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Queer Theory Critical Theories of Sexuality

Posted on May 15, 2009 by Administrator

The Gender, Culture & Society Seminars @ UL


An Informal, Interdisciplinary Discussion about Critical Theories of Sexuality

Queer Theory

Critical Theories of Sexuality
Thursday 30 April 2009
1.30-4 pm
University of Limerick

Introduced and Facilitated by

Dr Anne Mulhall (University College Dublin)

This seminar provides an opportunity to discuss some of the critical theories of sexuality proffered by queer theory. The session centres on two readings in an effort to generate discussion and debate. Following a short, informal introduction (10-15 mins.) to the readings by Dr Anne Mulhall, we will have ample time to explore the contents in detail and discuss the issues and questions they raise. Whether you are a practitioner of queer theory or have read nothing on the subject, this seminar will be of interest to you if you have ever wondered about the way in which desire and sexuality are represented in culture and society and the ways in which gender and sexual identity impact on how we conduct our lives. The new Gender, Culture and Society Seminar Series @ UL offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere within which to consider issues that matter to us while supporting and forwarding theoretical work in an interdisciplinary environment.

Required Reading

Noreen Giffney, ‘The “q” Word’, in Noreen Giffney and Michael O’Rourke (eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009).
Anne Mulhall, ‘Camping up the Emerald Isle: “Queerness” in Irish Popular Culture’, in Wanda Balzano, Anne Mulhall and Moynagh Sullivan (eds.), Irish Postmodernisms and Popular Culture (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

These readings are available via email from


1.30 pm Welcome and introductions
2.00 pm Anne Mulhall, introduction to the theme of the seminar
2.15 pm Discussion of seminar readings and theme of the seminar more widely
4 pm Thanks and close of seminar.


Anne Mulhall is College Lecturer in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin, where she coordinates the MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture. Her research and teaching interests include gender and sexuality studies, feminist and queer theory, women’s writing and cultural production in Ireland, and contemporary Irish popular culture. She has published and forthcoming articles on queer theory and Irish studies, gender and constructions of national identity in Irish literary journals, and the marketing of spirituality in contemporary Irish culture, and essays on the work of Anne Enright and Paula Meehan. She has co-edited (with Moynagh Sullivan and Wanda Balzano) Irish Postmodernisms and Popular Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and is co-editing (with Gerardine Meaney and Maria Luddy) an interdisciplinary volume on women in Irish culture and history. She has also worked as a research fellow for the AHRC project Women in Irish Culture and History 1800-2005: A Bibliographical Database.

Gender, Culture & Society Seminars @ UL

The Gender, Culture & Society (GCS) seminar series at the University of Limerick, Ireland runs in tandem with the new MA in Gender, Culture and Society, convened by Women’s Studies in the Department of Sociology. GCS aims to revisit debates within gender and sexuality studies in order to celebrate, challenge and rethink them by pushing the field in new directions. GCS is committed to supporting highly theoretical work and pioneering efforts in the areas of gender and sexuality. All speakers are invited and include thinkers whose work has had or will have a formidable influence on the development of critical theory and gender and sexuality. The emphasis is on discussion.

These events are free and everyone is welcome, however, pre-registration is necessary because places are limited. Early registration is advised.

For further information, please contact:

Noreen Giffney
Tel: +353-61-213128