Staging the Incarcerated Female Body: Records and Representations

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The Mick Lally Theatre

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This symposium examines the intersections of official records and cultural representations regarding women’s experience in modern Ireland.

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10am: Registration

Beginning of performance art encounters throughout the theatre

10.15: Opening Remarks : Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President, NUI Galway

Dr Miriam Haughton, Drama and Theatre Studies

10.45 – 11.30: The Tuam Oral Histories Project

Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley and Dr John Cunningham, History, NUI Galway

11.30 – 12.15: Women and Illegal Adoption

Conall Ó Fátharta, Journalist, Irish Examiner

12.15 – 1.00: Archiving institutionalisation: Legacies and Limitations

Dr Barry Houlihan, Archivist, NUI Galway

1.00 – 2.00: Light lunch provided , Performance encounters ongoing

2.00 – 2.45: Performing Women’s ‘Deviant’ Bodies

Dr Áine Phillips, Lecturer and Performance Artist (Burren College of Art)

2.45 – 3.15: Writing Women’s Internal Landscapes

Elaine Feeney, Poet and Novelist

3.15 – 4.00: Bodies of Evidence: Reading Mad Flesh

Dr Anna Harpin (Warwick)

4.00 – 4.30:Concluding remarks

Recommended Reading and Viewing

Lee Daniels (dir), Precious, Lionsgate, 2009

Caelainn Hogan, Republic of Shame, Penguin, 2019

Conall Ó Fátharta, ‘State’s Reaction is to Deny, Delay and to Buy Silence’, The Irish Examiner

Catherine Corless, ‘The Home’, Journal of the Old Tuam Society, 2012. (A copy of this can be emailed in advance to all registered attendees)

Elaine Feeney, ‘History Lesson’ in Rise, Salmon Poetry, 2017. Accessible online:

Kara Fox, ‘For decades, Ireland’s mother and baby homes were shrouded in secrecy.’ CNN, 9 September 2019.

Sponsored by: NUI Galway College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies Research Support Scheme, Drama and Theatre Studies, Gender ARC

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