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Active Commemoration: Countering Magdalene Forgetfulness

Wed, 26 Sep 2018

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time: 12:00 to 13:00
Duration: 1 Hour
Location: F1-030 (Foundation Building), University of Limerick, Ireland

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.