October 2013
Laura Schwartz, Infidel Feminism: Secularism, Religion and Women’s Emancipation, England 1830-1914 (Manchester University Press, 2013)
Infidel feminism is the first in-depth study of a distinctive brand of women’s rights that emerged out of the Victorian Secularist movement. It looks at the lives and work of a number of female activists, whose renunciation of religion shaped their struggle for emancipation. Anti-religious or secular ideas were fundamental to the development of feminist thought, but have, until now, been almost entirely passed over in the historiography of the Victorian and Edwardian women’s movement. In uncovering an important tradition of Freethinking feminism, this book reveals an ongoing radical and free love current connecting Owenite feminism with the more ‘respectable’ post-1850 women’s movement and the ‘New Women’ of the early twentieth century. This book will be invaluable to both scholars and students of social and cultural history and feminist thought, and to interdisciplinary studies of religion and secularisation, as well as those interested in the history of women’s movements more broadly.
Dr. Laura Schwartz is Assistant Professor of Modern British History at the University of Warwick
Come and hear Laura Schwartz and Prof. Barbara Taylor talk about Infidel Feminism at the Book Launch which will be taking place on 21st Nov at 7pm at the Bishopsgate Institute, London.
For further details of the book launch and to book, see here:

Dangerous women


Women’s History Conference

23 November 2013,  10.30am – 5pm

Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, Oldham StreetManchester.   £10/£5

Morning Session 10.30am – 1pm

Women, Politics  and Music Claire Mooney  and Alice Nutter

Women as Political Activists (1)

Sonja Tiernan – Delia Larkin and Women in the 1913 Dublin Lockout

Michael Herbert and Rachel Austin – Hannah Mitchell:  Socialist, Suffragette, Writer

Afternoon Session 2pm – 5pm

Women as Political Activists (2)

Alan Fowler – Alice Foley

Rae Street and Nick Wilding  – Enid Stacy: Socialist, Feminist, Campaigner and Clarion Vanner

Panel Discussion on Socialism and Feminism

Speakers: Lindsey German and Louise Raw

Organised by the North West Labour History Society

More information:


Feminism in London 2013 Conference

Saturday 26 October

Institute of Education, London

What are some of the important issues facing women today?

What can YOU do to help?

The largest Feminist Conference in the UK is taking place on October 26th.

The event will be a coming-together of women and men to reaffirm why feminism is still needed and what can be done to combat the problems faced by women today. Speakers include Caroline Lucas MP, filmmaker and activist Gita Sahgal and barrister and campaigner Shabina Begum. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Object, Finn Mackay and many more will be sharing their views.  There will also be topical workshops including discussions on female genital mutilation, labiaplasty and human trafficking. Secularism within feminism and women in the media will be covered, as well as practical sessions on activism and assertiveness, among many others.

Taking place at the Institute of Education, the event will include the presentation of the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize – an award that celebrates an individual who has raised awareness of violence against women or children. The event will be followed by the annual Reclaim the Night march against sexual violence.

FiL is also hosting the first planning meeting of the Stop Porn Culture movement which will be launching early next year

Art is taking a special place this year, with work being shown from established feminist artists, women in prison and women coming through difficult times.

There is a crèche and workshops for children and teenagers.

Registration for the event is now open and tickets are priced at £10 (unwaged) and £25 (waged). For more information, please visit


Feminist Fightback Presents…
Filmshowing: ‘Born in Flames’
7pm Thursday 19th Sept at the Common House, Unit E, 5 Punderson Gardens, London, E2. Open to all genders and none.
Made in 1983, ‘Born in Flames’ (dir. Lizzie Borden) is an incredible docu-
drama/ sci fi film set in the future, ten years after a social democratic
revolution which has established American Socialism. However, Black and
working-class women are not happy with this form of reformism and start arming
themselves and forming the women’s army to bring about real revolutionary
change (and beat up a few rapists on the way…). It’s an incredible insight
into the Women’s Liberation Movement at a moment of intense artistic and
political creativity, while also providing fascinating footage of pre-
gentrification New York. Plus an ace soundtrack.
£2.50 donation (free for unwaged)

Call for papers – Gender, Equality and Intimacy: (un)comfortable bedfellows?

1-day workshop at the Institute of Education, London, 7th April 2014

The topics of gender, equality and intimacy are becoming increasingly established as important subjects of investigation in the social sciences, with much of the literature pointing to their intersections in the context of personal life (Gabb 2010, Jamieson 1998, Smart 2007) and the clash between ‘ideal’ relationships promoted by policy and expert or self-help literature with the pragmatics of family life (Gillies 2009, Jensen and Tylor 2013). For example, while there is a commitment to encouraging ‘gender equality’ in working cultures and family life in contemporary UK policy, wider cultures of parenting rely on heavily gendered models of appropriate care (Dermot 2008, Faircloth 2013). This workshop seeks to explore further how such intersections of equality and intimacy are experienced by men, women and families, whether as part of a wider ‘therapeutic turn’ in the ethics of self-knowledge (Furedi 2004, Hochschild 2003, Illouz 2007) or as part of a modernisation project in the context of nation building (Twamley 2011).

The workshop will showcase current research from junior and mid-level academics with more senior scholars in the field invited to act as discussants. Confirmed discussants include Prof Lynn Jamieson, Prof Jeffrey Weeks and Dr. Jacqui Gabb. We anticipate producing an edited volume or special journal issue from the workshop.

2014 Conference Social History Society Annual Conference: Call for PapersUniversity of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK, 8-10 April 2014The annual Social History Society Conference is the largest gathering of social and cultural historians in the UK. In 2014 the conference will take place at the University of Northumbria from 8 to 10 April. Proposals for individual papers and panels are warmly invited from new and established researchers in the field.The conference is organised around seven strands that cover a broad range of topics, themes and approaches. In 2014 we launch the new strand Global and transnational approaches. We particularly welcome proposals for papers and panels that focus on the early modern period and that extend social and cultural history beyond Britain. The full list of strands is:• Deviance, Inclusion and Exclusion• Economies, Culture and Consumption• Global and Transnational approaches• Life-cycles and Life-styles• Narratives, Emotions and the Self• Political Cultures, Policy and Citizenship

• Spaces and Places

There is a prize for the best postgraduate paper. Conference delegates are also invited to submit their papers for consideration for publication in Cultural & Social History: The Journal of the Social History Society

The deadline for submission of conference abstracts is Thursday 31 October, 2013.

To submit an abstract for a paper or a panel, a link to the submission page will be available here by 1 October.

Further enquiries can be sent to Linda Persson at:

August 2013

Exhibition: I Want Me Some Brown Sugar – Ope Lori

Date (from): Thu 19 September 2013 Date (to): Sat 2 November 2013

Time: Monday – Friday 11-5pm

198 Contemporary Gallery and Learning, 198 Railton Road SE24 OJT

Price: Free

 Private view: September 19th 18:30 – 21:00

Exhibition: 19 September 2013 to 2 November 2013

Through thought provoking and challenging, newly-commissioned video installations and photographic works, Ope Lori’s explicit use of stereotypes, focuses on taboo subjects, inter-racial mixing, gender role-playing and sexuality, all of which stem from the feminist mantra, that the personal is political.

Ope Lori is a PhD researcher at CCW Graduate School, UAL.

Curated by Maria Kheirkhah at the 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, London.

The exhibition is sponsored by Arts Council England, TrAIN Research Centre  CCW Graduate School.

Free events:

Sex, Gender and Race, the Politics of Women’s Art – 2 day symposium.

Saturday 5th Oct. 10am – 4pm

Lecture Theatre, Chelsea College of Art & Design, in collaboration with TrAIN. Speakers: Keynote: Dr. Lez Henry, Campbell Ex, Nana Adusei-Poku, Dr. Mo Throp, Dr. Maria Walsh and Maria kheirkhah

Saturday 12th Oct. 10.30am – 4.30pm:

198 Contemporary Arts and Learning. Artist tour of exhibition led by Ope Lori the artist and an audience interactive Long Table discussion.

Friday 1st November. 7pm – Late

Maria Kheirkhah in conversation with Ope Lori; closing event with DJ Sistah Cee.

For more information on the two-day symposium accompanying the show – ‘Sex, Gender and Race, the Politics of Women’s Art’, on the 5th & 12th October 2013, please visit: and

Lessons of War: Gender History and the Second World War

Date: 12 and 13 September 2013 Time: 09.30-18.00 Venue: Lancaster University

Detail from Battle of Britain (Paul Day), London Detail from Battle of Britain (Paul Day), London

Under the generous sponsorship of the Royal Historical Society, the Economic History Society, and the Department of History, Lancaster University.

This is an invitation to attend a conference to be held at Lancaster University on 12 and 13 September 2013. The forthcoming seventy-fifth anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War offers an invitation to gender historians to consider how their approaches to the history of the War have introduced, contributed to, and reshaped understandings of the significance of the War and its impact across space and time, on men and women.

We are pleased to announce that the key note lecture on ‘Gender, Grief and Mourning in Wartime’ will be offered by Dr Lucy Noakes (University of Brighton).

Papers cover numerous aspects of wartime gender history, with a particular interest in ensuring wide global and thematic coverage, including such as issues as political representation, employment practices, combat, propaganda, popular culture, gender performance, sexual activity, legislation, disability and commemoration. Please click here to see the provisional programme. A selection of papers will be included in an edited collection to appear in Palgrave Macmillan’s ‘Gender and History’ series. If you unable to attend the conference but would like to be considered for the edited volume, please contact the conference organisers.

Any queries can be directed at the conference organisers Dr Corinna Peniston-Bird ( and Dr Emma Vickers (



Call For Papers: De-Naturalising Maternal Desire: Narratives of Abortion, Adoption and Surrogacy (NEMLA April 3-6, 2016)

This panel will explore how the issues of adoption, surrogacy, and abortion probe and trouble the boundaries of reproduction and thereby reveal cultural anxieties surrounding motherhood and maternal identity. The goal is to examine the construction and deployment of the concept of ‘maternal desire’ (baby hunger, baby lust) and thereby invite reconsideration of the definitions/boundaries of motherhood. We seek papers that reflect on how bio-essentialized maternal desire is linked to new reproductive technologies such as commercial surrogacy and to the politics of abortion and adoption. The panel will also analyze the social and legal constructions of motherhood and maternal instinct.

Mary Thompson
English Dept./MSC 1801
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

– See more at:

Call For Papers: Histories of Sexuality and Religion in the 20th Century United States

Histories of Sexuality and Religion in the 20th Century United States

Call for Proposals October 1, 2013

Editors: Gillian Frank, Bethany Moreton, and Heather White

The time has come to think about the intertwined histories of religion and
sexuality in the 20th century United States. In this twenty-fifth
anniversary year of D’Emilio and Freedman’s landmark *Intimate Matters*,
the study of the history of sexuality has become one of the most exciting
and challenging areas of intellectual inquiry. Historians have investigated
how sexuality has been central to the political, social, and cultural
history of the United States. Yet few historians of sexuality have attended
to the important ways that religious practices, identities, beliefs,
institutions and politics have shaped sexual politics, sexual communities
and sexual identities over the course of the twentieth century. Likewise,
historians of religion in the twentieth century have only recently begun to
account for the changing meanings of sexuality to religious identities,
politics, practices and beliefs. To that end, this anthology is accepting
proposals for historical scholarship that places the categories of religion
and sexuality at the center of its analysis in order to map the
interrelation of changing religious and sexual landscapes. We welcome
chapters—new or previously published in article form—that take religion as
a starting point for rethinking American sexual history and sexuality as a
starting point for rethinking American religious history. Submissions that
respond to the following questions are particularly encouraged:

  • How does focusing on religion enrich our understanding of the histories of sexualized racial formations; GLBTQ identities, communities and politics; sexual health or disease, eugenics, and social hygiene; commercialized sexuality (e.g., sex work, pornography, performance, popular culture); sexuality and technology; contraception and abortion; courtship, marriage, and divorce; reproduction and adoption; sex advice and sexual therapy; sexual subcultures; the law and sexuality (e.g., immigration, workplace discrimination, criminal sexuality); abstinence or chastity; and heterosexuality?
  • How does nuanced attention to sexuality reshape conventional narratives of twentieth century religious history—the formation of “Judeo-Christian,” “Abrahamic” and similar categories for understanding inter-religious relationships; the meanings and influence of non-Western and indigenous practices in U.S. culture; the meanings and influence of secularity, secularization, and the secular; practices and narratives of therapeutic spirituality; religious formations of racial, ethnic, sexual, gender identity/ies; and religious practices and narratives of “tradition” and “modernity” alongside historical continuity and change?
  • What discursive and material contexts and practices constructed the relationship between religion and sexuality?
  • In what social institutions did religious and sexual experiences and ideas intersect?
  • How have sexual and religious identities been constructed in relation or opposition to each other?
  • In what ways did sexual subcultures and communities engage with mainstream religions?
  • How did religious authorities, ideas and institutions respond to or shape sexual values, meanings, practices and identities?
  • How did religious authorities’ ideas about (and policing of) sexual norms and deviancies change over time?  How did religious authorities,groups or institutions inform or enforce social rules about sexual behavior? How did they shape and reshape dominant sexual meanings?
  • How did religious groups create alternative sexual subcultures?
  • How did religion shape discourses of sexuality, whether normative or oppositional?
  • In what ways did changing sexual values reshape religious groups, identities and practices?

Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to by October 1, 2013, along with a 1-page
CV. Authors will be notified of decisions by January of 2014. The due date
for completed drafts (of between 5000 and 8000 words) is September 1, 2014.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with preliminary inquiries.

Gillian Frank, PhD
ACLS New Faculty Fellow
Department of History
Stony Brook University

– See more at:


Ethel Carnie Holdsworth (1886-1962) and working-class women’s writing: A centenary celebration with talks, readings and song

Saturday 7th September, 2 – 5pm (free entry)

Working Class Movement Library, Salford

For further information contact Nicola Wilson:

Supported by The Lipman-Miliband Trust & ‘Rights and Representations FAHSS Research Theme’, UoR


FWSA Competition announcement

The FWSA is now accepting submissions for its student essay competition, on the theme of ‘New Directions in Feminist Studies- Activisms, Emotions, Intersectionality’. The deadline is 12th December 2013.

For more information visit:

July 2013

New Directions – Gender, Sex and Sexuality in 20th Century British History

Tuesday 8 April 2014, University College London

With a keynote address by Professor Laura Doan, University of Manchester

Call for Papers

This one day workshop looks to bring together scholars, at any stage of their career and working on any aspect of gender, sex and sexuality in 20th century Britain, and to provide a forum for both the presentation of new work and the beginning of a dialogue about the past, present and future of the field.

The workshop addresses the field at a critical juncture in its development. The decades since the publication of Jeffrey Weeks’ Sex, politics and society (1981) have seen histories of gender, sex and sexuality become increasingly central to historians’ understanding of 20th century Britain. There has been a corresponding march through the institutions: no longer regarded as involved in a fringe pursuit, scholars of gender, sex and sexuality have found homes in departments; non-specialist periodicals have watched and sponsored new research with interest; and the UK’s major presses have published groundbreaking work, exemplified by the inauguration of Palgrave Macmillan’s ‘Gender and Sexualities in History’ series in 2009.

Alongside this professional maturation, events in wider society have demonstrated the continued power of ideas about gender, sex and sexuality to shape popular understandings of British history. Indeed, the recent past, whether as a dark age of intolerance or, conversely, a golden age of “family values,” has loomed heavily in debates about equal marriage, the Savile affair and the “sexualisation” of childhood. The voices of historians have been present in some of these debates. Yet in others they have been largely absent, even when scholars from other disciplines – sociology, education, gender studies, science and medicine – have been prominent.

The workshop therefore asks participants to consider “where have we got to, and where do we go from here?” What contributions have we made, through British examples, to understandings of gender, sex and sexuality in history? What contributions have we made, through a focus on of gender, sex and sexuality, to understandings of 20thcentury British history? Finally, what contributions have we made to understandings of gender, sex and sexuality in Britain outside our profession, both in other disciplines and, importantly, the wider public conversation? And in all three cases, what contributions, in new and ongoing work, might we make in the future?

To help address these questions, the workshop organisers welcome proposals for papers presenting new work on any aspect of gender, sex or sexuality in twentieth century British history as well as those that reflexively engage with the past, present or future of the field. We are especially interested in contributions from postgraduate and early career scholars.

If you are interested in presenting a paper at the workshop, please email a short proposal (max. 300 words) and CV or short bio to by 1st September 2013. If you would like to discuss possible topics before submitting a proposal, please get in touch at the same address. Registration details for non-speakers will be publicised later in 2013 at

Kevin Guyan and Ben Mechen, UCL History (organisers)

Adventure and Empowerment

Saturday 14th September 2013, 10am-4.30pm

Manchester Metropolitan University

Feminist Webs, the Young Women’s Adventure Club, The North West Regional Youth Work Unit and MMU bring you…

 A Landmark Conference for Youth Workers, Managers and Volunteers who work with Girls and Young Women

 Want to meet with other people who do girl’s work to share ideas and support? Would you like to develop your practice and gain more practical tools through the Young Women’s Adventure Club curriculum? Would you like a day ‘outside the usual’ to reflect and grow as a practitioner and woman? Then come along to our conference!

All conference fees include lunch and refreshments. Closing date for bookings is Tuesday 3rd September 2013.

Read more and BOOK NOW!
LIMITED BURSARIES are available for those on benefits and who do not have a sponsoring organisation. For more information, please email stating why you would like to be considered for a bursary. If offered a bursary we will provide you with a special ‘promotional access code’.
The event has been developed by passionate girls’ workers and academics. The morning session will begin with key note speaker Janet Batsleer (author of Working with Girls and Young Women in Community Settings) followed by some inspiring stories from the field. The rest of the day will be practical workshops exploring the themes of adventure (sport/health/IT,events, etc.) with young women through YWAC activities. All those who self-identify as women are welcome.
Full Programme will be available nearer the time.
For enquiries about this event please contact NWRYWU (The North West Regional Youth Work Unit) / 01744 810838

Call for submissions for the Journal of Feminist Scholarship

The Journal of Feminist Scholarship is a twice-yearly, peer-reviewed, open-access journal published online and aimed at promoting feminist scholarship across the disciplines, as well as expanding the reach and definitions of feminist research.  The journal can be found at

The editors of JFS invite submissions on a rolling basis (for more information, please see the “Submissions” page on our website). The average time from submission to publication for accepted manuscripts has been less than a year, and our current acceptance rate stands at thirty five percent.

Issues 1-4 (Fall 2011 to Spring 2013) of JFS are now available for open-access reading and downloading. Issue 5 (Fall 2013) is in preparation. We invite you to visit our site, explore the journal’s contents, and consider submitting your research to the forum that allows for sharing it freely with the worldwide community of feminist scholars and activists while maintaining rigorous reviewing and editorial standards.


Call for articles: number 5, special issue. ‘Women’s bodies, abortion and reproductive rights. Statements and perspectives’. 5th issue of the international journal on-line AG About Gender

Edited by: Alisa Del Re (Università degli Studi di Padova),  Lorenza Perini (Università degli studi di Padova)

With our research proposal we want to encourage a debate on the issue of abortion choices that women can make in Europe, in the U.S. and Latin America as well as in other parts of the World.

The trajectories and strategies that result from these choices are strongly influenced by the way in which the legal systems and the national laws relate to abortion; by the moral and ideological visions from which they come from; by the critical  points and the limitations in the application of the laws; by the meaning that women’s body assumes  in gender cultures that characterize the social and community contexts in which they live.

In the national contexts in which the requests to decriminalize abortion and to ensure unimpeded and not discriminatory access to this practice are  most felt, it happens that current religious fundamentalism and conservative forces strive to thwart the right of women to choose.

From this point of view, the focus on abortion is linked to the broader issues of reproductive rights and women’s freedom to dispose of their body. Compared to these issues, abortion is certainly a litmus test to check the current status of citizenship of women in the world.

However, this special issue is also open to contributions that discuss reproductive rights and women’s freedom to use their body giving preferenceto other objects of research, such as artificial insemination, sterilization policies, access to contraceptive methods.

The aspects on which this special issue intends to focus are as follows:

1.  Where abortion is permitted, at least under certainconditions: the Italian case and not only Our observations depart from the Italian case, which sees a daily questioning of the 194/1978 law which regulates the voluntary interruption of pregnancy. A massive increase of the presence of conservative movements – mostly Catholic- on the territory and in the institutions (see the case of the Pro-life Movement, that has worked hard on conscientious objection to obtain a large membership by physicians) in recent years has had the effect of decreasing gradually, and in a more clear-cut, the prerogatives of the law, even make it in some cases and in some areas of the country almost completely inapplicable.

Two recent conferences – the first of the movement “Usciamo dal silenzio” and the second organized by the physicians non objectors – have raised the issue of the full implementation of the law, proposing to publish a “manifesto” and a petition in support of 194/1978 law as well as a reflection on a possible reform ofconscientious objection on this matter. This seems to be the sign that – at least in Italy, but  certainly not only here – there is a strong need to reflect on the legal regulation of the phenomenon of the voluntary interruption of pregnancy and on the limits to the application of the laws. We ask:  what are the limitations on the legal, political, and socio-cultural point of view that impede women’s access to the voluntary interruption of pregnancy?

In which countries and in what situations the public debate and institutions are leading towards a redefinition as a limitation of a right that was thought as acquired? How do women’s movements react to such threats? What are the elements that could contribute to a higher quality of the relationship between women and (their) choice of procreation?

2.  Where abortion is prohibited. There are countries where abortion is expressly forbidden (usually by providing for criminal penalties) and countries where the practices of illegal termination of pregnancy seriously threaten women’s health, sometimes causing death (in Africa,in Latin America, but also in some European countries). Often the willingness of women to choose whether or not to have children collides with the will of the Churches, of traditional ideologiesand of patriarchal systems that actually have the control of their bodies.

To exacerbate even more their condition of subordination, International organisms such as AID and IPPF propose policies of  forced sterilization for birth control. On the other hand, according to the international agreements, governments are compelled to ensure high standards of health protection, not to discriminateand to ensure that no one would suffer inhuman and degrading treatment.

On these issues, the questions we wonder are: what  are the effects on women’s health of the criminalization of the abortion? What are the practices of abortion that women still bring into being? What is the level of public debate on these  issues? Who are the subjects fighting for the decriminalization of abortion, and what arguments and actions do they put in place?

In short, considering the focus of this call for paper on the issue of abortion, but considering also the more general issue of the reproductive rights, what we ask to the contributions of research is to tap one or more of the following points: 

1) A map of the World regarding the laws, customs and effectiveness of interruption of pregnancy: case studies/ settings/social processes on the rights of women to chose to have children.

2) The struggles and resistances of women in this isse, proposals, case law, legislative measures limiting of pre-existing rights, or legalizing rights previously denied.

3) Policies of family planning through forced sterilization, abortion ban, selective abortion, artificial insemination limits.

The disciplinary approaches involved in this field  of research are manifold. We particularly welcome contributions from the following fields of  study: legal, philosophical, historical, political science and social sciences.

Contributions should be the minimum length of 6,000words and written in one of the two languages in which the magazine is it is published  (Italian and English), see the Authors guidelines for any further information. Contributions must be sent by 30th September 2013


Forthcoming Publication

I am very pleased to announce the forthcoming publication in May of vol. 14 of the Correspondance de Mme de Graffigny (ed. Dorothy P. Arthur and D. W. Smith), by the Voltaire Foundation. 

Mme de Graffigny’s letters provide a wealth of information on eighteenth-century France and on the position of women in society at that time. The edition, started in 1985 and now nearing completion, will contain 2,500 mostly unpublished letters in 15 volumes, annotated by a team of specialists.

Correspondance de Mme de Graffigny, vol.14:

5 janvier 1754 – 31 décembre 1755
Lettres 2093 – 2303
Ed. Dorothy P. Arthur et D. W. Smith
Directeur de l’édition J. A. Dainard
Tout en apportant témoignage des événements cruciaux des années 1754 et 1755, Mme de Graffigny suit de près la vie littéraire, théâtrale et sociale de Paris.
ISBN 978-0-7294-0810-3


Britain’s Sexual Revolution – a talk by Dr Matt Cook.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 7:00 PM to 10:00 Pm

Conway Hall 25 Red Lion Square WC1R 4RL London 


The period commonly associated with sexual revolution in Britain-roughly between 1965 and 1970-saw what the historian Hera Cook calls an “astonishing pace of change”. This talk will underscore the significance of this half of the decade, but will also look across the full post-1945 period and look at this sexual revolution in a wider context.

Dr Matt Cook is a Senior Lecturer in History and Gender Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, and co-director of the RAPHAEL SAMUEL HISTORY CENTRE

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This isn’t a history topic, but it’s worth sharing around to feminist friends…

ESRC Collaborative Studentship 2013

Project Title: Up, Out or Sideways? Comparing Career Patterns of Male and Female Executives in Accounting and Finance

King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS-DTC) is inviting applications for one of the ESRC Doctoral Collaborative Studentships in the Department of Management at King’s College London in collaboration with the ACCA. The studentship is going to form part of Theme 5 – Work & Organisations (W&O) of KISS-DTC and will start from October 2013 onwards.

Project Description:

While women make up 50% of accounting graduates and 45% of accounting employees, only 21% of partners in accounting firms are women (Catalyst, 2013). Like in many other areas, women in accounting rarely reach senior positions. The scarce research on women in accounting and finance has largely focused on experiences of individual women rather than enablers of women’s careers (Sealy and Doherty, 2012). Research also often centres on big accounting firms excluding the experiences of women in other accounting and finance contexts. Most importantly, there is very limited research that would systematically compare the careers of men and women in accounting and finance to determine differences and similarities in their career patterns. The proposed research aims to provide an in-depth analysis of career enablers and disablers for men and women in accounting and finance. In order to achieve this, the careers of male and female executives in finance are systematically compared to generate insight into what hinders and what helps men and women to achieve an executive career in accounting and finance.


The studentship is part of the KISS-DTC Theme: 5 – Work & Organisations. The candidate will work closely with Research Centres in Human Resource Management & Employment Relations and Work, Interaction & Technology in the Department of Management and the Centre for Culture, Media and Creative Industries. The Department of Management was ranked joint 5th of all UK management departments in the 2008 RAE with one-third of our research activity assessed as ‘world leading’. It is a research-led department with a strong reputation for contribution to scholarship, teaching and practice. The Department is located on the Waterloo Campus of King’s College London where the studentship will be based.


Lead Supervisor: Dr Elisabeth Kelan

Second Supervisor: Professor Rosalind Gill

Partner Organisation Supervisor: Rosana Mirkovic

Funding Details:  The scholarship will pay an annual maintenance allowance at the standard rate of £17,590 (based on the ESRC’s current rate), a Research Support & Training Grant fund (currently £750 per year) and all tuition fees at the Home/EU rate.

Length of Award: 3 years (PhD)

Application Details: Students for this award should hold a minimum 2.1 class undergraduate degree in business and management, sociology, women’s and gender studies or related discipline and have passed, or expect to have passed by autumn 2013, a Masters qualification from an ESRC-recognised research training course or a Masters degree with 65% or above, which includes a substantial research element or equivalent research experience in a work setting. In this project, qualitative research methods will be particularly important. The candidate will also need to be able to demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the ability to make effective verbal and written presentations to senior level managers in a commercial environment.

Deadline:  Applications must be made by 4pm on Monday, 27 May 2013. Formal interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on Monday, 8 July 2013 at King’s College London.


SHAW Postgraduate & Early Career Scholars Research Training Workshop Royal Holloway 8th May

Wednesday 8th May 2013, 1pm to 6pm, at Royal Holloway University of London

NB This event was originally planned for 5th December 2012 but unfortunately we had to cancel due to weather/travel disruption.

The Society for the History of Women in the Americas (SHAW) is organising a research training workshop for postgraduates (MA students and PhDs) and early career scholars (defined as within five years of PhD graduation). The event is intended to be a “one-stop-shop” where attendees can take part in a variety of training and development workshops, get advice and feedback on their own work and meet with other researchers. The event is targeted primarily although not exclusively at those interested in the Americas, with both an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective. We particularly encourage those just starting out in postgraduate research to attend. We also hope that the sessions will appeal to those making the transition from postgraduate research into the next stage of their academic careers, who often find that there is a dearth of research training catering to their particular position.

The event has three elements:

1) Training and development workshops. Sessions include Getting published, Teaching as a postgrad, Using social media, Applying for funding, Conference organisation, Job search and CV writing, Being a part-time postgrad, Coping with academic stress, Working with your supervisor & mentoring others, Remaining research active post-PhD graduation.

2) A “drop-in surgery” for advice

3) Networking and socialising opportunities, including a drinks reception kindly supported by The Paul Mellon Professorial Fund

The cost is £20. The deadline for registration is Wednesday 24th April 2013.

To register, or if you have any questions, please contact the organisers (Dr Dawn-Marie Gibson, RHUL; Dr Rachel Ritchie, Brunel University; Ms Imaobong Umoren, Oxford University) via


4 June 2013 ~ Emily Davison commemorative event: participants needed

Light A Beacon For Emily Davison

The 4th June 2013 will mark one hundred years since Emily Wilding Davison ran out on to the track at Epsom Downs.

To commemorate this moment in Women’s Suffrage History the artist and filmmaker Nigel Shephard is looking for 99 volunteers to participate in a nationwide light installation.

At 3.10pm on 4th June 2013, at a central London location, Nigel will throw the switch on his commemorative light sculpture ‘The Spirit of Liberty’ a title taken from a famous essay by Emily Davison.

This will precipitate, at one minute intervals, the lighting of a further 99 beacons across the country.

What that beacon may be is totally down to each participant. It could be the switching on of a torch; the striking of a match or the lighting of a bonfire.

Culminating in the final beacon being lit, one hundred minutes later, in Morpeth, Northumberland, her final resting place.

Each participant will be asked to film the event. These videos will later be edited in to a short, commemorative film.

If you wish to take part please contact Nigel at:


Enterprising Women: Race and Gender in the British Caribbean 1763-1840 (IHR) 02 May 2013, 17:30 – 19:30

Event Type: Seminar

Speakers: Cassandra Pybus (Sydney/KCL Leverhulme Fellow)

Venue:  IHR. Gordon Room, G34 Senate House, South Block, Malet Street , London WC1E 7HU


Feminist Object(ive)s: Writing Art History

Tuesday 21 May 2013, 12.00pm to 7.00pm

Feminist object(ive)s: Writing Art Histories will explore the aims, challenges and complications of writing art histories from a feminist standpoint, considering feminist methodologies, encounters with feminist art and culture, working with women artists as well as more broadly politically engaged art practices.

Five scholars will reflect on their experiences of engaging with and constructing feminist art histories, before a roundtable involving all participants at the end of the afternoon.

Confirmed speakers: Henrietta Stanford (Courtauld Institute of Art), James Boaden (York), Sylvie Simonds (McGill/Leeds), Catherine Grant (Goldsmiths) and Harriet Riches (Kingston)

In order to provide a series of jumping-off points for group discussion, participants are invited to provide a slide with an image or object relating to their own work.

The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York.Please contact for further details and to register at


All feminists are welcome to join Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom celebrate their 98th birthday here at Housmans.

It will be a chance to have a slice of cake and raise a glass to all the great work WILPF have done over the years, and to find out more about the organisation.

For a history of WILPF please visit:

Free entry
Venue: Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX
tel: 020 7837 4473


Call for submissions – The Feminist Utopia Project

Co-Editor: Alexandra Brodsky, Feministing writer and Harvard Law School research assistant

Co-Editor: Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, editor of the New York Times bestseller My Little Red Bookand playwright

Today’s popular feminist discourse is so constrained by discussions of what we can’t have that it’s easy to lose sight of what we should have. We seek written and other printable artistic work that addresses the question of what a feminist world would look like. No single person has the answer, but we believe that together we can come close, and that to get there we must spread the word. We hope that this book, in offering a diverse collection of utopias, will inspire American feminists (as well as potential feminists) to imagine their own visions, redefine the “possible,” and reach for unprecedented justice.

We invite submissions of essays (400-2000 words) and printable art that describe the writer’s feminist utopia. In light of the length, we are suggesting that contributors focus on a particular aspect of a wider vision: one committed writer, for example, is writing on a world without rape, and another is exploring a vision of a post-prison America. Our hope is that these essays, while of interest to academics, will also be accessible to a wide readership without extensive theoretical background. All proceeds will be donated to feminist non-profits.

We are very excited about the group of activists, academics, and writers who have already committed to the project, including Ai-jen PooIrin CarmonCourtney MartinJennifer BaumgardnerIleana JiménezSamhita MukhopadhyayJill FilipovicKatie OrensteinSusan BordoCrystal FeimsterMiss MajorMarianne SchnallDiane ShipleyMary Annette Pember,Cynthia ChandlerDani McClains.e. smithJudith ResnikMelanie CervantesDana Bolger,Virginia RutterErin MatsonEllen BravoHarilyn RoussoAnnie ClarkJennifer MillerVictoria LawMartha AckelsbergDena SimmonsNikki Silver (link NSWF), Kate Cronin-Furman,Amanda TaubPaula MariedaughterJeanne NeathCourtney BaxterDiane RosenfeldLaura Paskus, and Sara Marcus. However, professional organizing or publication experience is not required. We are especially committed to including voices from historically marginalized groups.

Please submit essays as attachments to with the subject “Submission (LAST NAME).” In the body of the email and the attachment, please include a two or three sentence biography.


Women and Protest in Historical Perspective

West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network 20th Annual Conference

 Saturday, June 15 2013

West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network

Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, Queen Square
Bath BA1 2HN 
United Kingdom

View the Call For Papers

Key Note Speaker

Sasha Roseneil, Birkbeck College

Remembering Feminism’s Queer ‘80s: emotional and material landscapes of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp

The conference aims to explore women’s collective action to achieve change over a wide variety of issues and contexts; these might include peace; food and the cost of living; suffrage; social questions; industrial action.


CHORD Workshop and Call for Papers:

Retailing, Shopping and Gender: Historical Approaches

15 May 2013

University of Wolverhampton

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) invites proposals for papers that explore the relationship between retailing, shopping and gender, in Britain and beyond. We welcome papers exploring either buying or selling, and focusing on any historical period.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Salesmanship and gender identities
  • Marketing, gender and sexuality
  • Gendered practices of shopping
  • Gender and spatial strategies of selling
  • Men, women and the economics of retail
  • Gender, shopping and popular culture
  • Entrepreneurship, credit and gender

To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c.300/400 words to Laura Ugolini at by 22 February 2013.

The workshop will be held in Millennium City Building, located on the University of Wolverhampton’s City campus, just 10 minutes’ walk from Wolverhampton’s bus and train stations. For directions see

For further information, please e-mail: Dr Laura Ugolini at

Or see the workshop web-page at:

News about CHORD events can now also be found here:


Women’s Liberation Movement: Nottingham’s unique archive to be saved

Nottingham Women’s Centre has received a £47,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to preserve the archives of women’s involvement in the Nottingham Liberation Movement struggles and Nottingham Women’s Centre in the 1970s to late 1980s.

Led by volunteers from the local community, Women’s Liberation and After in Nottingham (WOLAN) aims to preserve the archives as a resource for present and future generations. The project will use this resource and captured personal accounts of many women involved in the movement to construct a narrative of the diverse experiences of the women’s liberation movement in Nottingham. It will highlight the general public’s reaction to it at the time and the role played by women in the early days of Nottingham Women’s Centre, specifically during the 1970s to late 1980s.

The initiative is the first of its kind in Nottingham and will raise the profile of Nottingham women’s history and build a greater sense of pride in their heritage.

Ms Olumide Adisa, Fundraising and Marketing Officer for Nottingham Women’s Centre, said: “We are thrilled to have received a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund for WOLAN; it will help us preserve our archives at Nottingham Women’s Centre and to share the richness of women’s heritage in Nottingham through stories from the women themselves.”

Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, Vanessa Harbar, welcomed the project:

“A large number of young women, and men alike, are unaware of this fascinating and inspiring history in Nottingham. This is a great project undertaken by the charity; the archive is currently stored in a women only building,  this project will preserve an archive at significant risk, and share an important chapter of the city’s history with a the wider community.”

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For further information, please contact:

Olumide Adisa, Fundraising and Marketing Officer – Tel: 0115 941 1475

Nottingham Women’s Centre is run by women, for women. We exist to help women to achieve their aims, become stronger and more independent, and we provide a safe and supportive environment in which women can do this.

Since 1971, we have been running a regular programme of training courses, counselling, crèche, and other support services from within the Centre, making us a ‘one-stop shop’ for women in Nottingham. Our services are available to all women, without exclusion; however our services users are predominantly from deprived or socially excluded backgrounds.

Company Limited by Guarantee

Registered in England and Wales Number 5113835

Registered Office: 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham Women’s Centre, NG1 5LP

Registered Charity No. 1105837


Heritage Lottery Fund:

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 34,000 projects with more than £5billion across the UK.


Bristol-based events at the Feminist Archive South:

Feminist Archive South – Workshop Series Apr-July 2013

As part of the Heritage Lottery project Ellen Malos’ Archives, we are holding a number of free workshops based on Ellen’s collection and material in the Feminist Archive South.

All the workshops will be held at MShed, the people history museum in the centre of Bristol.

You don’t have to have any prior knowledge of archives, history, feminism or activism to take part – but if you do this is also fine! We want the workshops to be an environment where people from different backgrounds, ages and experiences can explore the treasure trove that is the Feminist Archive South.

The workshops are an opportunity to find out about the things that interest you, with the bonus that you may be inspired or learn something new as you go along. The Feminist Archive South holds material about a wide range of topics, including documents relating to the organisation of the Women’s Liberation Movement (newsletters, pamphlets, letters, conference programmes, discussion papers), information about specific campaigns (abortion and reproductive rights, rape crisis, equal pay), around specific topics (women in media, the arts, anti-racism, sexuality, law, labour), as well as numerous publications such as Spare Rib, Outwrite, Shocking Pink and Red Rag.

There will be guest speakers and each workshop will be themed around particular part of the collection or activity. As we know more we will add details to the website ( so make sure you keep checking here to keep up to date with the latest information.

Some workshops will ask participants to engage creatively with the archive material, with the aim of producing a response (e.g, a piece of writing, an illustration, a spoken story) to what is uncovered through rummaging in the archives. These will be uploaded to the website, and will be included in an educational resource at the end of the project (permission from participants willing).

You can attend one of the workshops, dip in and out, or attend all of them – its up to you.

Although workshops are free to attend, you will need to book your place because spaces are limited. Please contact to express your interest.

For each workshop there are a number of participation bursaries available for participants who need to cover the cost of travel or childcare expenses.

MShed is a wheelchair accessible venue. Please contact us if you have other access needs so we can provide them for you.

The workshop dates are as follows:

Tuesday 16th April – 7 to 9.30pm ‘What is an Archive?’

The introductory workshop will discuss what an archive is, what archives do and why people create them. It will ask if archives are currently changing in the contemporary world with the rise of digital technology, and explore why documenting activist histories is important for future generations.

Sunday 12th May – 1 to 5pm

Thursday 23rd May – 7 to 9.30pm

Sunday 9th June – 1 to 5pm

Tuesday 18th June – 7 to 9.30pm

Thursday 27th June – 7 to 9.30pm

Saturday 6th July – 1 to 5pm


Manchester Met Archive-athon 8-9th April

Have you ever been involved with donating, gathering or cataloguing the Feminist Webs archive? Or have you ever wondered what the archive is actually like?

Well look no further…

We are doing 2 days of archive training and archiving in the archive on 8th and 9th April as our annual Archive-athon.
If you want to come lend a hand and learn more about it, and our archiving process then come along:

8 and 9th April 2013 (our can come to either or both days)


Room 101,
The Admin Building
Youth and Community Studies
Manchester Metropolitan University
799 Wilmslow Road
M20 2RR

Bring your own PACKED LUNCH!!

Women only (self-identified), all ages welcome.

We will have dinner on the Monday night  at 6pm at Nandos at Parrs Wood, so if you want to pick your food now then look at
Feminist Webs will put £5 towards each person’s food as a way of saying thank you.