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“The M.Phil. year was one of the best years of my life”
Cathy Cregan, M.Phil. Student, 2001-02

Welcome to the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies

Kathy Prendergast, Untitled, 1985, watercolour, 56.5 x 75.6 cm, TCD Collections.

Kathy Prendergast, Untitled, 1985, watercolour, 56.5 x 75.6 cm, TCD Collections

The Centre for Women's Studies was established in Trinity College in July, 1988. In 1999, in order to reflect the increasing diversity of its interests in areas such as sexualities and masculinities, the Centre expanded its title and remit to become the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies. In 2005, the Centre became a full member of the School of Histories and Humanities. According to a 2006 evaluation, ‘Trinity is now the academically strongest Gender and Women's Studies Centre in Ireland'

Since its inception, the Centre has developed and sustained an M.Phil programme and a doctoral programme of the highest quality, has undertaken significant research activities and engaged in both innovative and traditional community outreach. Members of the Centre are recognised both nationally and throughout the EU for their expertise on gender issues.

Dr. Catherine Lawless

Director/Academic Co-ordinator

News & Events

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orientality Dr. Mary Healy, of the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, is one of the invited speaker at a conference entitled
Orientality: Beyond Foreign Affairs
taking place at theNational Portrait Gallery London, 2-3 June 2015
Organised by the Orientalist Museum, Qatar Museum Authority.

'Vulnerability and Resistance Revisited' a public lecture by Professor Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley) hosted by the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Trinity College Dublin, 5th February 2015. Welcome by Dr. Catherine Lawless (Director, CGWS). Introduced and chaired by Dr. Tina Kinsella (CGWS). Panel respondents (in the order of speaking on the podcast): Noirin MacNamara (Queen’s University, Belfast), Dr Noreen Giffney (Birckbeck, University of London), Dr Noel Fitzpatrick (GradCAM, Dublin Institute of Technology), Dr Carmen Kuhling (University of Limerick), Dr Mary Condren (CGWS) and Michael O’Rourke (Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Skopje).

IRCHSS logoThe Irish Research Council has launched its 2015 Postgraduate Research Scholarship scheme. Both prospective and continuing PhD students can apply. If you want to apply for IRC-funding to do a PhD in TCD, please contact your intended supervisor as soon as possible. The IRC application deadline is 11 Feb 2015 but the internal TCD vetting deadline will be earlier. Prospective PhD students must also apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme through TCD's application portal, by 11 Feb 2015.


Last updated 27 May 2015 Email: lawlessc@tcd.ie (Email).