Sibéal is Ireland’s only postgraduate and early career scholars’ network for those working in the field of feminist and gender studies across all disciplines. In 2006, two postgraduate students, Susan Cahill and Claire Bracken, recognised and responded to the great need for such an organisation and formed the Sibéal committee. Seven years later, Sibéal continues to create a variety of opportunities for its members.
Sibéal is open to all postgraduate and early career researchers (who have completed their PhD within the last five years) who are registered in an Irish or UK academic institution and conducting research in the areas of women’s studies, feminism and gender studies. The research areas of the current board of trustees of Sibéal (sexuality and education; the literary works of Mary Devenport O’Neill and women’s writing in the Irish Free State; human rights and the subjectivity of women; the visual representation of the prescribed societal role of women in early modern Ireland)are an indication of the wide variety of research undertaken by Sibéal members. Membership of Sibéal is free and you can find a copy of the registration form on our website at www.sibeal.ie.
Sibéal provides a number of exclusive offers and opportunities to its members:
- Inclusion on Sibéal’s mailing list/network where information about the latest research, job vacancies, funding, conferences, publications, etc. is shared.
- Sibéal invites its members to present a paper at its annual conference, an event which provides a space for the sharing of current research and ideas as well as networking opportunities for its delegates.
- Sibéal provides exclusive publishing opportunities for its members. For example, in April 2012, a special edition of Socheolas, the Limerick Student Journal of Sociology with a select number of papers presented at the 2011 annual conference was published (http://www3.ul.ie/sociology/socheolas/vol4/1/). Sibéal also has a dedicated blog (http://sibealnetwork.blogspot.ie/) where members are invited to submit articles which are published at the beginning of each month. Articles from prominent figures in gender studies are also included regularly on the blog. All contributions to the blog are also included on our Academia page (http://independent.academia.edu/SibealIrishPostgraduateGenderandFeministNetwork) to ensure that the work of our members reaches as wide an audience as possible. The articles are advertised through our social media pages to showcase the research of our members.
- Sibéal provides access to funding opportunities. These include the Sibéal annual conference bursaries, a grants scheme for conference attendance and research activities or hosting regional feminist or gender studies events.
Sibéal Branches: Sibéal also operates local branches in universities and institutes of higher education. The activities undertaken by these local branches have included: reading groups on feminism, gender and identity issues, themed film evenings, exhibitions, seminars on issues of interest and symposia where branch members present and discuss their research and invited talks by visiting academics. We currently have branches at University College Cork, University of Limerick, Queen’s University Belfast/ University of Ulster, Mary Immaculate Limerick and Trinity College Dublin. If you are interested in setting up a branch of Sibéal in your institution, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Advice and funding is made available for new branches.
Sibéal Annual Conference: On the 22nd and 23rd of November 2013, Queen’s University Belfast will be hosting the annual Sibéal conference entitled ‘Intersecting Gender’. The conference invites engagement with the intersections of gender as they can be detected in a range of locations, spaces and manners. The conference seeks to stimulate a wide and inter-disciplinary approach to the theorisation and everyday practice of gender identity. Among the highlights of the conference is the keynote speech by Eilish Rooney, a senior lecturer at the School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies, University of Ulster and an Associate Researcher at the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster. Sibéal are also pleased to announce that the Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics will award a Best Paper Prize at the “Intersecting Gender” conference. The prize seeks to acknowledge excellence in interdisciplinary feminist thought and will be awarded to a paper presented at the 2013 conference at Queen’s University Belfast. For more information about the conference please see the dedicated blog (http://intersectinggender.wordpress.com/).
Sibéal and Social Media: Sibéal is very active on a variety of social media sites such as Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sibeal-Postgraduate-Network/138364462895276) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/sibealnetwork), and these are updated constantly with topics and stories from across the globe and people are encouraged to post items that interest them on our pages. Check out our pages to see what is trending in the world of feminist and gender studies!
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Sibéal network, you can find all the relevant information on our website www.sibeal.ie. Don’t forget, membership is free!!