17th Annual Conference of the Women’s History Network – Gender and Generations: Women and Life Cycles

17th Annual Conference of the Women’s History Network

Gender and Generations: Women and Life Cycles

University of Glasgow

5-7 September, 2008


Concepts and experiences of the life-course have been critical to making
sense of gender difference and women’s lives in the past, and have
traditionally been a central  concern of historians of women. Integral to
pioneering work on the history of reproduction  and the family, work and
leisure, and the body, science and medicine, analysis of the life  cycles
of women has nonetheless left many questions yet to be explored. This
conference encourages comparison of women’s life cycle experiences both
across the widest possible range of times and places, and with the life
cycle experiences of men.  The focus will also be on inter-generational
relations as an important, yet often neglected,  explanatory factor in
either continuity or change over time.

Keynote speakers include Professor Lynda Coon, University of Arkansas,
and Dr. Michael Roper, University of Essex.

Possible themes include: fertility and virility; reproductive rituals; the
history of the body;  motherhood and fatherhood; productive and
reproductive divisions of labour;  inheritance, women and property; the
history of childhood; youth culture; courtship and marriage;  gender and
old age; death and dying; family histories; sibling relationships;
inter-generational conflict; generations and change.

Proposals for individual papers of no more than 20 minutes or for panels of
up to three papers are welcome.  Panel proposals should be thematic in
focus with cross-cultural coverage or the inclusion of papers  that enable
comparison across chronological boundaries.

For individual paper proposals, please send an abstract of no more than 500
words and a one-page CV.  For panels, please send a CV for each speaker,
and an overall rationale for the panel, in addition to the abstract.
Please send proposals by 31 January 2008 to:

Dr. Rosemary Elliot
Department of Economic and Social History
University of Glasgow
Lilybank House
Bute Gardens
Glasgow G12 8RT
E-mail: r.elliot@lbss.gla.ac.uk


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