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Day School: Gender, memory and oral history/ narratives of the self (16 April 2004)

Posted on April 16, 2004 by Administrator

Time: Friday, 16 April 2004

Venue: Wood Room, Plassey House, 9.30- 5.00

Speakers: Angela Bourke, UCD; Anna Bryson, Trinity College Dublin; Maura Cronin, MIC; Breda Gray, UL; Liz Kiely, UCC; Yvonne McKenna, UL; Sinead McDermott, UL; Íde O’Carroll, UL.


Narratives of the self, as Sally Alexander (1994, p. 234) argues, tell us ‘something of what has been forgotten in cultural memory’ because they ‘always describe or rehearse a history full of affective subjectivity’. Other feminist writers draw attention to memory and narratives of the self as agents of social change and a basis for ‘advocacy scholarship’ (Berger Gluck, 1991, p. 222). Narratives of the self, therefore, open up spaces for examining the formation of gendered subjects. They also provide clues to the nature of remembering and how it binds individuals into gendered subjectivities and collectivities. This day school builds on an identified research interest amongst faculty and post-graduate students in Women’s Studies at UL and aims to generate discussion and exchange of ideas.

Some of the questions we hope to address during the colloquium include:

  • What do we mean when we say memories are gendered ?
  • How does the gendering of memory impact on narratives of the self?
  • Can we understand how memory might be gendered without attending to notions of gendered experience and gendered language?
  • Is remembering dependent on gender?
  • If memory is often seen as having a stabilising function, in what ways might it also be a stimulus for change?
  • Do women and men form separate memory communities?
  • If memory is embodied, how is it inflected by gendered bodies?

    Places at this workshop will be limited. If you are interested please contact Breda Gray, breda.gray@ul.ie; Tel: 061-234207; or Anne McCarthy, anne.mccarthy@ul.ie