Calls for Papers

Wives, Widows and Carers

Call for Papers

Wives, Widows and Carers

Saturday 28 March

at St Giles Hospice, Fisherwick Rd, Whittington, Lichfield WS14 9LH

This conference is organised by The Women’s History Network: Midlands Region

Women in all societies across all historical periods have been defined by their roles as wives, widows or carers.  Such roles, although ubiquitous, are not always well recorded or discussed in mainstream history.  This conference therefore seeks to both recover the histories of such women and to think critically about what these roles mean for women.

Are such roles a source of power, pain or pleasure?

How have individual women’s lives been shaped by being a wife, widow or carer?

How are all women defined by the roles wives, widows and carers ?

What rewards do these roles offer?

How do such roles shape women’s interactions with the public sphere, with the worlds of work and politics?

We are seeking proposals of papers for the conference – If you are interested in taking part, please submit abstracts of 2-300 words to by 30 January 2020. We encourage contributions from those interested in, working, studying or volunteering in any area of women’s history. Please make sure that you include a title, any institutional affiliation and contact details.