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Scholarly Women: an underrated and misrepresented group?

Wednesday 28 April 2021 (12:00-13:30)

Jane Martin:

Join us to discuss how we might read the scholarly and intellectual lives of women in the early 20th century.

What were the scholarly and intellectual traditions and trajectories that marked women’s myriad contributions to their disciplines and fields of knowledge?

The event will include presentations from Professors Joyce Goodman, Stephanie Spencer, Nancy Rosoff (Centre for the History of Women's Education, University of Winchester) and Tanya Fitzgerald (University of Western Australia). 

To start, Stephanie and Nancy will discuss how scholarly girls and women are represented in examples of American and British girls’ school and college fiction between 1919 and 1960. Moving on, Tanya will examine the life and work of Caroline Spurgeon (1869-1942), her scholarly achievements, academic alliances and advocacy for the higher education of women. Joyce will then ask who counts as a scholar and what counts as scholarly work through the experience of social historian Noreen Branson (1910-2003) whose writing was cited by academics and reviewed in scholarly journals whilst simultaneously being marginalised.

Followed by Q&A with Professor Jane Martin (Director of DOMUS).

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