Liz Constable brings to UCD students her strong interdisciplinary training in literary and cultural studies, a commitment to mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, research specializations in gender and sexuality studies, film studies, queer and feminist theories, and dedication to working with students to enable them to be successful writers.
After graduating from Durham University, UK, Liz took up a position at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France where she quickly found herself thriving teaching English for Specialized Purposes (ESP). She developed ESP courses for the local School of Architecture, contributed to the Business School English curriculum, and developed specialized English courses for faculty at the Medical School. She piloted two challenging and innovative teaching projects with colleagues: an English-language program for adult EFL learners on the 4-hour train commute between Clermont-Ferrand and Paris; and a French-English bilingual education initiative in French state primary schools.
All these experiences led her then to devote a year of full-time study to pedagogy and education research at the Institute of Education, London University. During this period, she taught ESL to Punjabi and Gujerati speakers in Southall, NW London; conducted research on methodologies in the teaching of reading; and specialized in comparative education with a focus on contemporary reforms in French higher education.
The encounter between architecture and Liz’s grounding in gender studies led her to research into the under-examined, yet significant, roles of women in British architecture, to enroll in graduate courses at Paris III, La Sorbonne, and to complete a DEA thesis on Women Architects’ Re-Designing of Domestic Spaces at the turn of the century.
Ultimately, the turn of the century---European literary and cultural decadence and modernism---became her central research focus for her PhD and continues to be a generative catalyst for some of her research projects. Her research publications about this period have focused on the huge shifts in gender performances (the era of the ‘New Woman’), the impact of medical and criminal anthropology on theories of degeneration, the effervescence of avant-garde artistic movements together with the emergence of extreme Nationalist ideologies and proto-Fascism.
During recent years, Liz has been publishing at the intersection of gender studies, film studies, and feminist digital pedagogy. Currently, she is completing a book ms. that provides a critical introduction to Catherine Breillat, contemporary French film director. Breillat’s filmography re-inscribes cultural tropes central to 19th-century literary and cultural decadence in a provocative re-creating of “coming of age” films. Liz also writes articles on fiber arts, and is exploring feminist digital pedagogies through FemTechNet and collaborations with other digital humanities scholars and teachers.
Here at UCD, Liz participates actively with the Campus Community Book Project, the LGBTQIA and Cross-Cultural Centers, and the Women’s Resource and Research Center. When she’s not on campus, writing, or watching a film, you’ll find her volunteering as a dog walker for galumphing golden retrievers at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary; working on a painting, or a silk screen print or tending to her funny and idiosyncratic cats.
PhD in French Literature, Culture and Cinema, University of California, Irvine, 1995
Thesis: Dis-Orienting Cultural Economies in Nineteenth-Century French Decadent Literature
D.E.A. at the Université de Paris III, La Sorbonne, France, 1987
Thesis: Women Architects and Re-Gendering of Space at the Turn of the Century
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (specializing in TESOL), The Institute of Education, London University, 1984
BA with Hons in Modern Languages, Durham University, UK, 1981