CfP for a Panel on Women’s History and Business History

From 29 to 31 August 2019 the Annual Congress of the European Business History Association will be held at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam:


The focus of the association is not so much on comparative statistical economics, but more on the historical development and context of business, the institutional framework in which business develops, and the human factor in business development.

I aim to put together a panel on women’s history. The topic is still to be decided, but it would be nice to focus on direct female economic agency – such as women as managers or business owners, …

Homes fit for Heroines ?

Homes fit for Heroines ? 

A conference organized by the Women’s History Network: Midlands Region, University of Worcester, Avoncroft Museum and the Voices of War and Peace WWI Engagement Centre.

On Saturday 16 March, 2019 at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings,  Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, Midlands B60 4JR.

In 1918, the day after the armistice the Prime Minister Lloyd George promised ‘homes fit for heroes’ would be built for the returning soldiers. But behind this slogan lie many controversies: who would provide these homes, who would decide what a ‘fit’ home was and would they be suitable working environments for women …

CfP: White Slavery in Transnational and International Context, 1880-1950

Date: 21 June 2019

Location: University of Warwick (UK)

Keynote: Brian Donovan ((University of Kansas)

This is a call for abstracts for paper, poster and creative presentations for a one day interdisciplinary conference on white slavery, as trafficking in women was historically called. The conference seeks to question how white slavery manifested in transnational and international contexts but welcomes papers on any localities.

We welcome papers exploring different aspects of white slavery from nationalism to visual representations, and their impact on anti-white slavery legislation. The conference seeks to investigate white slavery and its legacies from conceptual, legal, popular culture perspectives. …


Professional Women:

the public, the private, and the political


2019 marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act in Britain, which opened all ‘civil professions or vocations’, including the civil service and legal profession, to women. It was a significant landmark – but neither a beginning or an end – in the history of professional women.

This conference will explore not only the significance of the 1919 Act, but also the ‘professional woman’ in all periods, nations and forms. She is found far beyond ‘the professions’, in fields ranging from agriculture to industry, …

Call for Papers: ‘Breaking Bounds’, an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference on 19th-century women

Call for Papers: ‘Breaking Bounds’ Postgraduate Conference, Centre for Studies in Literature, University of Portsmouth

Proposals are invited for a one-day interdisciplinary postgraduate conference to be held at the University of Portsmouth on Saturday May 11th , 2019

“We shall and must break bounds at intervals, despite the terrible revenge that awaits our return.”   – Charlotte Brontë, Villette (1853).

Social media movements such as #MeToo and #WhyIDidntReport have created spaces for women to share their experiences of sexual violence, harassment and objectification, as well as condemning the seeming acceptability of men abusing their positions of power. Going beyond individual stories, …