ONE of the world’s leading feminists, Germaine Greer, will discuss the ways in which motherhood is being dismembered at a conference focusing on women and ageing in Limerick, writes Anne Sherian.
The three-day conference, which will be held at the University of Limerick from May 20-22, will discuss intersections of the cultural and social dimensions of women and ageing and their impact on the wider community.
The conference will include contributions from researchers, writers and practitioners from countries such as the US, Canada, South Africa, Israel, Australia, Europe, the UK, and across Ireland.
Sixty delegates will present papers from a variety of perspectives such as cultural and literary studies, media studies and sociology. Topics include motherhood, spinsterhood, sexuality, women minorities, health, and fashion.
Germaine Greer’s address on Thursday, May 21, at 6pm in the Jean Monnet Theatre in UL will discuss the ways in which “motherhood is being dismembered, so that the genetic mother, the womb mother and the legal mother may all be different individuals”. It will address issues such as surrogacy, egg donation and gestation outside the uterus in relation to women’s lack of control over the institutions that regulate these processes. Ultimately the talk will explore the consequences of reproductive technology for women and raise questions about their implications for women’s autonomy. This event will be open to the public and will conclude with a thirty minute question and answer session with Germaine Greer.
Conference delegates will also enjoy a poetry reading with renowned Irish poet Medbh McGuckian and there will be two keynote lectures by Prof Meg Harper on “The Problem of Crazy Jane” and Dr Patricia Moran on “The Strange Adventures of Ageing”. Tickets for the public talk by Germaine Greer are priced at €10 via www.eventbrite.ie.