Dr Ciara Breathnach (Department of History) has been invited to take up a Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. This forms the first phase of an initiative of Professor Jyoti Atwal, a gender and history expert, whose current research focuses on Margaret Cousins, founder of the All India Women’s Conference in 1927. Breathnach and Atwal both work on gender history in colonial/postcolonial contexts albeit in very different geographical regions, they plan to collaborate on a research programme in comparative history and to co-write a research article over the next year. Professor Atwal is no stranger to these shores having held a fellowship at Trinity College in 2012, she is committed to developing cross-cultural understanding through her research-led teaching.
While at JNU, Breathnach will deliver three lectures and one seminar to students on Atwal’s Irish Women’s History module, the first of its kind to be introduced to a South Asian university. Breathnach will also deliver a seminar to faculty at the Centre for Historical Studies. It is no coincidence that this visit coincides with International Women’s Day, 8th March 2017.
A ‘research slam’ is planned, where students at JNU and the MA History of Family students at the University of Limerick will each be given 3 minutes to explain their research interests. Breathnach and Atwal aim to follow the March events with a trip by faculty and students from JNU to UL in Semester 1 2017/18 and a Gender and Colonial Studies conference in 2018.
To assist with the resourcing of Irish Women’s History at JNU, Irish Publishers Four Courts Press and Irish Academic Press have donated books to the library, along with UL Professor Bernadette Whelan. Both Breathnach and Atwal gratefully acknowledge this generosity.