The Women’s Studies Group: 1558-1837 is a small, informal multi-disciplinary group formed to promote women’s studies in the early modern period and the long eighteenth century. The group was established to enable those interested in women’s studies to keep in touch with each other, to hear about members’ interests and relevant publications, and to organise regular meetings and an annual workshop where members can meet and discuss women’s studies topics. The WSG membership is open to men and women, graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars. The group meets in the Senate House of the University of London, on Malet Street, W1.Currently the group meets roughly every other month and features (as a new policy) two speakers. Papers can be any length up to 45 minutes, and can be formal or informal, or even work-in-progress. The papers are followed by very supportive and informal discussion by members present. Members and non-members, men and women, are invited to give papers.
The topics can be anything related to any aspect of women’s studies: that includes more than just women writers-any activity of a woman or women in the period of our concern, or anything that affects or is affected by women in this time period, such as the law, religion, etc. Male writers writing about women or male historical figures who have a bearing on the condition of women in this period are also a potential topic.
Our first papers this Autumn will be:
SAT, SEPT. 22: Ana Vogrincic, “Gossip in Eighteenth-Century England: Between Literature and Sociability, 2:00pm, Room NG 14 North Block Senate House, ground floor.
Linda Bree, “Editing Jane Austen’s Manuscripts,” 3:00, same venue.
Please see our website for more information: http://www.womensstudiesgroup.org.uk/