PG7004 Master Class Module: Contemporary Theoretical Paradigms in the Humanities and Social Sciences

 

2017/2018 Dates and Programme will be uploaded at the start of the semester.

  Date Title Location Co-ordinator
1  29.09.17  Environments of Knowledge: Interdisciplinary research between STEM, Humanities and the Social Sciences River Room, Glucksman Gallery,   Professor Claire Connolly
2

02.11.17 (pm) 03.11.17 (all day) 

Heritage, Science and The Humanities CACSSS Seminar Room, G27, O'Rahilly Building   Professor Brendan Dooley, 
3  16.11.17 (pm) 17.11.17 (all day)  Women, Place and Space CACSSS Seminar Room, G27, O'Rahilly Building  Dr Malgorzata D'Aughton
4 15.3.18 (pm) 16.03.17 (all day)  The Craft of Memory  CACSSS Seminar Room, G27, O'Rahilly Building Dr Tatsuma Padoan 
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Module Objectives:

To enhance the doctoral education programme through a variety of classes designed to expose doctoral students across the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences to new frontiers of knowledge, by bringing prominent representatives of the 'state of the art' (supported by UCC staff) in contemporary interdisciplinary theoretical paradigms to UCC.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Describe the field of inquiry represented in the Masterclass(es), outlining its historical development, scope and methodologies.
  • Identify major theories and paradigms employed and define key concepts and ideas.
  • Apply theories and concepts and relate them to particular problems, issues and phenomena addressed in the student's own research.
  • Analyze aspects of the student's own field of inquiry and illustrate them in terms of theories and concepts presented in the Masterclass(es).
  • Explain phenomena and formulate particular research problems in terms of general theories presented in Masterclass(es).
  • Criticize topics and evaluate issues and debates in terms of paradigms & theories presented in the Masterclass(es).

Assessment: Two reflective essays (not more than 2,000 words) on the themes of two of the master classes.

Target Audience: PhD Students

Credit Weighting: 5 credits

How to enrol: Please email your full name, student number, programme and year of study (eg PhD 3 Archaeology) to Karen Coughlan at graduateschool.cacsss@ucc.ie.  Once you have completed the assignment for this module you will be registered for the module

Environments of Knowledge: Interdisciplinary research between STEM, Humanities and the Social Sciences

Friday, 29 September 2017 

River Room, Glucksman Gallery

9.00am – 5.00pm,  

Building on the Irish Research Council-funded project, Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures, this masterclass considers the possibilities open to and the and challenges faced by graduate students who wish to move outside their own disciplinary area in order to develop research in the broad areas of environmental humanities and the environmental sciences.

For the purposes of the workshop, we understand interdisciplinarity as movement between and across the broad areas of the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics and technology, the social sciences, humanities and the creative arts.

 

 Central Questions

  • What does interdisciplinary research look like; who is doing it and to what ends?
  • How can PhD candidates navigate between and across disciplinary environments of knowledge and how can they best engage forms of interdisciplinary practice within their own research?
  • How best to shape and refine interdisciplinary research questions that address the complex and interconnected field of environmental studies?
  • Content, collaboration, convergence: modes of scholarly exchange;
  • Interdisciplinarity and impact: potential and challenges.

 

Speakers include Prof John Brannigan and Dr Tas Crowe (English and Biology, UCD) on cultural ecosystem services; Dr Ruth Brennan (Centre for Environmental Humanities, TCD) on the role of arts and science collaborations in shaping environmental policy; Ms Fiona Kearney (Glucksman, UCC) on curating STEAM initiatives. Further UCC speakers to be added, including possibly Dr Maureen O’Connor (English) and Dr Benjamin Gearey (Archaeology).

 

 Schedule of Speakers

 PG7004 Masterclass 1

 

ASSIGNMENT

Please answer one of the following (max 3,00 words)

 

Heritage Science and the Humanities

Thursday, 2 November 2017. 3.00pm - 5.00pm

Friday, 3 November 2017. 10.00am - 5.30pm

CACSSS Seminar Room, G27, O'Rahilly Building

  

National heritage sites and artefacts often seem to be on a race between preservation and destruction. Increasing awareness of the threats posed by natural and anthropogenic forms of damage, along with a perception of the tangible features of cultural distinctiveness, have added urgency to protecting and recording that which may one day disappear forever,

“Heritage Science” is a growing field of interdisciplinary endeavor which attempts to join specific competences in material science with the interpretative skills of the humanities and social sciences, for understanding and conserving artefacts and sites that speak to humanity’s cultural and social needs, while aiding in the curation of tangible artistic and archaeological capital of interest from economic and development perspectives.  More and more scholars in humanities and natural science fields in Ireland and around Europe identify their interests within this diverse and interdisciplinary field.  There is at least one major dedicated European research infrastructure (the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science, led by Italy), not to mention such structures as EU-ARTECH, CHARISMA, IPERION CH and ARIADNE.

The inaugural number of the new journal Heritage Science asks, “By examining the pigments in a painting can we tell how it was painted, where it was painted and even whether it is a forgery? By looking at dyes in a textile can we find out about the origin of manufacture and the geographical route it took to get to its destination and hence about trade routes? By analysing the metal content of a coin can we tell about the economic factors of the time and even whether it was created from melted down coins from a neighbouring country?” To answer such questions “scientific approaches provide additional insight.” One might add paleopathology, the analysis of historic remains to test for disease and other causes of death.

There is no denying a “slow but steady movement in the adoption of scientific methods in cultural studies”--not to mention, in literary history, historiography and archaeology.  Moreover, “new instrumentation and approaches are required to study objects in museums, posing special challenges, for example miniaturisation to bring non-invasive measurements into the museum shelves, screening large numbers of objects, finding out about hidden layers in paintings, checking for possible decay, all need methods tailored to the needs of cultural conservation.”  [ Heritage Science, Intro.]

This Masterclass attempts to explore the challenges and opportunities of Heritage Science, with a view to demonstrating the ways in which specific projects and interests may be enhanced and developed when viewed within a Heritage Science perspective.  

 

Schedule

Thursday, 2 November 2017

3.00pm   Welcome and Introduction

3.15pm   Seamus Heaney's "Punishment"- Crónán Ó Doibhlin, Head of Research Collections and Communications, UCC Library Cronan O Doibhlin Presentation

 

Friday, 3 November 2017

10.00am   Heritage Science and Modern Irish - Professor Pádraig Ó Macháin, Professor of Modern Irish

11.00am   Break

11.15am   Keynote Speaker. Heritage Science: Definitions and Examples - Professor Matija Strlic, University College London

12.45pm   Lunch

2.00pm   Heritge Science in Ireland: A Rose by Any Other Name? - Ms. Mary Teehan, The Discovery Programme

3.00pm   Break

3.15pm   Heritage Science at the Tyndall and Elsewhere - Dr Daniela Iacopino, Tyndall Institute

4.15pm   Break

4.30pm   Roundtable Discussion.  Professor Brendan Dooley, Dr Mike Cosgrave, Dr Daniela Iacopino, Dr Annjulie Lafaye, Professor Padraig O Machain, Dr Daniela Saviello, Professor Matja Strlic, Ms Mary Teehan

5.30pm  Close

 

Keynote Speaker

Matija is Deputy Director of UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, Course Director for the MRes Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology at the Institute, and Deputy Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology. 

He was awarded PhD in chemistry at the University of Ljubljana and joined the Institute in 2007. In the last 17 years, he has been involved in more than 30 research and networking projects, mostly as a senior scientist, research manager, co-investigator or principal investigator, attracting ~£20M funding predominantly for heritage science.

Matija's research is frequently featured in the media. Recent research into the smell of old paper and the use of volatiles as markers for degradation attracted considerable media interest, including The New York Times, The Times, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, BBC, Le Temps Suisse, Scientific American, CBC Radio, Daily Planet, Discovery Channel, and more than 50 other national and international media. It was also featured in the major scientific journal Science. Watch Matija's UCL Lunch Hour Lecture on tour @the British Museum on the topic of old book smell.

 

Readings

Crónán Ó Doibhlin

Heaney, Seamus “Punishment” in North.  London: Faber and Faber, (1975) 37-38.  http://creativewritingguild.com/sl/analysis/punishment-seamus-heaney-full-text/ 

Heaney, Seamus “Feeling into words” in Preoccupations, Selected Prose 1968-1978.  London: Faber and Faber (1980) 54-60.

Glob. P.V. The bog people : iron-age man preserved.  St. Albans : Paladin, 1971.  Also available on Q+3 936 GLOB. English translation is available in Special Collections

Ó Doibhlin, C. “The Great Book of Ireland - Leabhar Mór na hÉireann” in Art Libraries Journal, 41(4), 2016.  pp. 198-208. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/alj.2016.25

 

Professor Padraig O Macháin

 www.watermarks.ucc.ie

 

Assignment

Explain how a Heritage Science Perspective, as outlined in the masterclass, may enhance an aspect of your work.

Women, Place and Space

Thursday, 16 November 2017 (4pm - 5.30pm)

Friday, 17 November 2017 (9.30am - 5pm)

CACSSS Seminar Room, G27, O'Rahilly Building 

Context

Discussions on gender are ever present in the public sphere, including academic circles. Debates range from gender quotas, gender equality in positions of power, to the provision of gendered role models.

This Master Class looks at women in terms of their presence in physical and ideological spaces. Moreover, their presence in public and private spaces will also be addressed in order to unravel the complexities and dependencies of gender-space relationship as expressions of power structures. By taking a wide chronological and geographical sweep, this Master Class explores questions of gender identity regarding the presence of women in relation to real locations of urban and rural areas and in the private spaces of their homes.

This workshop also looks at the place of women in various religions and religious establishments from medieval Europe to present-day India. It will question the presence of women in the arts and media in order to explore the public portrayal of women. More importantly however, the issue of women and their own individual role in shaping their own public image is also explored.

The wide scope of the Master Class lends itself to a multi-layered and multi-disciplinary discussion. This is evidenced by the range of research interests of each speaker. Thus, it will demonstrate to postgraduate students how various perspectives and methodologies in the study of the topic help to transcend specialisms and enrich methodological framework, by avoiding over-simplifications and generalisations.

This Master Class involves two keynote speakers, a panel of invited speakers, followed by discussions.

 

Central questions

Are spaces gendered?

How do physical spaces express or suppress the role of women?

How is space related to power?

Do spatial relationships reflect social hierarchies?

Do physical spaces equal ideological spaces?

Do women break through ideological and physical spaces?

What processes lead to the change of gender-space relationship?

Does a multi-disciplinary approach help us avoid generalisations in relation to gender?

 

PROGRAMME

THURSDAY, 16 NOVEMBER 2017, OPENING ADDRESS, 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Chair: Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D'Aughton, School of History, UCC

Dr Catherine Lawless, Director, Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin

Representation of holy bodies: space, power and gender in medieval Florence

Abstract: This paper will look at representations of the gendered holy body, the spaces occupied by it, and the relationship of represented body to the devotional lives of Florentine women.  It will explore how civic cults and processions reinforced male corporate and ecclesiastical identities and celebrated the political and public aspects of sanctity, while other cults, such as that of St Margaret, unfolded in a separate sphere. The public needs of the city and its need for protection against external enemies, fire, storms, and pestilence can be contrasted by the more private needs of its inhabitants through an examination of the representation and placement of saintly bodies.

Speaker: The research interests of Dr Lawless focus on gender, religious devotion and representation in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italian art, with a particular emphasis on the representation of the holy gendered body; the relationships between religious belief and representation; text and image; hagiography and iconography, and representation and gender. On the MPhil in Gender and Women's Studies she teaches a core module on Gender Theories, and a module on Art, Gender and Identity. She contributes to the MPhil in Medieval History module, Saints and sanctity, which is offered to the MPhil in Gender and Women's Studies. At undergraduate level Dr lawless contributes to Approaches to Art History and Criticism; Renaissance Florence, and a fourth-year module on Art, Gender and the Body in Medieval and Renaissance Italy.

 

FRIDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 2017

SESSION ONE, 9.30am - 11.00am

Chair: Dr Bożena Cierlik, School of History, UCC

Dr Finola Doyle-O’Neill, School of History, UCC

Radio as a cultural space for women

Abstract: Women were employed on Ireland’s national radio station, 2RN from the very beginning, banished to the Women and Children’s Department, facetiously referred to by one male critic as the WC Department!  What those women were saying, or what their conditions of employment were is a different matter. In the conservative, Catholic milieu of 1920s and 1930s Ireland, it should come as no surprise that they were treated rather differently to men, and also it seems, had less favourable working conditions than their counterparts at the BBC. It wasn’t until the 1970s that Irish radio really began to give women’s concerns the space and attention they fully deserved and the impetus emerged on radio to champion the cause of equality for women. This began in earnest in the form of Women Today, a pioneering radio programme, broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 from 1979 to 1984.  The fact that it lasted just four years and did not enjoy the longevity of the BBC’s flagship radio programme, Woman’s Hour - is the focus of this Master Class, along with an examination of the culture and climate for women at both the BBC and 2RN, then and now.

 

Dr Lidia Guzy, Study of Religions, UCC

Female shamans, women of the centre and periphery

Abstract: The paper deals with Alekh shamanism, a new tribal religion Mahima Dharma in the Koraput region of Odisha, India. This new religion in the remote hinterlands of Odisha combines traditional local shamanic practices and concepts with a new ascetic ethic and the new belief in the abstract and the indescribable god Alekh (“the unwritten and illiterate”) from coastal (Hindu) Odisha. 

In Koraput “Alekh” has taken on a new variant meaning, namely the followers of the ascetic religion themselves bear the name of the God from the coastal Hindu regions. Alekhs are thus, in their self-description, both the representatives, mediators and the bearers of the divine! The new tribal religions in the hinterlands of Odisha are mostly represented by female shamans (alekh gurumai) who heal through their ecstatic songs. My paper will present some extracts of collected and translated vocal rituals which illustrate the power of a complex poetic interweaving of speech, song and instrumental music in ritual performances of healing performed by the female shamans.  With this paper I would like to draw your attention to the centrality of female ritual specialists and orality in indigenous Adivasi societies and religions.

BREAK, 11.00am - 11.30am

 

SESSION TWO, KEYNOTE ADDRESS, 11.30am - 12.30pm

Chair: Dr Anne Julie Lafaye, IRC Postdoctoral Researcher, School of History, UCC

Dr Panayota Volti, Lecturer in History, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

Medieval women, court and the city

Abstract: The paper looks at various categories of women, religious and lay, aristocrats and ordinary women in order to provide a panoramic approach to the medieval society. It explores the semantic links between the architectural spaces where these women lived, for example convents, and the city, both in terms of the topography but also in relation to the circulations or the bodily movements through various spaces. The paper will include examples of gendered spatial dynamics from the Byzantine sphere and will also look at the medieval dynamics being extended into the modern period.

Speaker: Dr Panayota Volti specialises in cultural history, history of religion and history of art. Her seminal books Monastères et hauts lieux de spiritualité   (        2015) and Les couvents des ordres mendiants et leur environnement à la fin du Moyen Âge (2016) provide new approaches to the study of urban spaces as expression of religious concerns of the Late Middle Ages. Her recent work focuses on female monasticism and dance as expression of medieval courtesy and gender roles.

 LUNCH BREAK, 12.30pm - 1.15pm

 

SESSION THREE, 1.15pm - 2.45pm

Chair, Dr Silvia Ross, Department of Italian, UCC

Dr Mary Healy, History of Art, UCC

Contemporary women artists from the Middle East and North Africa: galvanising local and global discourse through art production and the gallery space

Abstract: Contemporary art is an articulation of both the local and global. Therefore, when ‘reading’ art from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) one must pay attention to the exchanges between local, national and global communities. This paper will look at a selection of contemporary women artists from various countries in the MENA who use art production and the gallery space to ‘speak back’ to their local/national communities and cultural experiences as well as the conditions of their global cross-cultural exchanges.

 

Dr Marie Kelly, Theatre Studies, UCC

Gender, representation and the Irish stage:  theatre casting, space and object

As Patrice Pavis’s Dictionary of the Theatre describes it, casting marks ‘a crucial moment, the “most irremediable, and therefore the most serious” choice’ which ‘“involves the whole meaning of the play”’(Lasalle and Vitez, quoted in Pavis, 1998, p. 44). The actor brings human dynamics to the material properties of the stage and casting choices determine the politics of identity surrounding the entire mise en scène. What happens, however, when a character or role is deliberately cast as a material object? In Tom Mac Intyre’s version of Patrick Kavanagh’s The Great Hunger, the mother of the central male character (Patrick Maguire) was cast as a wooden effigy. This paper explores the casting of Mac Intyre’s play in tandem with an analysis of its mise en scène as directed by Patrick Mason and designed by Brownen Casson for the Peacock Theatre, Dublin in the 1980s. In the context of gender, identity, and Ireland, as this presentation argues, the performance of this play radically challenged but at the same time perpetuated the objectification and silencing of the woman within the domestic sphere.

 BREAK, 2.45pm - 3.00pm

 

SESSION FOUR, 3.00pm - 4.30pm

Chair: TBC

Dr Catherine Ware, Department of Classics, UCC

The domus motif: woman and the home in Roman literature

It is well established that in ancient Rome, man’s domain was the public sphere, woman’s was the private.  A good woman confined herself to the domus (house) and her duties there: to leave the house was to transgress on masculine privilege and power.  Even the misuse of household space or furniture was enough to characterise a woman as a threat to the status quo.  This paper will examine different aspects of the domus motif in Roman histories and will show how it becomes a metaphor for a woman’s successful or failed attempts to wield power within the limits imposed on her by society.

 

Dr Caitríona Ní Laoire, School of Applied Social Studies, UCC

Gender, socio-spatial relations and universities as gendered spaces

Abstract: This session draws on concepts relating to gendered spaces and socio-spatial relations to explore how universities are made and re-made as deeply gendered spaces and places. Can concepts such as gendered spatial divisions of labour, gender performativity and gendered landscapes help us to understand universities as gendered spaces? We engage with these concepts in exploring power relations and inequalities in contemporary higher education and academia.

 

CLOSING DISCUSSION, 4.30pm - 5.00pm

 

Assignment

The Craft of Memory

15 March 2018 5.00pm - 7.00om

16 March 2018 9.00am - 5.00pm

CACSSS Seminar Room, G27, O'Rahilly Building

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PG7004 Assignment 2016/2017 

To gain credit for this module, you must submit two assignments – chosen from two of this year’s Master Classes.

All assignments should be max. 2,000 words long.

 

Masterclass 1 – Environments of Knowledge

Co-ordinator: Professor Claire Connolly

 

  • Write a reflective essay on your research methodology with reference to the Masterclass.

 

 

Masterclass 2 – Heritage, Science and The Humanities

Co-ordinator:  Professor Brendan Dooley

 

  • Explain how a Heritage Science perspective, as outlined in the Class, may enhance an aspect of your work.

 

 

Masterclass 3 – Women, Space and Power

Co-ordinator: Dr Malgorzata D'Aughton

 

Masterclass 4 – The Craft of Memory

Co-ordinator: 

 

Masterclass 5 –

Co-ordinator:

 

Masterclass 6 – 

Co-ordinator: 

 

Submission Procedure

Submission in via Turnitin on Blackboard. 

The submission deadline is 11.00am on Tuesday, 2 May 2016

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