Dr James Smith (Boston College) -“A Book’s Afterlife: The Ryan Report, and State Interaction with the Magdalene Laundries”

Room AC201

Date & Time
22nd March, 2012 @ 18:00:00

The Department of History, NUI, Galway, and the Moore Institute invite you to a talk by

Dr James Smith (Boston College)

Titled "A Book's Afterlife: The Ryan Report, and State Interaction with the Magdalene Laundries"

Thursday 22, March at 18.00 in AC201

James M. Smith is an Associate Professor in the English Department and Irish Studies Program at Boston College. He has published articles in Signs, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, Éire-Ireland, and ELH. His book, Ireland's Magdalen Laundries and the Nation's Architecture of Containment (Notre Dame 2007: Manchester 2008) was awarded the 2007 Donald Murphy prize for distinguished first book from the American Conference for Irish Studies. He serves on the Advisory Committee of Justice for Magdalenes (JFM), where he co-wrote the groups' submission to the Irish Human Rights Commission. His submission, "Justice for Magdalenes: A Narrative of State Interaction," is currently being considered by Ireland's Minister for Justice and the Irish Government's Inter-Departmental Committee on the Magdalene Laundries. He also co-edited a special double issue of Eire-Ireland addressing Irish Childhood (44: 1&2 [2009]) and edited Two Irish National Tales: Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent and Sydney Owenson's The Wild Irish Girl (Boston, 2005).