Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society


Ireland and Masculinities in the Longue Durée

Project Description

In recent years, scholars of culture and literature have begun to elaborate on masculinities in the contemporary Irish context. While providing an invaluable starting point for discussion of Irish masculinities, these studies have tended to focus on the postmodern, with highly theoretical emphases in the findings. Moreover, normative and hegemonic masculinities remain largely unquestioned, and historical contexts and continuities are often ignored or neglected.

This groundbreaking symposium will attempt to bring the history of Irish masculinities into focus. We aim to bring together for the first time scholars working in history, literature, culture, and sociology, in Medieval, Early Modern, Modern and Contemporary time period specialisms in the fields of gender and masculinities. The symposium will explore connections, continuities, changes and dissonances in masculinities in relation to Ireland, and will explore these themes diachronically. To this end, contributors need to be willing to present and discuss their research in thematically orientated panels that discuss their subject across time periods. This will move discussion of masculinities beyond the synchronic emphases upon 'crisis' and the presentist perspective, and foster scholarship that is genuinely interdisciplinary.

Project Details

Principal Investigators:

Dr Rebecca Anne Barr


Dr Sean Brady (Birkbeck, London)
Dr Jane McGaughey (Concordia, Canada)

External Partners:



From: 19 August 2013
To: 20 August 2013

Grant Source:

Moore Institute NUIG and Millennium Funding

Grant Amount:


Project Outputs

Peer-reviewed research papers will result – data still being collected.
Volume with Routledge Series Genders and Sexualities in History
Two-day conference in August 2013

Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society