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Women's History

Issue No 61 June 2014
Highlights and

Steering Committee News

Next Meeting 14th June 2014. All Welcome

Invitation to Join the WHN Steering Committee.

WHN Announcements

A Message from WHN Charity Representative

General Announcements

The New Georgians exhibition
Orleans House Gallery
3 May - 27 July 2014

Conferences, Workshops, and Seminars
2014 Colloquium Nursing History: a work in progress
Kingston University London
Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames
9 July 2014

Call for Papers

Is Gender Still Relevant?
University of Bradford 
16-17 September 2014
Abstract DEADLINE: 23 June 2014

Intersectionality:  A Space for Theoretical and Practitioner Discussion
The University of Sussex
21-22 November 2014
Abstract DEADLINE: 30 June 2014

Steering Committee News
Committee Meeting
The next meeting will be held on June 14th 2014 in the Athlone Room 102 at the IHR, London. As always, all members are welcome to attend.  

Invitation to Join the WHN Steering Committee
We are looking for new members to join the WHN Steering Committee in September 2014 to replace those who are leaving this year when their four-year term is over. The committee is a mix of younger and more established researchers and academics and we also encourage postgraduate students to apply.  Normally committee members attend three meetings a year in London (travel expenses paid) and contribute to some aspect of the administration and/or development of the network.  Contact throughout the year is maintained via email. The normal process is that prospective committee members  submit brief CVs  to the Steering Committee Convener which are circulated to committee members and then placed in the August newsletter for members’ information.  Nominations are confirmed at the AGM which is always held during the WHN Annual Conference which this year will be hosted by the University of Worcester, 5-7 September.  Nominees must, of course, be members of WHN.  Formal welcome to the committee will take place at the November  WHN meeting in Senate House, University of London (date and time tba).   We are particularly keen to recruit members on to the committee who have expertise in developing social media and can liaise with our web manager in developing our web site.  We also need to replace a committee member who has responsibility for publicity.  If you are interested please send a brief CV, preferably by the beginning of June, to Barbara Bush at
Barbara Bush, Steering Committee Convener. 


Member profiles
We would be grateful if members could ensure that their details are up to date, particularly with regard to payment and contact details. To check/amend your details please go to the WHN members’ login page on our website:

A Message from WHN Charity Representative
WHN is a charity and as such is allowed to make claims under the Gift Aid Scheme.  This is really simple way for WHN to raise money without increasing our subs. The Gift Aid scheme applies to gifts of money (including subscriptions) donated to charities by individuals who pay UK tax. Under the scheme, Gift Aid donations are regarded as having basic rate tax deducted by the donor and then the recipient is allowed to recover this.  But it is the Charity (in this case WHN) that has to make the claim, not you.  All you need to do is sign the Gift Aid declaration which is on the website (

As Charity Rep I will record your donation - which is money you've already paid tax on - and reclaim the basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on its 'gross' equivalent - the amount before basic rate tax was deducted. So if basic rate tax is 20 per cent, and you pay  £10 and sign the Gift Aid declaration I can recover an additional £2.50 from HMRC, so your £10 is actually worth £12.50 to the WHN.You do however need to earn enough to pay tax and if you pay higher rate tax you will need to declare this on your tax returns but it will not increase the amount of tax you pay.
I would therefore ask all members to sign the Gift Aid declaration as it is a really simple way for WHN to increase its revenue.
Dr Jane Berney FCA
WHN Charity Representative

We are always looking for contributions to our blog. If you have an idea for a blog post then please contact Jocelynne Scutt at For the guidelines for submission please see here:

Women’s History Magazine
Women’s History Magazine is the journal of the Women’s History Network, publishing long and short articles on all aspects of women’s history, book reviews and more. We would like to draw our membership’s attention to a number of new features being trialled in the Magazine. As well as traditional historical research, the Magazine is interested in publishing short news articles and reports on ongoing historical projects in the area of women’s history, particularly from members of the heritage and education community, with the aim of encouraging ties between our academic and wider audiences and building collaborations.  After the success of a number of special issues, we would also like to invite our membership to consider us as a venue for special issues arising from workshops, conferences and similar events. If you have an idea for such an issue, please get in touch. We have also started publishing themed literature reviews, so if you have are interested in writing one let us know.  Finally, we will, of course, continue in our main business of publishing high quality research articles from both within and outside of academia. We welcome such submissions all year round. All research articles are peer-reviewed and count towards research assessment. If you would like to know more or have an idea, please contact Katie Barclay at

WHN Annual Conference
Home Fronts: Gender, War and Conflict
23rd Women’s History Network Annual Conference
University of Worcester
5-7 September 2014
Offers of papers are invited which draw upon the perspectives of women’s and gender history to discuss practical and emotional survival on the Home Front during war and conflict. Although the term Home Front was initially used during the First World War, and the conference coincides with the commemorations marking the centenary of the beginning of this conflict, we welcome papers which explore a range of Home Fronts and conflicts, across diverse historical periods and geographical areas. For more information on the conference and how to submit an abstract:

The New Georgians exhibition
Orleans House Gallery
3 May - 27 July 2014
The New Georgians celebrates the tercentenary of the Hanoverian accession. This exhibition, part of the Richmond upon Thames Georgian Festival, commemorates this historical event through a display exploring the life and local links of Queen Caroline of Ansbach (1683-1737), wife of King George II. Caroline lavishly dined in the Octagon Room on a visit here in 1729. Her husband’s mistress, Henrietta Howard, lived at the nearby Marble Hill House.
The main focus of the exhibition is contemporary artwork from across the UK submitted via open submission. Artists explore the impact and relevance of 18th century history, society, ideas, culture and styles in the 21st century. Alongside reverent homages and playful pastiches are genres and media revolutionised and popularised in the 18th century, including botanical art, landscapes, portraits, prints and ceramics.
Costume, accessories and the representation and roles of women are also popular themes - which is fitting as the exhibition honours Queen Caroline, who possessed great intellect, culture, personal charm and political influence. In her husband’s absences, she acted as Regent or Protector of the Realm. 
Also on display are works created for the exhibition by the gallery’s artist in residence Michael Coldman. His constructions made from found, recycled and second hand objects are transformed into three dimensional scenes examining Georgian life and Queen Caroline and her Court. These often humorous works are complemented by a choice selection of 18th century caricatures by British artists Hogarth, Smith and Gillray from the Richmond Borough Art Collection.
Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ
Gallery open: Tuesdays - Saturdays 1.00-5.30pm, Sundays 2.00-5.30pm 
Free admission
Tel: 020 8831 6000 
Like Orleans House Gallery on Facebook and @Orleanshg on Twitter



For a new essay in Scottish women's or gender history
Women’s History Scotland awards a bi-annual prize of £100 for a new essay in the field of Scottish women's and/or gender history.
 The prize was established in 2002 to celebrate the work of Leah Leneman, one of the foremost historians of women in Scotland. A trail-blazer for women's history in Scotland, she produced innovative studies on the women's suffrage movement, on women in medicine, and on sexuality and divorce in the early modern and modern periods.
Women’s History Scotland wishes to acknowledge the important work of Leah Leneman and to encourage new women's & gender historians to publish their work and to continue researching and writing in the field of Scottish women's and gender history.
 Forms of work that may be submitted include: undergraduate dissertation, postgraduate work (e.g. Masters dissertation or chapter of PhD) or a piece of original research by an independent scholar. Please note the instructions for preparation below.
¨     The essay must be principally focused on some aspect of Scottish women's or gender history but may deal with any time period.
¨     No area of Scottish women’s or gender history is excluded.
¨     The submission should be written in English and in a form suitable for publication.
¨     It should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words in length. Longer or shorter submissions will not be considered.
¨     The essay should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
To be eligible to submit an essay to the competition the candidate must not be in permanent academic employment. The essay will be considered by a panel of judges set up by the Steering Committee of Women’s History Scotland and the prize will be presented at one of the Scottish Women's History Network conferences. The winning essay may be put forward to be considered for publication in the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies.
Queries about eligibility of the entrant or essay topic should be addressed to Deborah Simonton (
An electronic copy (PDF) of the completed essay should be sent to Deborah Simonton at the above email address by Friday, 19 December 2014.

Include full name and contact details on a separate sheet, and not on the essay.



Gender, Generation and the Body
Hosted by The West of England and South Wales WHN
University of Cardiff
21 June 2014
This conference will explore the relation of ideas and experiences of gender, generation and the body in a range of historical contexts. The keynote speaker is Dr. Garthine Walker (Cardiff University). We encourage participants to consider the relation of gender and the body to ‘generation’ in its many possible meanings: an expression of demographic fact; as shorthand for shared cultural characteristics (“the lost generation”); a description of age; and an act of origination, production, or procreation. We welcome the involvement of postgraduate researchers.
The West of England & South Wales Women’s History Network is able to offer a limited number of competitive bursaries to contribute towards attendance. For details, see:

Situating Women’s Liberation; Historicizing a Movement Symposium
University of Portsmouth
Friday 4 July 2014

The women’s liberation movement (WLM) erupted into late 1960s Western society as a powerful force for social change, challenging rigidly defined and oppressive sex role stereotypes, promoting a set of formal demands for women’s equality and introducing terms such as ‘sexism’ and ‘male chauvinist’ into everyday language. There is little doubt that the women’s liberation movement had a profound impact, yet popular images of the original ‘women’s libbers’ portray second wave feminists as men hating, bra burning, dungaree clad harridans. There is currently renewed interest in feminism, and an upsurge of feminist activity. This has been accompanied by a desire amongst feminist historians to develop the historiography of the WLM. The aim of this one day conference is to historicize the women’s liberation movement within western society between c1968-1990.

This conference is aimed primarily at historians but will also be of interest to scholars in other disciplines, notably Literature, Cultural Studies, Sociology and Media Studies.A selection of the papers will be published in a Special Issue of Women’s History Review. Website and Booking:


2014 Colloquium Nursing History: a work in progress
Kingston University London
Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames
9 July 2014

This year the Colloquium is returning to its roots, and presents a collection of papers which focus on current work in progress. The papers cover a vast array of subjects, time and place, from 18th century British military nursing to nursing in rural communities in Bulgaria in the 20th century.  Continuing the Colloquium’s proud tradition of providing a supportive environment for researchers to present new work each paper will be assigned a rapporteur, who will provide initial feedback followed by an open discussion.   The colloquium will be led by Dr Sue Hawkins and will feature a keynote paper from women’s and gender historian Dr Deborah Simonton.
Registration is now open. Register early using the link below, where programme details can also be found: capacity is limited to max. 60 people, allocated on a strictly ‘first come, first served’ basis! 
Price:  £15 (£10 students and unwaged)
For further information and programme visit the UKAHN website:
or contact Sue Hawkins at

Premodern Queenship and Diplomacy in Europe
Canterbury Christ Church University
12-13 September 2014

This conference organised by Canterbury Christ Church University and Lancaster University seeks to raise important questions about the role that premodern queens played in diplomatic relations throughout Europe. Traditionally, female involvement in diplomacy has focused upon the role of queens consort as pawns within marriage alliances and military treaties, or the foreign policy agenda of queens regnant. However, queens in the medieval and early modern period were central to developing international relations; promoting certain policies and people; and balancing the intricacies of European politics. These women could act not only independently of male influence, but also on behalf of their own personal dynastic interests, placing them sometimes at odds with their marital allegiance. This conference builds upon recent interest in diplomacy and elite women’s involvement in policy-making and politics to show that diplomacy was not a male-dominated area controlled by the monarch alone.

Is Gender Still Relevant?
University of Bradford 
16-17 September 2014

Abstract DEADLINE: 23 June 2014

Despite over 30 years of campaigning and policy, why does gender remain a key issue today?
The ‘Is Gender Still Relevant?’ seminar, sponsored by the British Academy, addresses the state of play in gender research in the historic disciplines, and asks if (and why) we still need feminism.
The event will discuss both research and academic practice and welcomes participation from all career stages, particularly early career scholars. We are also keen on perspectives from all genders – this isn’t just about women!
We invite abstracts for short papers from colleagues of all career stages and across the Historical Disciplines (in its broadest sense – including History of Science, and cross overs between humanities and sciences). We are particularly keen on workshop papers addressing the themes of: gender and representation; architecture and space; and gender identities past and present.

For architecture and space abstracts, please email Emily Fioccoprile and Emily Cuming
For all other abstracts, please email Karina Croucher
Are you an early career scholar? Would you be interested in collaboratively organising an interdisciplinary workshop within the event on either gender and representation, or gender identities past and present? Or another topic we haven’t thought of? Please let us know!
Confirmed Participants include:
Prof Roberta Gilchrist, University of Reading (FBA and event champion)
Prof Maggie Andrews, University of Worcester
Thomas Dowson, Independent researcher
Prof Patricia Skinner, Swansea University
Prof Helen King, Open University
Prof Ray Laurence, University of Kent
Dr Anne Murphy, University of Hertfordshire
Dr Garthine Walker, Cardiff University
For further details, including how to register, please visit     
Contact details:

Intersectionality:  A Space for Theoretical and Practitioner Discussion
The University of Sussex
21-22 November 2014

Abstract DEADLINE: 30 June 2014

The Race in the Americas (RITA) group presents a two-day conference bringing together academics, activists and practitioners who share a concern for and interest in intersectionality.  The event will include:

>Academic presentations on the theme of intersectionality
>Activist and practitioner presentations on how and why intersectionality features in their work
>A roundtable discussion involving academics, activists and practitioners fleshing out a comparison between the intersectionality which is theorised in academia and the intersectionality which guides activists and practitioners in the everyday

We invite proposals from academics, practitioners, those who identify their work to be intersectional in focus and application, undergraduate and postgraduate students across disciplines, as well as activists, public policy theorists and members of civil society organisations to submit proposals that focus on, or include, the theme of ‘intersectionality’. 

Please send proposals of 250 – 300 words for a 20-minute presentation along with a brief biography to by Monday 30th June, 2014.  For further information please go to

Refreshments will be provided.

This event is supported by the University of Sussex.

About the Newsletter
The Newsletter of the Women’s History Network is circulated to all members on a monthly basis. It provides an up-to-date means of communication and information sharing between members of the network and enables the Steering Committee to keep members up-to-date with news, conferences and other events concerning women’s history. The Newsletter provides a forum for publicising your events and informing members about other activities and projects.  The contents of the Newsletter depend partly upon what has been submitted for circulation by members. So please feel free to send information about Conferences, Events, News, indeed anything that you think would be of interest to members of WHN to the editor, Meleisa Ono-George, The deadline for copy is the last day of the month, for the next month’s newsletter (usually sent out on or before the 5th of the month)
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