Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society


Behind the Lines

Women, War and Letters, 1880-1922

Date: 9 and 10 June 2012
Time: 11:00 to 17:00
Venue: Plassey House, University of Limerick

Plenary Speakers:
Professor Lucy McDiarmid (Montclair State University)
Professor Matthew Campbell (University of York)
Evening Reading:
Lia Mills

The University of Limerick will host this two-day literary conference to explore the conjunctions of gender and the wars that dominated the public sphere in many places (Ireland prominently among them) in the period. It is organised as part of the Identities, Sexualities and Masculinities research cluster within the UL/NUIG Gender ARC.

Speakers coming from seven countries will delivering papers on a wide range of topics. The plenary speakers are Professor Lucy McDiarmid (Montclair State University), who will give a paper titled ‘Undressing on the Asgard: Very Private Places in Irish Women's War Memoirs’, and Professor Matthew Campbell (University of York) who will speak on ‘Dora Sigerson's Sad Years’. The conference will also host readings by author Lia Mills (whose novels include Another Alice and Nothing Simple) and Honor O Brolcháin (editor of All in the Blood, the memoirs of Geraldine Plunkett Dillon).

In conjunction with the conference, the Glucksman Library will host an exhibition and reception in Special Collections to showcase holdings of relevant manuscripts and early books.

For further information, contact Yvonne O’Keeffe:

Conference organisers: Professor Margaret Mills Harper (UL), Dr. Tina O’Toole (UL), Dr. Muireann O Cinneide (NUIG).

Supported by UL Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Seed Funding; the Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society; and the NUI Galway Millennium Research Fund.

Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society