Historical and Policy Perspectives on Gender Distinguished Lecture Series

The Historical and Policy Perspectives Distinguished Lecture Series, is delighted to welcome Professor Laura Downs. Supported by UCD Seed Funding, this lecture series brings together scholars examining gender issues from both historical and policy perspectives. Of particular interest is the issue of gender equality within higher education in Ireland.

Professor Downs will give a lecture on social history, gender and languages in the italian borderlands:

"La piu serena italianizzazione?"Social action and national politics on the Giulian linguistic frontier, 1919-1978

Date: Wednesday 8 February 2017 

Time: 5.30 p.m.

Venue: H204, Humanities Institute seminar room

Laura Downs is Professor of History at the EUI, where she holds the Chair in Gender History, and is Directeur d’études at the Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, where she holds a chair in the comparative history of social management (La gestion sociale: France-Angleterre, XXe siècle). She has published extensively on issues of gender and labor in twentieth century Europe, on working class childhood, and on the comparative history of social protection in Europe. She has won fellowships from the Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEH, Mellon and Giles Whiting foundations, and her book Manufacturing Inequality: Gender division in the French and British metalworking industries, 1914-1939 (1995), won the Pinckney Prize for the best book in French History. She has also published widely on gender analysis and historical method, most notably in her Writing Gender History (2010). Professor Downs’s current research, on the construction of para-political spaces of social protection in France, Italy and Great Britain, 1870-2010 explores the complex gender politics that have cross-cut this space of public activism since the end of the nineteenth century.

This lecture series is being organised by Dr Mark Jones (IRC Elevate Fellow at the UCD School of History) and Dr Selena Daly (UCD School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures). It has been funded by UCD Seed Funding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Research Strand A with the support of the Humanities Institute.

A copy of the poster for this event can be downloaded here.

The next two lectures in the series are:


22 February 2017: Dr Lindsey Earner Byrne (University College Dublin): ‘“Behind closed doors”: Gender and sexual violence in the Irish Family, 1922-1990’ (5.30pm, UCD Humanities Institute)

8 March 2017 International Women’s DayProfessor Pat O’Connor (University of Limerick & member of expert group on gender discrimination in higher education): ‘Gender inequality in universities: The Problem is Women?’ (6pm, Newman Theatre 1)