British Women Documentary Makers 1935 – 55

CALL FOR PAPERS:  British Women Documentary Filmmakers 1930-1955

Proposals are invited for a one-day symposium to be held at the London School of Economics on 5th April 2019.

As the work of filmmakers including Jill Craigie, Kay Mander and Marion Grierson testify, women have played a significant part in the early decades of British documentary and informational filmmaking. Women were a vital part of the war effort and this was apparent in the films made by the Ministry of Information as well as newsreels, documentaries and dramas. Women also worked behind the camera as directors, editors and scriptwriters on …


Professional Women: the public, the private, and the political

LSE Library, the home of the Women’s Library
on 6-7 September 2019

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 – to 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 …

Women and Slavery: Agency and Constraint in the Slaveholding South

Women and Slavery: Agency and Constraint in the Slaveholding South

Saturday 19th January 2019, 9.30am-5pm

Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University

This one-day conference explores the varied experiences of southern women in the nineteenth century slaveholding south. Key themes include Sex, Violence and Female Agency in the lives of enslaved and white women; and the memory of light-skinned enslaved women who spoke in the WPA narratives as ‘passing’ as white. Another key theme will investigate Gender, Parenthood and Slavery in its varied forms, and it will examine the relationship between enslaved children and their ‘white’ slaveholding mistress, affective ties between …

Women & Power: Redressing the Balance

Conference Call for Papers
Women & Power: Redressing the Balance

University of Oxford, 6-7th March, 2019

Throughout 2018 the National Trust is running a programme of public events, exhibitions and new interpretation to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act which granted some women the right to vote in British parliamentary elections for the first time. We are one of many heritage, cultural and academic institutions marking this anniversary.
Many of the programmes, exhibitions and events responding to the centenary this year are not only exploring the stories of 100 years ago but openly questioning the representation …

Women’s History Seminars

Institute of Historical Research
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street

All are welcome.  No need to book.

All seminars at 17.15, IHR Room N301 (Third Floor, Pollard Room) (unless stated otherwise)

28 September 2018

Louise Ryan (Sheffield) The Irish Votes for Women Movement and the tricky relationship with British Suffragists

While there was much that united Irish and British suffragists, not least their shared campaign for the vote from the Westminster parliament, it would be wrong to underestimate the important differences between these two movements.  British women were fighting for enfranchisement from their own parliament, even though the government …