Cultural Amnesia: The Role of Active Commemoration in Countering Cultural Forms of Magdalene Forgetfulness

Cultural Amnesia: The Role of Active Commemoration in Countering Cultural Forms of Magdalene Forgetfulness

Gender ARC Presents: Cultural Amnesia: The Role of Active Commemoration in Countering Cultural Forms of Magdalene Forgetfulness
 
Nancy Rochford-Flynn
 
Date: Wednesday 26th Sept., 12 p.m., noon
Location: UL, room F1030 (Foundation Building)
 
Nancy Rochford-Flynn is an interdisciplinary artist, community art activist, educator and facilitator based in Co. Wexford. She researches the oppression suffered by women in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries and pays homage to the Magdalene women through her art work. Nancy was awarded a two-year postgraduate scholarship (Master of Applied Social Science by Research) from Limerick Institute of Technology and ISAX (Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange) in 2016.
 
The study is an analysis of emotional well-being and strength in older people in Limerick. She organises the annual Flowers for Magdalenes commemoration in New Ross, which is now in its 6th year. Flowers for Magdalenes is a critical practice of active commemoration which remembers, acknowledges and gives voice to the once silenced Magdalene women. Her recent publication with Sibéal Journal is entitled, ‘Not Having to Think, You Just Did: Magdalenism and the Importance of Active Commemoration as a means of Countering Cultural Forms of Forgetfulness’ and informs this Gender Arc seminar.