Feminist Storytelling Network Events

A list of our forthcoming events. Check out our previous events here. Suggested reading lists are available for all events here.


Staging the Incarcerated Female Body: Records and Representations

Thursday 19 March 2020, NUI, Galway

This symposium examines the intersections across official records and cultural representations regarding women’s experience in twentieth-century Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

Areas of enquiry will include, but are not limited to, institutionalisation in Magdalen Laundries, Mother and Baby Homes, psychiatric institutions and prisons, and the threats faced by those engaging in sex work or termination of pregnancies prior to 2019. However, the interpretation of ‘incarceration’ will also extend to instances of limiting, censoring and suppressing histories, ideologies and experiences. Throughout the symposium, students will deliver intermittent performance and live art encounters that become embedded into the event, contributing to and reflecting the dialogue. 

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

Registration: Tickets (free) will be released on Eventbrite at a later date. For queries, please email PI Dr Miriam Haughton


10am: Registration

Beginning of performance and live art encounters throughout the O’Donoghue Centre theatre space and foyer

10.15: Opening Remarks

Professor Anne Scott, Vice-President for Equality and Diversity, NUI Galway

Dr Miriam Haughton, Drama and Theatre Studies; Director, Feminist Storytelling Network, NUI Galway

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: Performance and Society

Dr Barry Houlihan, Archivist, NUI Galway

1.00 – 2.00: Lunch, O’Donoghue Centre

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: Performance and psychiatry: representing ‘madness’

Professor Anna Harpin (Warwick)

4.00 – 4.30: Concluding performance

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