Calls for Papers, Conferences

Eleanor Rathbone Symposium

From Somerville to Westminster, 1893 – 1946

A one-day Symposium  and room-naming ceremony to be held at SOMERVILLE COLLEGE,OXFORD to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the death of Eleanor Rathbone (1872 – 1946), Somerville’s first Member of Parliament.  Friday 22 January 2016, 9.30 am –  4.30pm.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Susan Pedersen, Professor of History, Columbia University, New York. Professor Pedersen will discuss the network of female support that underlies Rathbone’s achievements.

Confirmed speaker:      Dr Julie Gottlieb, University of Sheffield.  ‘Eleanor Rathbone and the Women Churchillians: The Gender Politics of Anti-Appeasement.’

The conference organisers welcome proposals for papers covering the period 1893- 1946 which explore campaigns and issues with which Eleanor was engaged, such as, but not limited to:

  • Politics, national and international
  • Education
  • Social change
  • Citizenship and suffrage
  • Family and child poverty
  • Welfare reform
  • Women in the public sphere

Please submit an abstract of 200 – 300 words to Susan Cohen ( and Lesley Urbach (  by 20 September 2015. The cost, which includes a two-course buffet lunch, all teas, coffees and biscuits, is £ 25.00 for delegates and £ 12. 50 for students.

For enquiries and to book a place please e mail.  Dr Susan Cohen,

The symposium is supported by Rathbones, Liverpool and London, and Somerville College, Oxford.