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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 activities in the Gender Arc cluster at UL and in collaboration with Gender Arc colleagues at NUIG.
  • To contribute to and support local community research projects and programmes.
Gender Arc 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; Fulbright, CAROLINE, IRCHSS doctoral and post-doctoral awards; IRCHSS project awards; Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad; COST actions; the Mid-Western Health Board; Marie Curie; the Bernard Van Leer Foundation; the Ireland Funds; Údarás na Gaeltachta and the UL Foundation.
Previous Post-Doctoral Researchers
  • Dr Niamh Reilly: Established Professor in Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland Galway.
  • Dr Morgan Healey: Reporting Analyst, Government of New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission.
  • Dr Yvonne McKenna: Former Director of Volunteer Centres Ireland; Currently, Chief Executive Officer, President of Ireland Gaisce Awards.
  • Dr Judy Rohrer: Director Women’s and Gender Studies Eastern Washington University USA, Director of Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (ICSR), Western Kentucky University; Research Scholar, Beatrice Bain Research Group, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Dr Willa Murphy: Lecturer in Irish Writing in English, University of Ulster.
  • Dr Alexandra Leontieva: Translator

Previous Visiting Scholars

  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Professor Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University, USA.
  • Professor Eithne Luibhéid, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Arizona, USA.
  • Dr Anne Oakman, Queen’s University, Belfast.
  • Dr Elizabeth D. Leonard, Vanguard University, California. Visiting Fellow in Women’s Studies.

Previous Distinguished Speakers Include: 

Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago;

Griselda Pollock, Professor of the Social and Critical Histories of Art in the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies and Director for the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History (CATH) at the University of Leeds;

Linda Williams, Professor in the Departments of Film Studies and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley;

Iain Morland, lecturer in cultural criticism at Cardiff University;

Lisa Baraitser, Lecturer in the School of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London;

Jack Halberstam, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California;

Lisa Adkins, Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor (2015-19) and Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at The University of Sydney;

Carolyn Steedman, Emeritus Professor in the University of Warwick History Department;

Beverley Skeggs, Honorary Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick;

Jackie Stacey, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Manchester;

Imogen Tyler, Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University;

Ann Pheonix, Professor of Psychosocial Studies, University of London;

Lisa Baraitser, Professor in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London;

Abena Busia, Professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University.

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: