What objects would you put in a women’s museum?
Past, Present and Future

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What objects would you put in a women’s museum? Past, Present and Future?

A special online Mná 100 Seminar, as part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme, in partnership with International Association of Women's Museums.

The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media is delighted to host this special online seminar, as part of Mná 100 and the Decade of Centenaries Programme.

It takes place on Thursday, 24th June 2021, in partnership with the International Association of Women’s Museums.

Our speakers from the International Association of Women’s Museums from Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Europe, will share their experiences of Women’s Museums and Initiatives worldwide and answer the question: ‘What objects would you put in a women’s museum? Past, Present and Future. We invite you to join this public conversation.

Please submit any questions for our international panel by the 22nd June to commemorations@tcagsm.gov.ie

Date: Thursday 24th June
Time: 11.00 to 16.00 with a break at 13.00 for lunch

11.00 Secretary General Katherine Licken


11.05-11.30 Minister Catherine Martin T.D.

Opening address by the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Ms Catherine Martin T.D.

11.30 -12.30 Dr Sinéad McCoole

Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Historian in Residence and curator of Mná100.ie will discuss curating the women's story.

12.30 – 13.00 Dr Mona Holm

President of the International Association of Women’s Museums, (Norway) discussing about the 96 women's museums and findings worldwide in the context of museums being places of equality and diversity.


Break for Lunch 1 hour

14.00 Prof. Dr. Gaby Franger

Curator at Museum Frauenkultur Regional- International (Museum Women's Cultures Regional - International. What objects would you put in a women’s museum – past, present and future? From a German/European point of view.

14.20 Dr Claudia Mandel Katz

Board member of the IAWM representing Costa Rica Founder and director of the Museum of the Women of Costa Rica, since 2009. Doctor in History on Power, Environment and Inequalities. She is asked to address the Question What objects would you put in a women’s museum – past, present and future? from Costa Rica/South American perspective.

14.40 Kye-hyeong Ki

Kye-hyeong Ki former Director of the National Women's History Exhibition Hall, the first women's museum in Korea, and now a lecturer of women's history at Seoul National University. She is the author of the forthcoming The Birth of a Women's Museum around the world.

15.00 Maissan Hassan

Maissan Hassan Egyptian who has been involved with feminist groups working across the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) and will speak about Arabic-speaking countries.

15.20 Dr Darlene Clover

Darlene Clover Professor of Leadership Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Victoria and Co-Director of a women’s heritage building, the Society of Friends of St Ann’s Academy, Canada


Panel Questions and Answers


Darlene Clover


In one of her roles, Darlene Clover is a professor of Adult Education and Leadership Studies, University of Victoria, Canada. Her areas of teaching include feminist, cultural and ecological adult education and arts-based research and practice. Her current research focuses on the pedagogical potentials and challenges of museums. In her other role, Darlene is Co-President of the Society of Friends a St Ann’s Academy (SFSAA), a current heritage site that was a school built and operated by the Sisters of St Ann to educate women and girls. The SFSAA hosts conferences, speakers series and arts-based workshops on the issues that affect women’s lives.

Gaby Franger

Prof. Dr.

Prof. Dr. Gaby Franger, Curator of a multitude of exhibitions and publications about women's culture and every day lives with Women in One World. Centre for international and intercultural research on women's daily lives and further institutions.

Board member of the association Women in One World; Board member of IAWM

Academic fields: Studies on regional women's history, popular folk art and contemporary art, Human rights and peace building, resistance and textile art, social movements and community work.

Katherine Licken

Katherine Licken was appointed to the post of Secretary General at the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, formerly the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with effect from 20 January 2017. The department has a broad range of functions relating to arts and culture, the national cultural institutions, film, media, tourism, sport and the Irish language and the Gaeltacht.

Katherine was previously an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Katherine is a graduate of Communications Studies in Dublin City University and has a post-graduate diploma in Corporate Governance from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Maissan Hassan

A feminist researcher and exhibition-maker interested in archives and memory work. She is a member of the Cairo-based Women and Memory Forum, leading the efforts towards establishing a women’s museum. Her published work includes critical essays on oral history, feminist archives, and, gender issues in the MENA Region. She is the co-author of the Arabic photo-book Building and Struggle: From the Archives of the Egyptian Feminist Movement, (Cairo: WMF, 2018). She holds a B.A. in Sociology (minor in Film) from the American University in Cairo, and a Master’s degree in Arts and Culture (Museums and Collections) from Leiden University. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in the School of Heritage, Memory and Material Culture at the University of Amsterdam.

Mona Holm


Mona Holm is academic director at the Women’s Museum in Kongsvinger. Holm is a co-founder of The International Association of Women’s Museums (IAWM), 2012, and has since served on IAWM’s board, and since 2016 as President. Holm holds a Cand.Phil. Degree in art history from the University of Oslo and wrote her thesis on Argentinian comics and community involvement (1994).

Holm has curated several exhibitions on various women’s history-related themes and feminism at the Women’s Museum in the period 1999 to the present day. Her peer-reviewed article Women and men at an exhibition, Anno 2017, published in 2018, contributed to the launch of the project Nå begynner’a med det der igjen, under the auspices of the Museum Network for the Women’s Museum and the Women’s Museum in the period 2019-2021.

Holm is now project manager for the exhibition HYSJ! Stories about abortion and sexuality, scheduled to open at the Women’s Museum in March 2021.


Sinéad McCoole


Dr Sinéad McCoole, Historian and Curator is the author of several books on Modern Irish history focusing on the role of women. She has been a member of the Expert Advisory Group on the Government of Ireland Decade of Centenaries Programme since 2012. She is on secondment to the Department of Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and the Media, curator of Mna100.ie an online resource for the women’s strand of the official commemoration programme.

Kye-Hyeong Ki

Kye-Hyeong Ki, former director of the National Women’s History Exhibition Hall (2018-2019), which is the first women’s museum in Korea established in 2002. Founder and director of the Gender Museum Korea and the Gender Museum Network since 2020. Kye-Hyeong holds PhD. in history at Seoul National University, 2003. Her main research includes women's museums, gender history, and comparative history, etc. With special emphasis on the relation between everyday life and women’ space, she participated at promoting women’s museum from 2008. She is a board member of IAWM and interested in revealing Asian women’s voices.

Claudia Mandel Katz

Prof. Dr.

Claudia Mandel Katz. Costa Rican naturalized Argentina. University teacher, researcher, curator. Founder and director of the Museum of Women of Costa Rica, since 2009.

Member of the Editorial Committee of Cuadernos Inter.c.a.mbio on Central America and the Caribbean, University of Costa Rica, since 2018.

Member of the Board of Directors of IAWM (International Association of Women’s Museums). Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean period 2016-2021. Regional Coordinator at The Feminist Art Project, program of the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities at Rutgers, New Jersey State University and Affiliate of CAA (College Art Association).

Doctor in History VII Promotion with emphasis on "Power, Environment and Inequalities in Central America" from the University of Costa Rica, April 2016. SEP Honor Graduation.

PhD in Society and Culture Studies from the University of Costa Rica, April 2011. SEP Honor Graduation.

Master Artium from the University of Costa Rica, April 2006. SEP Honor Graduation.

Bachelor of Art History from the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Buenos Aires, 2001.

National Professor of Drawing and Painting by the Prilidiano Pueyrredón National Academy of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1985.

Minister Catherine Martin T.D.

Catherine Martin TD is the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Originally from Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Catherine is the Green Party’s Deputy Leader and T.D. for the constituency of Dublin Rathdown since February 2016. After founding the Oireachtas Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, she was elected as its inaugural Chair in November 2017.

A graduate from NUI Maynooth and a classical singer, Catherine taught English and Music in St Tiernan’s Community School in Dundrum, Dublin, for 16 years prior to being elected to the Dáil. She was a Councillor on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council from 2014 to 2016, and she served on the boards of the Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education Training Board, Dundrum and Stillorgan Colleges of Further Education and St. Tiernan’s Community School.

She lives in Dublin with her husband and three children.