The Women’s History Network Annual Conference

The annual WHN conference is held each year in late August or early September. It aims to bring together anyone interested in women’s history; for many of our members the conference is the highlight of belonging to the network.

The Conference is a friendly and welcoming event, providing an exciting forum where people from the UK and beyond can meet and share research and interests.

Each year well-known historians give plenary speakers and we hold a reception at which the WHN prizes are awarded.  There are some bursaries available to enable postgraduate students or those on a low income to attend.

To get a sense of what attending one of our conferences is like, take a look at the short film we had made of our 2017 Conference in Birmingham

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Curating the Female Self: 32nd WHN Annual Conference

32nd Women’s History Network Annual Conference  Hosted with the Bedford Centre for the History of Women and Gender at Royal Holloway University, 5-6 September 2024 Women’s History Network and the Bedford Centre for the History of Women and Gender look forward to welcoming you to Royal Holloway, University of London, which will be celebrating 175 […]

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WHN 2024 Conference Bursaries

We are offering a limited number of bursaries to support postgraduates, early career scholars, those not affiliated to a university (therefore not eligible for university funding towards academic conferences) and those with extenuating circumstances. To be eligible for a bursary, you must: Be a WHN member. If you are not, you can become one here: […]

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Women’s History Network Annual Conference: ‘Curating the Female Self’, September 2024

First Call for Papers Women’s History Network Annual Conference  Hosted with the Bedford Centre for the History of Women and Gender at Royal Holloway University, 5-6 September 2024 Women’s History Network and the Bedford Centre for the History of Women and Gender look forward to welcoming you to Royal Holloway, University of London, which will […]

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Women’s History Network Annual Conference: ‘Women and Migration’, 1 and 2 September 2023

image via State Library of New South Wales The Women’s History Network is delighted to announce that the final programme for our annual conference, Women and Migration, is now live. Click this link to download it and access the Zoom links for the panels Our keynote speakers are Dr Camillia Cowling, whose paper is entitled […]

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Women’s History Network Annual Conference: ‘Addressing the Nation’ 2 & 3 September 2022

Women’s History Network Annual Conference: ‘Addressing the Nation’ 2 & 3 September 2022 (Online via Zoom, Free to attend) Autumn 2022 marks the centenary of the BBC. From almost the very start, women worked in many capacities including behind the scenes, making programmes and speaking on air. This conference will explore how women across the […]

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Women’s History Network Book Prize 2021: Chair’s Report

  This year eight books were submitted for the Women’s History Network book prize. It was a wonderful set of entries: every book was of a high academic standard, every book was well researched, every book made an original contribution to women’s history. The judges – myself Paula Bartley, Prof Barbara Bush, Prof Krista Cowman, […]

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Women’s History Network Annual Conference 2-4 September 2021 – Homes, Food and Farm

Women’s History Network Annual Conference 2 –  4 September 2021 Homes, Food and Farms *2nd- 4th September 2021 *  This is now going to be an online conference.  In recent years Women’s History has made a significant contribution to debates and explorations of histories of homes, families and domestic life. Women’s multiple and varied roles in the […]

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2019 WHN Conference Report: ‘Professional Women: the public, the private, and the political’

Women’s History Network Annual Conference LSE Library 6-7 September 2019 In acknowledgement of the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act (SD(R)A), the Women’s History Network (WHN) held a two-day conference at the London School of Economics Library on Friday 6 – Saturday 7 September 2019 entitled ‘Professional Women: the public, the private, and the […]

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2018 Conference – The Campaign for Women’s Suffrage : National and International Perspectives

In 2018 our conference was held beside the sea at the University of Portsmouth. There was a wonderful range of speakers from UK and beyond, some of the highlights included Barbara Caine from the University of Sydney discussing Feminist Autobiography and the Creation of the Self and Eric Franklin from the University of Basel, Switzerland […]

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