Since Martha Vicinus’ seminal Suffer and Be Still opened the debate in 1972, scholars on both sides of the Atlantic have explored the lives of British and North American women in the Victorian period. This conference will reflect on the fruits of thirty four years of scholarship, comment on the current state of the field and assess its future development. The conference will draw together a range of disciplinary perspectives, comparing the lives of British and North American women in this period, and allowing scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to exchange their views.
We invite 200 word proposals on papers relating to any aspect of British or North American women’s studies in the Victorian period, but papers might address:
• Re-mapping womanhood: women and spatial politics
• Representations of femininities in art and culture
• Women as political actors at colonial, national and
• Rethinking women in relation to men and masculinity
Closing date for proposals January 10 2006.
Conference to be held 8-9 July 2006 at Royal Holloway University of London.
Organised by the Bedford Centre for the History of Women in collaboration with the Centre for Victorian Studies. Proposals and requests for further in information should be sent to Sarah Wiggins firstname.lastname@example.org or Jane Hamlett email@example.com
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