Keynote Speakers

Marie Louise Coolahan at PDR Photograph by Aengus McMahon

Professor Marie-Louise Coolahan, Professor of English, NUI Galway

Professor Coolahan has been awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (Principal Investigator) for her project, RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700. This project, which will run from July 2014 to June 2019, will produce a new, large-scale understanding of how women’s writing circulated, using the results to analyse how texts, ideas and reputations gained traction in the early modern English-speaking world.

Professor Liz Stanley, Professor of Sociology and ESRC Professorial Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Professor Stanley is an ESRC Professorial Research Fellowship from 2013 to 2017. This focuses on ‘Whites Writing Whiteness – Domestic Figurations & Representations of Whiteness in South Africa 1770s – 1970s’ (see Whites Writing Whiteness has developed from the ESRC-funded Olive Schreiner Letters Project, rated as ‘outstanding’ by the ESRC; for details on the letters and publications of this key feminist theorist, see the Olive Schreiner Letters Online at