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Irish Memory Studies Research Network

Two lectures from the Irish Memory Studies Research Network's Gender and Commemoration Lecture Series.

Dr Oona Frawley (NUIM) - Irish Memory Studies. Introduced by Dr Emilie Pine (UCD).

Dr Oona Frawley is a Lecturer in English, with specialisations in Irish Studies, memory studies, and the representations of landscape in Irish literature. Oona received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School and University Center, the City University of New York; her award-winning dissertation was published in 2004 as Irish Pastoral: Nature and Nostalgia in Irish Literature. She has edited several volumes on James Joyce and a volume of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s essays, and has just completed a four volume project on Irish cultural memory for Syracuse University Press entitled Memory Ireland. She is completing a new monograph on Edmund Spenser entitled Spenser’s Trace, and has begun researching a new book on the global Irish novel. In addition to her books, she has published numerous essays, particularly on Irish poetry.

Louise Lowe - Laundry and the memory of the Magdalen Laundries

Louise Lowe is a founding member of ANU Productions. She was one of the Irish Theatre Institute's 'Six in the Attic' initiative. The recipient of CREATE Artist in the Community Award 2011 and Arts Council Bursary Award 2011, she was also nominated for the Special Judges Award at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011 "For continuing to present challenging theatre in unusual locations that illuminates darker, often ignored parts of society and makes her audience question what theatre can be."

"Following the award-winning World’s End Lane, Laundry was the second instalment of a series of site-specific works exploring the social history of a quarter mile area in Dublin’s North inner-city. In an Ireland whose collective consciousness is reeling from the exposition of institutions, the door to the Gloucester Street Magdelene Convent was opened and the audience invited on a challenging, stimulating and thought-provoking journey" (ANU Productions website). Laundry was the winner of the Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Production prize in 2011. The video below captured a performance of Laundry during the Dublin Theatre Festival, October 2011.