Calls for Papers, Events, WHN Annual Conference

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

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The theme of this year’s conference is around the history of migration, and specifically the detrimental impact the gendered nature of it has had on women. The conference will seek to bring women’s voices to the forefront, and examine and highlight their migratory experiences, both nationally and internationally, and across all time periods.
Papers may be on any aspect of women and migration but topics may include:

• Labour migration
• The lived experience of migration
• Diasporas
• Slavery and forced migration
• Race, ethnicity and migration
• Refugees
• Pogroms
• The politics of migration/immigration
• Emotion and migration
• Migration in the archives and heritage sector
• Migration and local communities

We are seeking proposals for individual 15 minute papers, or a panel of up to 4 papers, on any of these themes, or other topics broadly connected to women’s experiences of migration. We particularly encourage papers which focus on the pre-modern period and/or outside the Western world. Please use the attached form to submit a proposal which should be sent to by 31 March 2023. Abstract submission template 2023

We would also be very keen for proposals for other forms of panels, such as roundtable discussions on the conference themes. We would be delighted to hear from those working in the heritage sector or community history groups working on gender and migration.

In addition, we will be running a Lightning Talks Open Strand for postgraduate students and ECRs. Lightning Talks should be no more than ten minutes but can be on any aspect of women’s/gender history. Please use the same form to submit for this strand.

The conference will be held online via Zoom. We very much encourage scholars from outside the UK to submit proposals. The conference will be held on 1 and 2 September, from approx. 10am to 4pm GMT each day.

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