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Court Of Appeal, Glucksman Library

Plassey Road, Castletroy

University of Limerick

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Limerick University's Department of Nursing and Midwifery & School of Law are pleased to host:

Bearing Witness

An Interdisciplinary Symposium on

Concealed Pregnancy, Concealment of Birth & Infanticide
&

The Spaces Between Us Exhibition

With a Keynote Address by:

Professor Joan Lalor, Trinity College, Dublin

Convenors:

Dr Sylvia Murphy Tighe, University of Limerick

Dr Amanda Gardiner (Curator of Exhibition), Edith Cowan University (Western Australia)

Patricia Moriarty, University of Limerick Arts Officer

Invitation

The conveners warmly invite you to participate in a day of discussion around the sensitive issue of concealed pregnancy, concealment of birth and infanticide. The aim of this Interdisciplinary Symposium is to develop an understanding of this phenomenon and look at sensitive responses and the needs of women, infants and families.

Programme:

Professor Joan Lalor: Re-thinking the Pregnant Woman’s Decisional Authority and the Interconnection Between the Pregnant Woman, the Fetus and the Clinician

Dr Patrick Ryan Head of Psychology, UL

Dr Sylvia Murphy Tighe: Concealed Pregnancy & The Keeping it Secret Study

Dr Amanda Gardiner: Historical Infanticide in Western Australia

Launch: The Spaces Between Us Exhibition, Bourn Vincent Gallery

The Spaces Between Us

The taboo nature of infanticide can be overwhelming. The weight of this type of historical information can potentially burden the creative response with pre-conceptions; the suffering and death leading to simple articulation of the case studies.

With the support of Amanda Gardiner, the artists in this exhibition have used archival, visual and performing arts research to re-contextualise the stories on colonial Australian women who killed their children. The exhibition has emerged both as a form of historical witnessing and a nuanced invitation for audiences to engage with topics of violence and trauma


Image: Sarah Elson, Remnant of Stolen Life (detail) (2016), photography by Llloyd Smith Photographics
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