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WHN Student Conference 2021: Studying Herstories

WHN Student Conference 2021: Studying Herstories

Programme and Registration Details

We are excited to announce our inaugural student conference on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2021. This conference will celebrate all of the fresh perspectives that students bring to the study of women’s history!

Including a keynote from Dr. Lucy Delap, Reader in Modern British and Gender History at the University of Cambridge.

Drinks reception to celebrate all of our wonderful speakers and participants following the final session at 6:30 pm!


Conference Programme – download book of abstracts hereStudying Herstories

9:20 :  Welcome from Chair of WHN Steering Committee, Professor Maggie Andrews

9:30 -10:30 Media, Culture and Representations, chaired by Anna Muggeridge

10:45 – 11:45  Reading, Writing, and Literary Practices, chaired by Lyndsey Jenkins

12:00 – 13:00 Knowledge and Professionalism, chaired by Dr Nancy Highcock


13:45 – 14:45   Keynote from Dr Lucy Delap  – She has plenty of go in him’: intersections of gender and disability in twentieth century Britain


What happens when historians research the lives of people with intellectual disabilities as low paid workers rather than patients? When we turn away from sources produced by the medical establishment and look to vernacular and workplace records? This paper examines the experiences of British workers, employers and public institutions in relation to intellectual disabilities. By looking at labour markets, gender becomes prominent, with male and female workers having very different experiences of negotiating impairment, workplaces, quotas, state supervision and making a living. What did breadwinning mean for disabled workers who struggled to personify adult male qualities? And how did women’s often informal and low paid work intersect with their experiences of impairment


15:00-16:00  Gendered State Structures, and Women’s Responses to them, chaired by Alice Whiteoak

16:15- 17:15 Activism, chaired by Alex Hughes-Johnson

17:30 – 18:30 Elites, Intellectuals, and Transnational Networks, chaired by Catia Rodrigues

18:30 – 19:00  Online drinks reception – follows on from last session


The Conference is free to WHN members – all sessions are booked individually via  the Our WHN Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/womens-history-network-3235076619

To join go to https://womenshistorynetwork.org/join-us/

The Conference has been sponsored by History West Midlands to find out more about this organisation go to https://historywm.com


3 thoughts on “WHN Student Conference 2021: Studying Herstories

  1. I tried going on EventBrite to book, but there were no upcoming events, when will booking be open?

    1. Hi Michelle,

      I just tried myself and it seems to be working now. Thank you for letting us know and please do let us know if there is a continued problem.

      All Best Wishes,

  2. Good morning,

    I would like to enquire why I have never heard back from you after I sent you an email over one month ago.

    Kind regards,

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