Programme: 1 September 2017

Women’s History Network Annual Conference 2017

9.00 Registration

9.30-9.45 Welcome

9.45-11.35 Panels 1-4 (110 mins)

Panel 1: Fighting sexual and racial inequalities

Chair: Johanna Luthman

  • Jennie Brosnan - ‘Prostitutes, women doctors and the Contagious Diseases Acts, 1864-1888’
  • Jennifer Bridges - ‘Prostitution, Progressives, and Peril: How the amalgamation of prostitution and promiscuity during the progressive era led to nullification of women’s rights in Texas’
  • Traci Parker - [Title TBC] Racial & gendered discrimination at Sears in the 1960s-70s

Panel 2: Writing for political and social causes

Chair: Stephanie Spence

  • Amy Galvin-Elliott - ‘Romantic Heroine in Exile: Madame De Staël, Feminist Writer, and Emigrée’
  • Helen Dampier & Rebecca Gill - ‘“A Powerful Peace Document”? Emily Hobhouse and Tant’ Alie of the Transvaal: Her Diary 1880-1902’
  • Clemens Pfeffer - ‘Hannah Meuter and her analysis of “Social Perversion” in National Socialist Germany, 1933-1935’
  • Anna Andes - ‘Cicely Hamilton and World War One: A changed activist perspective’

Panel 3: Feminism and visual spectacle

Chair: Zoe Thomas

  • Natalia Yakubova - ‘The Rise and Fall of the “Touring Star” System in the Theatre of the Late 19th – Early 20th Centuries and its Meaning for Female Performers’
  • Mary Knighton - ‘Joan of Arc’s Modern Blue Stockings in Japan, the U.K. and the U.S.’
  • Elke Krasny - ‘All-Women Internationalism: The International Dinner Party, 1979’
  • Anna König - ‘From patchwork banners to pussyhats: continuities and discontinuities in the craft of women’s protest’

Panel 4: Ireland and Empire

Chair: Caitriona Beaumont

  • E. M. Hodgkin - ‘Single Irish Women in London, 1815-1845’
  • Kathryn Mann - ‘Creating “Bridget”: An analysis of the Irish immigrant women’s identity through 19th century music’
  • Shahmima Akhtar - ‘Exhibiting Irish Women: Ballymaclinton Village and Ireland’s Female Colony?’
  • Cara Delay - ‘Pregnancy and Reproduction in Irish Oral Tradition and Memory’

11.35-12.00 Break

12.00-13.30 Panels 5-8 (90 mins)


  • ‘Birmingham Museums: Women and the Wider World’ - Exploring the role of Birmingham Museums in telling more effective stories about women and ‘the wider world’
  • Nazia Ali/Charlotte Holmes - ‘Collecting Birmingham’
  • Sarah Wajid - ‘Change Makers’
  • Jo-Ann Curtis/Tessa Chynoweth/Sophie Mission - ‘Birmingham Manufactures’

Panel 6: British women and the gendered nature of humanitarian development

Chair: Laura Beers

  • Rhian Keyse - ‘“A sacred cause”: British women’s humanitarian campaigns against forced and early marriage in Africa, 1930-1947’
  • Charlotte Lydia Riley - ‘“Children are the same—and as loveable—the world over”: Barbara Castle and the gendered politics of humanitarianism
  • Anna Bocking-Welch - ‘“World Wise with the WIs”: Making sense of the Women’s Institute’s diverse philanthropy portfolio’

Panel 7: Modernity and popular culture

Chair: TBC

  • Adam McKie - ‘“It gradually got that you were free”: women’s cricket, citizenship and social emancipation 1916-1939’
  • Penny Tinkler - ‘Miss Modern: Youthful Feminine Modernity and the Nascent Teenager, 1930-40’
  • Olga Gradinaru - ‘The image of Women in Soviet Films and Posters of World War II’

Panel 8: Informal Networks

Chair: TBC

  • Carol Coles - ‘What Hilda did Next’
  • Beryl Nicholson - ‘Private philanthropy and cosmopolitan women in the 1920s: Lady Carnarvon and Albania’
  • Mette Kia Krabbe Meyer - ‘Crucial Encounters: Danish Ingeborg Stemann and the Russian Prisoners of War’

13.30-14.30 Lunch

14.30-15.30 Keynote 1: Mary Vincent, ‘Being/Doing: Embodiment and identity in Franco’s Spain’

15.30-17.00 Panels 9-12 (90 mins)

Panel 9: Interwar institution building

Chair: Laura Beers

  • Caitriona Beaumont - ‘Women and the Wider World: The National Council of Women of Great Britain, female activism and the International Campaign for Peace, 1918 to 1939’
  • Sarah Hellawell - ‘Constructing an International Feminist Network: Travel by members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom during the 1920s’
  • Anne Logan - ‘British women and the campaign for international prisoner’s rights, 1925-1939’

Panel 10: Quaker social reformers and relief workers

Chair: Lyndsey Jenkins

  • Ruth Davidson - ‘A New Social Outlook: Lucy Freyer Morland, 1864-1946’
  • Beryl Nicholson - ‘Women empowered: women relief workers on the former Eastern front, 1920 -1924’
  • Siân Roberts - ‘International Friendship in Action: Birmingham Quaker women and aid to refugees in the 1930s and 1940s

Panel 11: Missionary workers

Chair: Mette Kia Krabbe Meyer

  • Jennifer Adams-Massmann - ‘Pilgrims of the Heart: Moravian Women Missionaries in the Atlantic World, 1740-1760’
  • Maria Småberg
  • ‘Hopeless but not Helpless: Temporality and ethics in humanitarian work among Armenian refugees after the 1915 Genocide’
  • Iris Busschers
  • ‘“I fervently wish to work as part of the Lord’s Labour”: Two generations of Dutch medical missionary women in the Kruyt family’

Panel 12: Roundtable - ‘International Women in Britain during and immediately after World War One, c. 1915-1920’

  • Short film
  • Look at artefacts
  • Round table with Alison Ronan (feminist historian), Helen Kay (activist and historian), Charlotte Bill (filmmaker), Alison Lloyd Williams (community heritage project organizer), Nicola Gauld (Coordinator for ‘Voices of War and Peace’)

17.00-17.15 Break

17.15-18.15 AGM

18.15-19.15 Wine reception, announcement and prizes

19.15 onwards Food