Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society

Welcome

Gender ARC (Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society) is a research network linking more than fifty academics at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the University of Limerick who are engaged in gender-focused research across diverse disciplines including: Business, Economics, Education, Film Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Geography, History, Health Sciences, Irish Studies, Languages, Law, Literature, Nursing and Midwifery, Politics and Sociology.  Established in January 2011 following the launch of the NUI Galway-UL strategic research alliance, Gender ARC is affiliated with the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change and the Moore Institute for Humanities and Social Studies at NUI Galway and with the Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society at UL.

The start of the 21st century has been marked by deepening globalisation, global financial crises and unprecedented change across social, cultural, economic, and political domains. Such conditions pose complex challenges for individuals, communities, economies and polities – as well as offering many opportunities for innovative and creative transformation. Importantly, these challenges and opportunities are not gender neutral but are expressed, experienced and understood in nuanced gendered ways.

Gender ARC is organized into two principal research groups: Gender and Public Policy and Gender and Gender, Discourse and Identities. Members of Gender ARC recognise the centrality of gender within wider research agendas on culture, society, economy, politics, law and education. Further, Gender ARC seeks to play a leading role in demonstrating the integral role of the arts, humanities and social sciences in underpinning self-reflecting, creative, just and flourishing societies at every level. Gender ARC is committed to exploring the gender dimensions of all aspects of human endeavour in order to deepen understanding of past and current events and challenges, inform and enhance public debate and policy formation, and foster appreciation of human creativity and diversity, locally and globally.

NEWS and EVENTS

REPORT ON WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP IN THE DRC RELEASED
July 2014 -- Women’s Leadership and Participation in the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes Region: Achievements, Challenges, and Opportunities by Niamh Reilly and Roslyn Warren, is the culmination of a joint study by the Centre for Global Women's Studies at NUI Galway and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in Washington, DC. For full details and to download the report in English or in French, click here.



SYMPOSIUM ON WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP, PEACE AND SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS IN THE DRC AND REGION
July 2014 -- On July 1-2 NUIG hosted an international symposium to bring together leading practitioners, academics and researchers who are concerned with promoting women’s leadership, equality and human rights, conflict resolution and lasting peace, and sustainable development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region. Participants included former president Mary Robinson, currently UN Special Envoy of the Secretary General to the Great Lakes Region. The symposium was organised by the Centre for Global Women’s Studies (NUIG) in collaboration with the Georgetown Institute on Women, Peace and Security, Washington DC. For more details, click here.
VOICE AND AGENCY REPORT LAUNCHED
June 2014 -- The World Bank has launched a ground-breaking report, Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity. Nata Duvvury (NUIG) led one of key background papers on the costs of violence that provided new evidence for advocacy on the issue with with governments globally. For full details, click here.
GENDER ARC RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES, 2013-14
Mar 2014 -- The next speakers in the Gender ARC Research Seminar Series, 2013-14, will be Caroline Forde (PhD cand., Global Women's Studies) on 21 March, Hilary Dully (Doctoral Fellow, Huston School of Film and Digital Media) on 28 March, and Sylvie Lannegrand (French) on 25 April. Past speakers have been Anne Byrne (Political Science and Sociology) and Lilis O'Laoire (Gaelige). All events take place at NUIG. For full details, click here.


GENDER ARC PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Mar 2014 -- The most recent speaker in the Gender ARC Public Lecture series for 2013-14 was film-maker Zoe Mavroudi, who introduced and screened her film Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-Hunt (2013), on 24 February. The next speaker in the series is Tracey Jensen (U East London), who will speak on "Thrifty mothers, skivers/strivers and the cultural politics of wanting" at UL on 10 April. Future speakers in the series are Nicola Mai (London Metropolitan U) on 28 May and Róisín Ryan-Flood (U of Essex) on 10 June. For more details, click here.
GENDER ARC SUMMER SCHOOL IN FEMINIST METHODOLOGY 2014
Jan 2014 -- The Gender ARC Summer School in Feminist Methodology will be held on 9-10 June 2014. The Summer School offers training in feminist methodology appropriate to PhD level research, key debates in feminist methodology, and feminist methodology in practice. Subject to assessment, 3 ECTS credits may be earned by participants. The Summer School is open to all PhD researchers who are interested in feminist methodology and how this might inform their research. The application deadline is 25 April 2014. For more details, click here.
CURRENT ISSUE OF RESEARCH MATTERS FOREGROUNDS GENDER
Jan 2014 --The latest issue of NUI Galway's regular research update, Research Matters, features pieces on gender-focused research at NUI Galway, a round-up of Gender Arc activities in 2013, and a commentary on the challenges of achieving gender balance in academia. To view the issue, click here.
NEW WORKING PAPER ON INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
Nov 2013 -- Nata Duvvury et al. are the authors of a new World Bank working paper on Intimate Partner Violence: Economic Costs and Implications for Growth and Development. The working paper is available  here.
CONFERENCE ON HEALTH AND GENDER EQUITY
Dec 2013 -- The DSAI, IFGH and Gender ARC 2013 Conference on Health and Gender Equity in a Period of Global Crisis was held in Galway on 28-29 November. To view the programme of the conference, click here. For full details about the conference, click here.
LUNCHTIME SEMINAR ON REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS IN IRELAND AND INDIA
Nov 2013 -- Global Women's Studies and Gender ARC at NUI Galway hosted a lunchtime seminar on "Reproductive Health and Rights: Ireland and India, Historical and Contemporary Struggles" with guest speakers Dorothea Melvin (a pioneer on women’s health issues in Ireland) and Lakshmi Lingam (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad) on Monday, 18 November, NUI Galway. For more details click here.
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