Events

Women’s Studies Group: 1558-1837 (London): Speaker Sessions 2017-18

2017-18 SPEAKER SESSIONS. All meetings at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ.

We will be allowed into the room at 12.30 pm., to give us time to sort out paperwork and technology, but sessions will run from 1.00-4.00 pm. So please arrive a little early if you can.

Saturday September 23, 2017

Charmian Mansell: Female servants in the early modern community: space, place and identity.

Christina Paine: Crises of Celebrity (on Angelica Catalani and her experience as a highly successful female immigrant singer in London, between 1806 and 1814).

Emma Clery: Jane Austen on Money.…

Stories from the Birthing Room

London Renaissance Seminar

Stories from the birthing room

 

Thursday 18 May 3pm-8.30pm
Room G04,
Birkbeck College School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1

 

What happened in the early modern birthing room? Though the scene of birth is often understood as secret, a surprising number of texts tell us its story. Exploring material from Mary Tudor and Jane Seymour to the plays of Margaret Cavendish and the testimony of vagrant women, this event involves a seminar and a performed reading.

 

3pm-5pm Seminar.

Leah Astbury, ‘Preparing for delivery in seventeenth-century England’

Isabel Davis, ‘A birthing room but no birth’

Adrian Wilson, ‘A …

The Fruitful Body: Gender and Image

Annual Workshop of the Women’s Studies Group, 1558–1837
The Fruitful Body: Gender and Image

The Foundling Museum, London, 6 May 2017

The Women’s Studies Group, 1558–1837 annual workshop takes place every spring at The Foundling Museum in London. A distinguished invited speaker provides the keynote in the morning, followed by discussion and lunch; in the afternoon, participants each give a 5-minute presentation on a subject relevant to the theme of the keynote, followed by discussion. Previous speakers have included Jacqueline Labbe of the University of Sheffield and Laura Gowing of King’s College London. This year’s speaker is Karen Hearn of …

Women’s History Seminar: January – March 2017

Women’s History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street

IHR at 17.15 in Room N301 (Pollard Room) 

All are welcome

Friday, 20 January 2017: Charmian Mansell (Exeter)  Domestic service?  The experiences of female servants in early modern communities

    Service was a typical and defining experience for young women in early modern England.  Ann Kussmaul estimates that around 60 per cent of 15- to 24-year-olds were employed as servants, working in rural and urban, rich and poor households across the country in exchange for wages and bed and board.  Female service is typically studied in a …

Workshop: Women’s Work: Women’s Employment in the First World War and Interwar Years

Friday 27 January 2017, 10.00-16.00 – Sheffield

This workshop explores the experiences, working practices, myth and realities for middle-class and professional women during the war years and the decades that followed. It will examine these women at work on the land, as nurses, in the Civil Service, at the BBC, in trade unions, as secretaries, as office clerks and as portrayed in fiction, considering career opportunities as well as challenges and restrictions. In exploring women’s employment, it will examine how occupational identities, training and working practices were shaped by class and gender.  The full programme is available using the booking …