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What Is Gender, Culture & Society?

Gender, Culture & Society teaching and research at UL builds on a long tradition of Women’s Studies scholarship and research at UL. Gender, Culture & Society activities take place across disciplines, departments and faculties. Our teaching and research focuses on developing knowledge about women and gender relations as these intersect with class, ‘race’, sexuality, age, ethnicity and other categories and processes of stratification and difference. All aspects of social, cultural, political and economic life can be researched from a Gender, Culture & Society perspective.

  • To promote an active interdisciplinary research culture via our two identified research groups; post-doctoral and PhD programmes; our taught MA in Gender, Culture & Society, post-graduate seminar series; reading groups; colloquia, conferences and other events
  • To develop Gender, Culture & Society teaching via specific modules in undergraduate programmes and by ‘mainstreaming’ the study of gender and sexuality in a wide range of programmes throughout the university
  • To build on and expand scholarly links and collaborative research with colleagues across faculties at UL, in other universities in Ireland and internationally
  • To continue to develop and expand our research activities in the Gender Arc cluster at UL and in collaboration with Gender Arc colleagues at NUIG.
  • To contribute to and support local community research projects and programmes.
Gender Arc faculty at UL have been successful in obtaining research funding from: Atlantic Philanthropies; the Higher Education Authority (PRTLI(1)); HEA North-South programme; European Social Fund; Fulbright, CAROLINE, IRCHSS doctoral and post-doctoral awards; IRCHSS project awards; Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad; COST actions; the Mid-Western Health Board; Marie Curie; the Bernard Van Leer Foundation; the Ireland Funds; Údarás na Gaeltachta and the UL Foundation.
Previous Post-Doctoral Researchers
  • Dr Niamh Reilly: Established Professor in Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland Galway.
  • Dr Morgan Healey: Reporting Analyst, Government of New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission.
  • Dr Yvonne McKenna: Former Director of Volunteer Centres Ireland; Currently, Chief Executive Officer, President of Ireland Gaisce Awards.
  • Dr Judy Rohrer: Director Women’s and Gender Studies Eastern Washington University USA, Director of Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (ICSR), Western Kentucky University; Research Scholar, Beatrice Bain Research Group, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Dr Willa Murphy: Lecturer in Irish Writing in English, University of Ulster.
  • Dr Alexandra Leontieva: Translator

Previous Visiting Scholars

  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Professor Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University, USA.
  • Professor Eithne Luibhéid, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Arizona, USA.
  • Dr Anne Oakman, Queen’s University, Belfast.
  • Dr Elizabeth D. Leonard, Vanguard University, California. Visiting Fellow in Women’s Studies.

Distinguished International Speakers Include: 

  • Abena Busia, Professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University
  • Agnes Walsh, Canadian actor, poet, playwright and storyteller from Newfoundland
  • Amanda Coogan acclaimed contemporary Irish artist, working in performance, live art, sculpture and installation
  • Angelika Bammer, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature, German, & Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ann Pheonix, Professor of Psychosocial Studies, University of London
  • Anne Jamison, Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, as well as Deputy Director of the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University
  • Auxiliadora Pérez Vides, Senior Lecturer at the Department of English, University of Huelva, Spain
  • Beverley Skeggs; Academic Director, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics & Political Science
  • Carolyn Steedman, Emeritus Professor in the University of Warwick History Department
  • Catherine Marshall, art historian, curator and critical writer, she was adviser to the Arts Council's Touring Experiment and she was appointed as first head of collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 1995
  • Chamion Caballero, Visting Senior Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London and Director and co-founder of the Mix-d Museum, an online archive dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the history of mixed race couples, families and people in Britain
  • Diane Perrons, Professor Emerita in Feminist Political Economy, Department of Gender Studies, The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Diane Urquhart, Professor, Reader, Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool; • Doris Ruth Eikhof, Associate Professor in Work and Employment, Deputy Director, CAMEo Research Institute, University of Leceister
  • Eileen Trauth, Professor of Information Sciences & Technology at the Pennsylvania State University
  • Eithne Luibhéid, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona • Elizabeth D. Leonard, John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History at Colby College in Waterville, Maine
  • Enrica Capussotti, research fellow at the Department of History of the University of Siena
  • G. Linda Rafnsdóttir, Pro-Rector of Science and Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Iceland
  • Geertje Mak, Associate Professor of Gender History at the Radboud University since 2005. Since September 2016 she is Professor by special appointment Political History of Gender at the Amsterdam University
  • Germaine Greer, Australian writer and public intellectual, regarded as one of the major voices of the second-wave feminist movement
  • Griselda Pollock, Professor of the Social and Critical Histories of Art in the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies and Director for the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History (CATH) at the University of Leeds
  • Helen Peterson, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg
  • Iain Morland, Lecturer in Cultural Criticism at Cardiff University
  • Ildney Cavalcanti, Associate Professor, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil
  • Imogen Tyler, Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University
  • Jack Halberstam, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California
  • Jackie Stacey, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Manchester
  • Jairo Lugo-Ocando, lecturer and Deputy Director of the Centre for Freedom of the Media at the University of Sheffield
  • Jane Kilby, Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies, University of Salford
  • Joanna Zylinska, Professor of New Media and Communications, and Co-Head of the Department of Media and Communications, at Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Louise Ryan Professorial Research Fellow, Department of Sociological Studies, • University of Sheffield
  • Julia Brannen, FRSA, FAcSS, Professor of the Sociology of the Family , the Institute of Education, University of London
  • Katerina Kitsi Mitakou, Professor in English and Gender Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Katie Milestone, Senior Lecturer, sociology, media and cultural studies, Department of Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago
  • Linda McKie, Head of SPS/Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
  • Linda Williams, Professor in the Departments of Film Studies and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Linda Woodhead, professor specialising in the religious studies and sociology of religion, Lancaster University
  • Lisa Adkins, Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor (2015-19) and Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at The University of Sydney
  • Lisa Baraitser, Professor in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London; • Lisa Mckenzie, sociologist and lecturer in sociological practice at Middlesex University
  • Lorraine Nencel, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, VU University Amsterdam
  • Louise Morley AcSS, Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER), at the University of Sussex
  • Louise Ryan, Professorial Research Fellow, The University of Sheffield
  • Maebh McGuckian, acclaimed poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland; • Magdalena Nowika, Professor for Migration and Transnationalism at the Humboldt University Berlin
  • Magrit Shildrick, Guest Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production at ERG, Stockholm University, and Visiting Professor of Critical Disability Studies at York University, Toronto
  • Mary Nash, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Barcelona
  • Nicola Mai, Professor of Sociology and Migration Studies, Kingston University
  • Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill acclaimed poet writing in the Irish language
  • Pascale Dufour, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Montreal
  • Patricia MacCormack, Professor of Continental Philosophy in English and Media at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
  • Paula Meehan, Irish poet and playwright, installed as the Ireland Professor of Poetry by President Michael D. Higgins in September 2013
  • Peggy Levitt, Chair and Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College; Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies; Co-Director of the Transnational Studies Initiative at Harvard University; Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Raffaella Baccolini, Professor at Bologna University, her research areas are contemporary and twentieth-century American and English Literature as well as gender studies
  • Reina Lewis, Professor of Cultural Studies at London College of Fashion since 2006, joining from her previous post at University of East London where she was also Professor of Cultural Studies
  • Roisin Ryan Flood, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Director of the Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship (CISC) at the University of Essex
  • Susie Orbach, British psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic
  • Suzan Lewis, Professor of Organizational Psychology at Middlesex University
  • Thamar Melanie Heijstra, Senior Lecturer (UK) / Associate Professor (USA), Faculty of Sociology, Anthropology and Folkloristics, University of Iceland
  • Tracey Jensen, Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Lancaster
  • Willemijn Ruberg, Associate Professor in Cultural History at Utrecht University; • Yafa Shanneik, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Birmingham.

We welcome applications from students and scholars who are interested in visiting Ireland for either shorter or longer term visits and who are keen to pursue their research in a supportive gender studies academic environment. Research connected with the themes and ongoing projects at UL are particularly welcome. Applicants need, however, to acquire their own funding, and acceptance depends on availability of office space at the time of application. Contact: