Women’s History Network 2017 Annual Conference

We are pleased to announce that the Women’s History 2017 annual conference is on theme of ‘Women and the Wider World’. It will be held at Birmingham, 1 – 2 September 2017.



1 Week to Go!

As the conference draws closer, we have had to close registration.

We are thrilled that so many people, nearly 100 delegates,  joining us at Leeds Trinity University to celebrate and explore women’s material cultures and environments.

For those who cannot join us, please follow us on twitter (@whn2016) as we will be tweeting about conference proceedings. Keep an eye on #WHN2016Leeds as we will be encouraging delegates to tweet throughout.

Delegates and speakers can find information about conference proceedings, Wi-Fi, parking and accessibility here: https://whn2016.wordpress.com/information-for-delegates-and-speakers/


Opportunities to Chair Panels

We are looking for a number of volunteers to chair the exciting paper panels.

If you view the latest version of the full conference programme, you can see which panels need a chair.

Any volunteers are welcome – it doesn’t matter if you haven’t chaired a panel before or are experienced at chairing panels. It’s a good opportunity for PGRs and ECRs to develop a new skill and gain experience.

If you would like to chair any of these available panels, please contact the WHN2016 Conference Committee at WHN2016@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

Kind regards,

WHN2016 Conference Committee

Friday’s Keynote: ‘Using the Material World to Study Gender: The Case of Victorian & Edwardian Girls’ Schools’.

We are thrilled to have Dr Jane Hamlett (Royal Holloway, University of London) joining us at the conference to give Friday’s keynote on ‘Using the Material World to Study Gender: The Case of Victorian & Edwardian Girls’ Schools’ (Friday 16 Sept, Keynote 1, 1.50pm – 2.50pm).

As Leeds Trinity University is home to the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, it is a honour to have Jane present on the topic of the Victorian material world and gender.

Jane  is a Reader in Modern British History and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of the Body and Material Culture in the History Department at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Her books include Material Relations: Middle-Class Families and Domestic Interiors in England, 1850 to 1910 (MUP, 2010) and At Home in the Institution: Material Life in Asylums, Lodging Houses and Schools in Victorian and Edwardian England (Palgrave, 2014). She co-edited Gender and Material Culture in Modern Britain since 1650(Palgrave, 2015) and Residential Institutions: Inmates and Environments in Britain, 1750-1970 (Pickering and Chatto, 2013). She has co-curated exhibitions with the Geffrye Museum of the Home including ‘Choosing the Chintz’ and ‘Homes of the Homeless’.

She is currently leading a new AHRC-funded project on the history of pets and is editing a new volume A Cultural History of the Home: The Age of Empire which will be published by Bloomsbury in 2017.

Saturday’s Keynote: ‘Teaching women’s history in history classrooms’

We are pleased to announce that the keynote on Saturday (17 Sept 2016) by Prof. Yosanne Vella will be on ‘Teaching women’s history in history classrooms’ (1.20pm – 2.20pm). 

This presentation will be given by a history teaching specialist from the University of Malta,   an academic who is a history pedagogy specialist but who is also a historian who has written women’s history, in particular on the theme of 18th century Maltese women.

The nature of history will be explored and it will be shown that the debate regarding how history works is quite complex, but it presents issues which are important to the teaching of women’s history.  Beliefs regarding the nature of history in turn influence the methods and approaches adopted for teaching women’s history in the classroom.   Historical thinking is best described as a form of speculation, highly investigative in nature so many of the learning theories are not immediately satisfactory approaches to history teaching.  Traditional history teaching methods will be compared and contrasted with ‘the Source and history thinking skills’ approach when teaching women’s history.  Finally a summary of recommendations as to the best pedagogical approach to teaching Women’s History is given.

Attendance to this keynote is part of the WHN2016 full conference package and Saturday-only package. Limited tickets are available for non-conference delegates (the general public) to attend this keynote. These tickets are available through the Leeds Trinity University Online Store (click this link to visit the keynote ticket webpage on the store) .