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Muireann O'Cinneide, Tina O'Toole (UL) & Margaret Harper (UL)
Behind the Lines: Women, War & Letters, 1880-1922
International two-day conference on conceptions of political, national, literary and/or gendered conflict in women’s writing of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
University of Limerick
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“Behind the Lines: Women, War & Letters, 1880-1922”, hosted by the University of Limerick & the National University of Ireland, Galway, took place from 9th-10th June 2012 at Plassey House, UL. The conference emerged from the “Women, War & Letters” research cluster, founded by Professor Margaret Mills Harper (UL), Dr Tina O’Toole (UL) and Dr Muireann O’Cinneide (NUIG) in 2011, in association with the NUIG-UL Gender ARC (Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society). It was supported by the UL Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Seed Funding; the Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society; and the NUI Galway Millennium Research Fund.Conference Report:Approximately fifty people attended the international two-day event, with speakers from Ireland, the U.K., France, Belgium, Canada and the U.S.A. giving papers on conflicts such as the Boer Wars, the Easter Rising, and the First World War as well as societal and political divisions, and on gendered issues such as the roles played by women in wartime, the ways in which writing redefines concepts of femininity and masculinity, and the connections between national identity, conflict and gender. Plenary addresses were offered by Professor Lucy McDiarmid, Montclair State University, offering a fresh perspective on the Easter Rising with her examination of women’s memoirs in “Undressing on the Asgard: Very Private Places in Irish Women's War Memoirs”; and Professor Matthew Campbell, “University of York”, linking Thomas Hardy and Dora Sigerson’s poetry of grief and haunting with the practices of war memorialising in “Dora Sigerson and the Hardys in the Sad Years”. A reception was held on the evening of Saturday 9th in the Glucksman Library, during which the Special Collections Librarian, Ken Bergin, launched an exhibition of letters and photographs from the Daly Papers held in the Library. This was followed by a talk from the writer and editor Honor O Brolcháin, “The Cushion Stuffed with Guncotton”, regarding the memoirs of her grandmother, Geraldine Plunkett Dillon, and then a reading by the novelist and artist Lia Mills from her work in progress, Fallen – a historical novel of the Rising.
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