EVENT: Understanding the ‘Irish’ Family: New Research and Perspectives

Irish Writers’ Centre
19 Parnell Square N
Dublin 1

Friday, 9 January 2015 from 14:00 to 17:00

On eventbrite.

This Public Forum and Panel Discussion will present a range of new research on the changing nature of family life in Ireland over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. The panel presenters are the authors of essays in a new collection to be launched at this event, entitled ‘The ‘Irish’ Family’ (London: Routledge, 2015) edited by Linda Connolly.  Click ‘attend event’ to view full programme.

The panel contributors bring new, innovative knowledge to the field by providing empirically grounded studies and new data in relation to a number of arenas (including, marriage, divorce, class, gender, motherhood, sexualities, emotional life, migration/emigration, race and ethnicity, children and young people, generations and the impact of technology on family life).

Key questions addressed include: Where does Ireland ‘fit’ in relation to the prevailing trends in 21st century family life apparent in other European societies? What are the distinctive features of ‘the family’ in Ireland? Is the ‘Irish’ family an institution in crisis and decline? Or, is it merely evolving, adapting and transforming into a plurality of more diverse family forms? What myths are perpetuated in relation to Irish families? Is it the case that conventional marriage no longer has a monopoly on family life? And what do we actually mean by ‘the Irish’ family?

Speakers include: 

Locating ‘the Irish Family’: New Trends and Research Questions

Linda Connolly 

Marriage, Fertility and Social Class in 20th Century Ireland

Carmel Hannan 

The Family in Ireland in the New Millennium

Tony Fahey

Family and the Meaning of Life in Contemporary Ireland

Tom Inglis

A Premature Farewell to Gender? Young People ‘Doing Boy/Girl’

Pat O’Connor

Non-sectarian Mothering in Belfast: the Emotional Quality of Change

Lisa Smyth

‘One of the best members of the family’:

Continuity and Change in Young Children’s Relationships with their Grandparents

Ruth Geraghty, Jane Gray and David Ralph

 Children, Cousins and Clans: the Role of Extended Family and Kinship in the Lives of Children in Returning Irish Migrant Families

Caitríona Ní Laoire

 ‘Going home’ To Where the Heart Is: Mixed International Families in the Republic of Ireland

Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain (to be confirmed)

Staying Connected: Irish Lesbian and Gay Narratives of Family

Róisín Ryan-Flood

 Untangling the Wired Family: the impact of technology on 21st century families

Ciarán McCullagh

The ‘Irish’ Family’ volume will be launched after the panel discussions at 5pm. ALL WELCOME.

NOTE: Places for the public forum are limited so advance registration on eventbrite is essential.

Full programme to follow.


HELP: University of York research study – women’s experiences of termination of pregnancy

From email:


I work in the Sociology Department at the University of York and I’m getting in touch to ask whether your group might be able to help circulate/publicise information about a research project that I am running?

The project is funded by the Wellcome Trust (a UK research charity) and is using interviews to explore women’s and health professionals’ experiences of abortion provision in England. I am inviting women aged 18 or over, who have had a termination of pregnancy within the last 6 months, to participate in an interview about their experiences. The aim of the interviews is to allow women to tell their stories in their own words and to explore what this experience has meant to them. Interviews are strictly confidential and women will not be identified. The study has been ethically reviewed and approved by the University of York Economics, Law, Management, Politics and Sociology Research Ethics Committee.

I am trying to find ways to publicise information about the project to women, so that those for whom this is relevant can decide for themselves whether they want to contact me about taking part in an interview. I wondered whether you might be willing to circulate the advert (pasted below this message and also included as an attachment flyer) around your mailing lists, and perhaps post the information on your webpage?

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EVENT: What does a feminist (academic) look like?

Via email:

What does a feminist (academic) look like?

A workshop exploring the embodiment of feminist academic identity with guest speaker Mari K Niemi
Monday 17th June 12-3pm (bring your lunch!)
Graham Hills 509, University of Strathclyde http://www.strath.ac.uk/visiting/

Please register and confirm attendance by 31 May by emailing Kirsty Alexander: kirsty.alexander@strath.ac.uk

EVENT: King’s College London Summer School 2013 – ‘Queer Streets of London’ (22nd July to 9th August)

King’s College London Summer School 2013 – Deadline for Applications 15th May

‘Queer Streets of London’, 22nd July – 9th August

London has had a long and storied history of sexual dissidence. From the gender ambiguity of Shakespearean theatre, to the scandal of the Oscar Wilde trials, to the groundbreaking films of Derek Jarman, the city has been at the forefront of queer activism and academia, a touchstone for LGBT urban life. Situated in the heart of London, King’s College remains an epicentre of queer theorising in Britain.

Queer theory seeks to illuminate the ways sexuality is constructed, articulated and experienced in historically and culturally specific ways. How is desire shaped by the discourses which surround it? How are gender and sexuality performed and maintained through the policing of dissident bodies? And through the embodiment of hierarchies, exclusions and normativities, how has the queer political landscape changed over the past century? This course offers an exciting chance to think about queer theory in the very places, spaces and environments which have constituted its intellectual arrival and witnessed its effects.

This 3 week short course will introduce the grounding tenets of queer theory, set against the experiences of those queer men and women who have lived and loved in the streets of London. Reading theory in conjunction with literature and history we seek to unpack the social, cultural and political contexts under which sexuality operates and draw on exciting case studies from a number of sources, fostering an interdisciplinary approach. This course shall include visits to the Museum of London and the Victoria and Albert Museum to view their collections of objects with queer histories, as well as offer opportunities to experience the queer streets of the bustling metropolis.

For all the information relating to this course

Visit us: www.kcl.ac.uk/study/summerschool/courses/ArtsLiterature-and-Culture.aspx

and click on Queer Streets of London

Contact us: summerschool@kcl.ac.uk

ACTION: “Call to arms”: Women take on BBC over failure to get female experts on air (thewomensroom.org.uk)

This is important and I urge to you sign up.

A new website dedicated to media-friendly female experts has been launched in the wake of an embarrassing failure by the BBC to find a woman analyst to debate breast cancer treatment on Radio 4.

John Humphrys, presenter of the Today programme, was reduced during an on-air discussion last week to asking a male contributor to imagine that he was a woman because no female experts had been available. Caroline Criado-Perez, a freelance journalist and blogger, immediately took to Twitter and found several female experts within minutes. “Again and again, the BBC doesn’t try hard enough,” she said. “Seemingly, it doesn’t think fair representation is particularly important.” This weekend Criado-Perez, 28, is overseeing the official launch of thewomensroom.org.uk. She and her co-founder, Catherine Smith, hope the website will become a constantly expanding register of women who have personal experiences to relate and relevant expertise. A trial run last week, as Women Unite, was an immediate success as more than 40 women signed up in 48 hours, with expertise in standup comedy, entrepreneurship, new media, personal finance, domestic violence, trade unions and feminism. Criado-Perez and Smith hope that female virtuosos of engineering, motor racing, science, maths, medicine and bridge building will eventually come forward or be nominated.

[Read more: guardian and find the link to sign up here.]