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CfP: Narratives of Ageing in the Nineteenth Century University of Lincoln, 23rd July 2019

Narratives of Ageing in the Nineteenth Century

University of Lincoln, 23rd July 2019

Organisers: Dr Alice Crossley, Dr Amy Culley, Dr Rebecca Styler

Plenary Speaker: Prof. Devoney Looser, Arizona State University, ‘Ageing in Public: Women Authors in the Nineteenth Century’

This conference responds to the burgeoning critical interest of humanities scholars in age, ageing, and stages of life from childhood to old age in the nineteenth century. The figure of the child and the imaginative investment in the idea of childhood are the focus of seminal studies of ageing in this period. However, recent critical engagements have suggested the …

Reflections on Women’s History Month by Professor Maggie Andrews

In this fascinating blog, our committee chair, Professor Maggie Andrews reflects on what women’s history means to her.

March is Women’s History Month a chance for those in WHN and beyond to share their passion, curiosity and enthusiasm about the multiple complex and contradictory histories of women. It is an opportunity explore the ways in which women have made and been made by history and to celebrate some of the wonderful research and activities that are going on. Women’s history now has a place in museums and heritage organisations, it adorns the shelves of libraries and bookshops, is studied by …

Things to do during Women’s History Month

Are you looking for something to do this Women’s History Month? Well, look no further as here are a list of activities to suit every budget!

  • Celebrate Women’s History with Tower Hamlets Council: ‘A diverse range of events including talks, documentaries, exhibitions and health and wellbeing days will celebrate women’s contributions to society and focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment as the council joins community groups to mark International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month 2019.The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 on 8 March is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”’.
  • Women of London:

Queering recognition: Exploring ‘corrective rape’ and black lesbian sexuality in a local and transnational context, By Dr. Nadine Lake

The post-apartheid political and social landscape has provided researchers, scholars and readers with an opportunity to reconceptualise the LGBTQ+ category in public culture. My PhD titled ‘Corrective rape and black lesbian sexualities in contemporary South African cultural texts’ (2017) explored the category ‘black lesbian’ through mainstream and counter-discourses identified in South African print media (2003-2014), literature, and visual activism. ‘Corrective rape’, i.e. the rape of lesbian women by heterosexual men to ‘correct’ or ‘cure’ lesbian sexuality, emerged as a prominent concern in South Africa in 2003. The Independent on Saturday[1] newspaper reported on the staggering number of lesbians …

Blitzmädels an die Front: A Lesser Known Female War Film

‘Women, Oberführerin,belong in the kitchen and in bed.’[1]Oberleutnant Wagner’s scathing dismissal of women at war epitomises the gender challenges faced by Oberführerin Hanna Helmke and her female air signals assistants in “Blitzmädels an die Front” (‘Lightning Girls on the Front’). Released on 22 August 1958, this obscure West German war film follows a fictional group of young German women who serve alongside the Luftwaffe (German air force) during the Second World War. The real-life Blitzmädels (‘lightning girls’) they are based on – nicknamed after the lightning bolts on their uniform sleeves – received, deciphered and transmitted …