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Women and the Sea Symposium

The 'Women and the Sea' symposium took place in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland on September 25th-26th 2015. The aims of the symposium were to promote greater awareness and understanding of the important roles that women have played, and continue to play, in marine and maritime culture, science, and industry.

A joint venture between University College Dublin and the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, the symposium brought together researchers from the humanities, sciences, industry and heritage sectors. Real Smart Media recorded all of the presentations at the symposium and these are available to podcast below, as well as on Humanities Institute's channels on Soundcloud and iTunes. Links to powerpoint presentations and slides used by the speakers are also available.

Public Lecture

  • Sibéal Turraoin, Irish Adventures in the North-West Passage (Chair: Lorna Siggins, Irish Times). View slides

Panel 1: Gender and the Sea

  • Susan Steele (Sea Fisheries Protection Agency), Not Just Mermaids: the waves that women can create. View slides
  • Julie Maguire (Daithi O’Murchu Marine Research Station), Working on a Marine Research Station on the Sheeps Head Peninsula. View slides
  • John Mack (Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia), The Gender of Ships. View slides

Welcome Address

  • John Brannigan (UCD School of English, Drama and Film).
  • Gerardine Meaney (Director, UCD Humanities Institute).
  • Lucy Collins (UCD School of English, Drama and Film).

Panel 2: Stories of Seas and Coasts

  • Claire Connolly (UCC), ‘Sea manners and sea views’: Maria Edgeworth and the Irish Sea. View slides
  • Finola O'Kane (UCD), The Liminal Situation of Mrs. Elizabeth Fagan – Developer of Dublin's Eighteenth-century Coastal Housing Estates. View slides
  • Fiona Savage (University of East Anglia), A Passage to Africa: Voyaging in the Travel Writing of Sarah Bowdich. View slides
  • Lucy Collins (UCD), ‘Their Shadow on the Sea’: Tracking the Basking Shark in Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s ‘The Sun-fish’. View slides

Panel 3: Working the Seas and Islands

  • Mary McGillicuddy (Historian), The Role of Women in the Mackerel Fishing Industry in Southern Ireland, c. 1880s – 1920s. View slides
  • Rhoda Twombly (Comhdháil na hÉireann), Women of the Islands: A Vital Life Force. View slides
  • Catherine McManus (Marine Harvest), From Fanad Fisheries to Marine Harvest – the first 35 years of Farming Salmon in Ireland. View slides
  • Fiona Grant (Marine Institute), Putting Eyes in the Deep Ocean. View slides

Panel 4: Women at Sea

  • Captain Sinead Reen (Irish Institute of Master Mariners), Breaking the Mould. View slides
  • Lt Commander Erika O'Leary (Irish Naval Service), The Irish Naval Service. View slides
  • David Snook (Maritime Institute), Women in the British Merchant Marine: Central Records and the CR10 card photos. View slides
  • Karin Dubsky (Coastwatch), Coastwatch: a citizen science initiative for the sea and us.

Panel 5: Arts of the Sea

  • Vanessa Daws (UCD Artist in Science Residence), Swimming to Lambay. View slides
  • Silvia Loeffler (Maynooth), Glas Journal: A Deep Mapping of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. View slides
  • Moira Sweeney (Spirit Level Productions/DIT), Rhythms of a Port: Visualising Lived Experience on Dublin’s Docks with a Revitalised Documentary and Geographic Imagination. View slides
  • Mary O'Malley (Poet), When the Seas were Lavish: Poetry and Song of the Sea.

The symposium was sponsored by UCD Earth Institute, UCD Humanities Institute, the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, and the Atlantic Archipelagos Research Consortium.

Organisers: Professor John Brannigan, UCD School of English, Drama and Film; Dr Lucy Collins, UCD School of English, Drama and Film; Dr Tasman Crowe, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science; Dr Julie Maguire, Daithi O’Murchu Marine Research Station; Richard McCormick, National Maritime Museum of Ireland.

Recorded by Real Smart Media. Sound was by Dara Traynor.