafa Shanneik - Irish women converting to Islam in the late 20th century

1.00-2.00: Lunch

2.00-3.30: Panel 3: Gender and Irish culture

Chair: Dr Tomas Finn, NUIG

o Eleanor O'Leary - Women, desire and modernity in 1950s Ireland

o Finola Doyle-O'Neill - The role and representation of women on Irish television in the 1960s

o Claire McGing - Gender and candidate success in Irish general elections

3.30-3.45: Tea/coffee

3.45-5.15: Panel 4: Gender and work

Chair: Dr John Borgonovo, UCC

o Mary Hawkins - No fire in their room? General nurses and local government, 1922-42

o Mary Muldowney - Costlier than the male? The gendered nature of pension provision for women railway workers in 1930s Ireland

o Kevin G Davison and Amy McDonald - The Irish male teacher and role models for boys: contradictions of desire and panic

5.15-6.00: Keynote address by Dr. Myrtle Hill, QUB

8.00: Conference dinner at the Harbour Hotel

Conference programme: Saturday 24th of March

9.30-11.00: Panel 5: Women's movements

Chair: Dr Caitriona Clear, NUIG

o Gillian McLelland - Margaret Byers and Women's Work for Women

o John Borgonovo - Gender, nationalism and the Cumann na mBan in Cork, 1914-22

o James Curry - ‘All workers, all women, divided by our own near-sightedness': an examination of the gender ideology of the Irish Women Workers' Union, 1911-1915

11.00-11.30: Tea/coffee break

11.30-1.30: Panel 6: Gender and parenting

Chair: Dr Kevin Davison, NUIG

o Emma O'Toole - Promoting health, strength and beauty to their offspring - Women's role in the management and nurture of their infants in early nineteenth century Ireland'

o Sarah-Anne Buckley - Gendering blame? An examination of gender in cases involving offences against children in Ireland, 1900-1950

o Mary Murphy - From male bread winner to mother-worker: Gender and Irish social security

o Aidan Cooney - Irish fathers parenting experiences with their disabled child, an exploratory study

1.30-2.30: Lunch

2.30-4.00: Panel 7: Gender and Irish literature II

Chair: Dr Rebecca Anne Barr, NUIG

o Katharina Walter - Pomegranates and other temptations: the myth of Ceres and Proserpine in contemporary Irish women's poetry

o Nguyen Nhat Tuan - In Search of Contemporary Irish man: representations of masculinity in Irish chick lit and its Vietnamese translation

o Marion Krauthaker-Ringa - Love the sinner, hate the saint! Tortured feminine psyche in Edna O'Brien's 2011 Short Stories

4.00-4.15: Closing remarks: Dr Laura Kelly, NUIG