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Women’s History Network Annual Conference 2020

Call for Papers 

Homes, Food and Farms

NEW DATE 15-16 January 2021

Venue – Denman College, New Rd, Marcham, Abingdon OX13 6NW.


The conference seeks to take a critical look at the history of homes, families and how the experiences, understandings and interpretations of domestic life have shifted over time. It will also encourage participants to interrogate the roles women have taken in producing and managing the consumption of food, as farmers, housewives, gardeners and workers in agriculture and other industries.


Keynote Speakers

Caroline Bressey – author of  Empire, Race and Anti-Caste ( 2015  

Laurel Forster–author of The Recipe Reader: Narratives, Contexts, Traditions (2010)

There will also be a series of online activities on the original date – 3-4 September 2020 including an online Keynote from

Prof. Jane Whittle – Lead Investigator on Leverhulme funded ‘Women’s work in rural England 1500-1700: a new methodological approach’

We invite submissions of 200-word abstracts for papers of 15-minutes in length which take a critical look at these areas of history.

We also welcome and encourage participation from anyone interested in other areas of Women’s History in the Open Strand.  Contributors to this strand have the option of offering a 5 minute ignite talk, a 10 minute lightening talk or a poster.  We invite submissions of 100-200 word abstracts, stating your preferred mode of delivery. Please note that all submissions can be delivered in person in January or via virtual means.

All submissions by 27 August  should be on submission form – contact conferenceorganiser@womenshistorynetwork.org  

This year we will also be organizing our first Women’s History 3 minute thesis competition – if you are a postgraduate student, studying any area of women’s history, and would like to take part, please send your name, contact details and details of the title of your thesis, the institution at which you are studying and your supervisor to  conferenceorganiser@womenshistorynetwork.org  by 1 May 2020.