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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 consortium with colleagues in NUI Galway via Gender ARC (
  • To contribute to and support local community research projects and programmes.

Gender, Culture & Society 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; the Ireland Funds; IRCHSS doctoral and post-doctoral awards; IRCHSS project awards; the Mid-Western Health Board; the Bernard Van Leer Foundation; Údarás na Gaeltachta and the UL Foundation.

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: