SHAW Annual Conference, July 7th 2023

The SHAW one-day annual conference has been co-organised with Manchester Metropolitan University. Join us to hear a wide range of papers on topics that centre the experience of women or those who identify as women in the history of the Americas. The four panels this year focus on:

• Reproduction and Motherhood During Slavery.
• Abortion, Illness and Cultural Politics.
• Indigeneity and Gender Violence.
• Bodily Autonomy, Reproduction and Law in the Americas.

Conference Programme

Registration and refreshments: 9.00am- 9.30am.

Conference welcome: 9.30am-9.45am
Marie Molloy, SHAW Chair, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Panel One: 9.45am-11.15am
Reproduction and Motherhood During Slavery.
Chair: Marie Molloy, Manchester Metropolitan University.

• Family, Gender, and Reproductive Regimentation in the Antebellum South, 1808-1865, Aisha Djelid, University of Reading.
• Community-based gynaecological care and involuntary motherhood in the antebellum South, Andrea Livesey, Liverpool John Moores University.
• Freedom and Motherhood under Enslavement, Hannah Simmons, Northwestern University.

SHORT BREAK: 11.15am-11.30am

Panel Two: 11.30am- 1.15pm
Abortion, Illness and Cultural Politics

Chair: Mara Keire, Oxford University.

• The Response to Roe v. Wade among University Students in the Bible Belt: Examining Religious, Political, and Social Reactions to a Landmark Supreme Court Decision, Emma Bowker, University College, London.
• Protecting Pregnant Teens: Mothers Against Minors’ Abortions and the Campaign for Parental Consent, Isobel Bloom, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
• Chronic Illness and Motherhood in the Twentieth Century United States, Emma Day, Rothermere American Institute, Oxford.
• Negro Theatre Workshop (NTW) and the Kuumba, Alexandrea Keith, Northwestern University.

LUNCH BREAK: 1.15pm-2.15pm

PANEL THREE: 2.15-3.15pm
Indigeneity and Gender Violence

Chair: Sinead McEneaney, Open University

• Circles of Conversation: Resistance and Resurgence Go Hand in Hand, Keri Cheechoo, Wilfrid Laurier University.
• Battlefield Bodies: Embodying the Borderland in Colonial Chile, Marin Aguilera, Liverpool University.

SHORT BREAK: 3.15pm – 3.30pm

PLENARY ROUNDTABLE: 3.30pm- 4.50pm
Bodily Autonomy, Reproduction and Law in the Americas.
Chair: tbc.

Michell Chresfield, Cornell University.
• Rebecca Ogden, University of Kent.
• Rachell Sánchez-Rivera, Cambridge University.
• Genevieve Johnson-Smith, Newcastle University.

CLOSING COMMENTS: 4.50pm-5.00pm.
Marie Molloy, SHAW Chair, Manchester Metropolitan University.



Costs: £50 waged, £30 PGR.

Please register via:

The optional conference dinner will be held at HOME restaurant, Manchester. Food and Drink in Manchester – Places to Eat at HOME ( Please note, this will incur an additional cost, on a pay as you go basis. Please email by June 23rd, 2023, to reserve a space.

Financial assistance for this year’s conference has been provided by BAAS, the US Embassy and Manchester Metropolitan University’s Histories of RGSI: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Identity research group.


This is not a residential conference, and we encourage attendees to book accommodation that suits their budget. There are several hotels within a short distance of Manchester Metropolitan University. provides a range of options to suit all budgets. Premier Inn, Portland Road or Ibis offers good value budget accommodation.

For reference the location of the conference will be held at:

Manchester Metropolitan University
Business School, All Saints campus, M15 6BH.