Women’s History Network Annual Conference 2020

Save the Date: 3-4 September 2020

Homes, Food and Farms

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.

Confirmed Keynote speakers include:

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

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

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

We welcome and encourage participation from anyone interested in women’s history so there will be opportunities to contribute to the Open Strand  – with Ignite talks, Lightening Talks and a 3 Minute thesis competition, as well as our usual poster competition.

Denman has been the residential college for the Women’s Institute Movement since the 1950s /1940s seeking to offer adult liberal education to inspire women and men from the UK and beyond

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