Gender and History Conference (Cambridge, UK)

‘Gender and History’

The Cambridge University Centre for Gender Studies, 12th annual Symposium

The Umney Theatre, Robinson College, Cambridge
March 7 2008

The 11th Annual Gender Studies Symposium will bring together some of the world’s leading scholars on the history of gender. Gender history has been at the cutting edge of historical inquiry for the past 25 years, and this is an opportune moment to revisit some of the founding ideas of the discipline, and to ask how recent research has shaped and transformed the history of gender.  Ranging across historical periods from the Roman world to the very contemporary, the symposium will address a variety of questions: What might a transnational history of gender look like? What has been the impact of postcolonial thought and queer theory on the history of gender? Is gender still a useful category of analysis for scholars?  What developments can we expect in the intersection of gender studies and history? 

Speakers include: Linda Colley, Shelby B. Davis professor, Princeton University, whose recent book on an eighteenth century female travel writer links gender history to the history of race and migration.  Polly O’Hanlon, Professor of Indian History and Culture, University of Oxford, works on early modern India.  Tanika Sarkar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, is a foremost historian of gender in India, and has worked extensively on women and the Hindu right.  Harry Cocks, Birkbeck College, University of London, works on the history of sexuality, focusing on nineteenth century homosexual culture and theories of sexuality.  Rebecca Flemming, University of Cambridge, works on gender, medicine and the Roman world. Karen Adler, University of Nottingham, is an editor of the pioneering journal Gender and History, and has published on Jews and Gender in modern France.  Lyndal Roper, University of Oxford, is widely known through bringing psychoanalytic perspectives to bear on historical writing, and she has published extensively on early modern gender history, including the history of witchcraft.  Clare Midgely, Sheffield Hallam University, researches the intersections of gender history and the history of empire.

The Symposium will consist of four sessions, including one plenary session and panels addressing Gender and world history; Sexualities; and Gender and History past present and future.  There will be plenty of opportunity for response and discussion throughout the day.


10-10.30 Registration

10.30 -11.30 Plenary:
Linda Colley

11.45-1.00 Gender and world history
Polly O’Hanlon, University of Oxford
Tanika Sarkar, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Lunch – provided in college, for a voluntary donation for all waged attendees

2-3.30 Sexualities
Harry Cocks, Birkbeck College, University of London
Rebecca Flemming, University of Cambridge

3.45- 5.15 Gender and History past present and future
Karen Adler, Gender and History journal and University of Nottingham
Lyndal Roper, University of Oxford
Clare Midgley, Sheffield Hallam University

For further details, contact the organisers, Deborah Thom and Lucy Delap.  All are welcome to this free event. We would encourage you to register,

The Gender Studies Public Events Series is supported by Cambridge University Press. The Symposium is also sponsored by the Smuts Memorial Fund and the Cambridge Journal of Economics. We are very grateful for their support.

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