Calls for Papers

CFP: Gender in Modern Welsh History Symposium


Date: 11 September 2019
Location: Cardiff University

This one-day symposium aims to bring together early career researchers and established scholars who work on any aspect of the history of gender in nineteenth and twentieth-century Wales. It will seek to interrogate gender as a concept which encompasses both femininity and masculinity, to provide fresh perspectives on familiar themes, and to encourage delegates to consider how gender can transform broader narratives in histories of Wales. Significant advances have been made in the field of Welsh women’s history since Deirdre Beddoe’s eminently quotable claim in 1981 that if ‘a creature from outer space landed in Wales and worked through Welsh history, she would be perplexed as to how the Welsh procreated’. Pioneering research by historians such as Beddoe, Angela V. John and Ursula Masson has deepened our knowledge of the experiences of women in Wales’s past and how they intersected with national, religious and political ideologies. Masculinity, too, has come under increasing scrutiny since the publication of Paul O’Leary’s call for studies of male identity. This event will reflect on these historiographical developments during the last three decades, while also considering the gaps that remain. We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers on aspects of gender in modern Welsh history. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  •     Gendered intersections of race, ethnicity and class
  •     Gender, sexuality and the body
  •     Gender and disability
  •     Gendered structures of migration
  •     Cisgender and transgender identities
  •     Religion, language and education
  •     Paid and unpaid work
  •     The family
  •     Politics, protest and gender
  •     Gendered spaces and material cultures
  •     ‘Four nations’, regional and comparative methodologies

We hope to publish a selection of revised papers as an edited collection.

There is also a small pot of funding to help towards travel expenses for postgraduates and early career researchers.

Please send c.200 word abstracts to Stephanie Ward ( and Beth Jenkins ( by 7th June 2019.