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  • 7 March - Dr Aleksandra Derra (Nicolaus Copernicus University and CGWS, TCD). 'Brain, Women and Cognition. Neurofeminism and its basic aims'. 4.00, room PX.2.1, Phoenix House, 5-7 South Leinster Street, TCD. To find the room, please take the first lift to level M1 and follow the corridor to room PX2.1. If taking the stairs, take the stairs on the left-hand side of the lobby as you enter.
  • 10 March - Ms Ellie Kisyombe, 'Sustenance and Direct Provision'. Ms Kisyombe will talk about her experiences as an asylum seeker in Ireland and as a volunteers with the Irish Refugee Council on the End Direct Provision campaign. 6.00-8.00, Global Room, Watts Building, TCD (east end of campus). We will celebrate the end of the week with this talk and a reception.
  • 21 March - Dr Carol Baxter (CGWS) 'Women and Decision-making in politics', 5.00, room PX.2.1, Phoenix House, 5-7 South Leinster Street, TCD. Dr Baxter is research fellow at CGWS and a civil servant.

Previous Events

9 December 2015. 'Other Bodies: Late Medieval Tuscan Sanctity and the Body', Dr Catherine Lawless, as part of the Medical and Health Humanities Initiative, at 6.00, Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD.

Collusion, Subversion & Survival: Women in Medieval Irish History (c.500-1500), Friday 13- Saturday 14 November 2015, Trinity Long Room Hub

Gender, Medicine and the Body, 13-14 March 2015. A conference organized by Dr Ciara Breathnach of the University of Limerick and Drs Catherine Lawless and Ailish Veale of CGWS, held in Trinity Long Room Hub

Detail: A Young Emir Studying, 1878 by Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910). Oil on canvas, 45.5 x 90 cm, Louvre Abu Dhabi (Opening 2015).
Reproduction courtesy of TCA Abu Dhabi.  Louvre Abu Dhabi. Photo: Agence Photo F.
The Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity College Dublin Presents:
East-West Dialogue in Art History and Visual Culture Europe, North Africa and the Middle East
An International Symposium at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin in association with the Chester Beatty Library, Ireland.
Thursday, 13 November 2014

Dr Mary Healy Congratulations to CGWS Research Associate Dr Mary Healy and her successful applications to the IRC New Foundations Awards
20th Mar 2014

Gender and Visual Art - seminars in collaboration with the Department of History of Art and Architecture, TCD
13 March, 6.00, TRIARC (The Irish Art Research Centre, TCD)
Dr Lynne Walker, of the Institute of Historical Research
'Going Public: Late Victorian Women, Identity and Space'
28 March, 6.00, TRIARC, Dr Mary Healy, of the Department of History, University of Limerick
'Reviving the Forgotten French Female Orientalist Painter'
29 March, 6.00, in TCD, Arts Block, room 5039, Dr Maria-Cruz de Carlos, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
'Images of Maternity in the Spanish Court'
11th March 2013

Calling all postgrads with an interest in gender! The Edgeways project, supported by TCD's Equality Fund and the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, will involve a day of workshops (Thursday, 2nd May) for Transition Year students on gender and the media. These workshops will be facilitated by TCD postgraduate students and located on the TCD campus.
March 5th 2013

Tuesday, 16th April: Bloody Footprints: the Anatomy of violence against women

The Tweedy Family and Centre for Gender & Women's Studies invites you to the 2013 Tweedy Lecture by Pelin Batu entitled: "Bloody Footprints: the Anatomy of violence against women". The lecture will take place at 12 noon in the Trinity Long Room Hub.

Event Programme:
12pm - Lecture
1pm - Launch of the Hilda Tweedy Archive website 1.30pm - Buffet Lunch

The Hilda and Robert Tweedy Lecture Series consist of biennial lectures alternatively addressing peace, gender and human rights, and environmental issues. These topics reflect long-time interests of Hilda and Robert Tweedy. The Lecture Series was set up in their memory by Dr. Jean M. Tweedy Walker, a Trinity alumna and daughter of Hilda and Robert.

About the speaker:
Pelin Batu was born in 1978. After graduating from Marymount School, she studied drama and literature at New York University. She received her B.A in history and M.A. in Western Languages and Literature from Bosphorus University. She received her PHD in Literature at Bosphorus University. She has had a number of notable performances in theatre and films. Pelin has published two works of poetry. She is currently a columnist in the notable daily newspaper Milliyet. Pelin Batu is an active environmental activist. She has lectured extensively throughout rural Anatolia with several NGOs.


Calling all postgrads with an interest in gender!
The Edgeways project, supported by TCD's Equality Fund and the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, will involve a day of workshops for Transition Year students on gender and the media. These workshops will be facilitated by TCD postgraduate students and located on the TCD campus.

We are now recruiting volunteer PG facilitators from across the faculties - so whether you are interested in gender from a legal, literary, philosophical, psychological, neuroscientific, medical or other perspective, we would love to hear from you. Facilitators will be asked to attend two training/ planning sessions (March/ April), as well as being present on the day of the workshops (Thurs 2 May 2013).

Participating postgraduate facilitators will have their teaching styles challenged and varied by the need to find methods suited to a younger and more diverse audience than that of typical undergraduate classrooms. During the training sessions, expert assistance on this will be provided. They will also have the opportunity for significant cross-disciplinary and cross-faculty networking.

Participating TY students, who come from a disadvantaged school, will be introduced to themes and methods of gender analysis not usually present in the secondary school syllabus, while also being welcomed to TCD and encouraged to consider the possibilities of university education.
If interested, please send your name and department to Emer Delaney at



Monday 4th March: "Monsters of Creation": Snapshots of Women in Higher Education: Panel Discussion and Launch of the Women's Museum of Ireland

Shadows and Lights "A learned girl is one of the most intolerable monsters of creation" Saturday Review, 1869
Join us on March 4th as we kick off International Women's Week and celebrate the launch of the Women's Museum of Ireland. The Launch of the Women's Museum of Ireland will take place next Monday March 4th at 7pm in Trinity. The Women's Museum of Ireland, TCD Centre for Gender & Women's Studies & TCD Equality Office present "Monsters of Creation": Snapshots of Women in Higher Education

  • 7pm, Ui Chadhain Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College: Panel Discussion involving Professor Susan Parkes, Fellow Emeritus of TCD and editor of the book 'A Danger to the Men? A History of Women in Trinity College Dublin 1904-2004', Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness, Judge and Activist and TCD Graduate, Jean Sutton, recent TCD Graduate, Co-editor of Siren Magazine and founding member of the Women's Museum of Ireland. Chaired by Hannah McCarthy, Auditor College Historical Society.
  • 8pm, Long Room Hub, Trinity College: Launch of the Women's Museum of Ireland and "Monsters of Creation": Snapshots of Women in Higher Education exhibition with Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness
  • All welcome to attend.
    For further information please contact:,;
    Further details available on the Equality Office website.



    Wednesday 6th March: Shadows and Lights - Women and Visual Culture Event

    The Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Equality office, with the support of the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies invite you to an event entitled "Shadows and Lights - Women and Irish Visual Culture". The event forms a panel discussion to mark International Women's week (4th-8th March) and will take place on Wednesday 6th March from 7-8pm in the Emmet Theatre, Trinity College Dublin. The panel discussion will be chaired by Dr Angela Griffith, History of Art and Architecture Department, Trinity College Dublin with panellists; Geraldine O'Neill, ARHA, artist, Rowan Sexton, Independent curator and Catherine Marshall, Joint Editor, 20th Century Ireland, Dictionary of Irish Art & Architecture, Royal Irish Academy and former Head of Collections Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

    To a large extent, the focus of scholarship surrounding the question of women and Irish visual culture has, not unjustifiably, been one of recuperation by reintroducing audiences to earlier Irish women practitioners, educators and patrons, and addressing the (patriarchal) social constructs within which they operated. However, the primary aim of this panel discussion is to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution and agency of women in visual culture in Ireland today. A conscious decision was made to invite active practitioners and/or those who work directly with female practitioners, in particular with relation to curatorship. As the panelists discuss their professional experiences and individual perspectives, audiences will have a unique opportunity to engage with the contemporary issues surrounding women and Irish visual culture. The format, of panel presentations and audience participation, will provide an opportunity for synergistic discourses to emerge.

    This event, to mark International Women's Week, aims to create new levels of awareness of women's contributions to Irish visual culture and will ideally provide dynamic platforms for further exploration and debate.
    For further information please contact: or



    Mary BridgemanMary Bridgeman(PhD Student, CGWS) recently attended the 2011 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Association and the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association. Her paper entitled "Twi-hard": Violence and the Female Body in Stephanie Meyer's The Twilight Saga was awarded the Richard Tuerk "Out of This World" Paper Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy which recognizes an outstanding graduate essay presented in the Science Fiction and Fantasy area.

    Congratulations to Mary Cullen, who will be conferred with an Honorary Degree by NUI Maynooth on 8 June, 2011. Mary lectures in Organised Irish Feminism from 1860 - 1922 on the MPhil in Gender & Women's Studies.

    CGWS would like welcome all the participants who have signed up to take part in 'The Life History Digital Repository' project which is funded by the IRCHSS and co-ordinated by Dr. Kathleen McTiernan (Director CGWS 2010/11) and Deirdre O'Donnell (Research Unit, CGWS).

Last updated 11 December 2017 Email: (Email).