This conference will be held at Cardiff University on Saturday 21st June 2014. The conference will explore the relation of ideas and experiences of gender, generation and the body in a range of historical contexts. The keynote speaker is Dr. Garthine Walker (Cardiff University).
Potential topics for papers include:
- the interrelation of gender and age in historical representations and experiences of the body;
- the importance of different understandings and experiences of the gendered body in mediating inter-generational relationships, both within and beyond the family;
- the practical, emotional, and social dimensions of bodily care in past societies;
- the intersection of the biological and the social at differently gendered life stages (for example, ‘coming of age’ through menstruation or initiation into masculine adulthood through work);
- the role of subjective reassessments of gendered and bodily experience in life-writing through the ages.
We encourage participants to consider the relation of gender and the body to ‘generation’ in its many possible meanings: an expression of demographic fact; as shorthand for shared cultural characteristics (“the lost generation”); a description of age; and an act of origination, production, or procreation. We welcome the involvement of postgraduate researchers.
The West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network is able to offer a limited number of competitive bursaries to contribute towards attendance at the conference. For further details, see: http://humanities.uwe.ac.uk/swhisnet/grants-bursaries.html.
Abstracts of 200 words should be sent to Tracey Loughran (LoughranTL@cardiff.ac.uk) by April 18th 2014.
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