Programme

9.00-9.30
REGISTRATION

9.30-10.45
WELCOME AND KEYNOTE
Moore Lecture Theatre
Dr. Justin Bengry: Chances, Choices, Challenges and Changes: Early Career and Research Trajectories for Historians of Gender and Sexuality

10.45-11.00
BREAK

11.00-12.30
PARALLEL PANELS:
1a CRUELTY AND CRIME
Chair: Dr. Stella Moss             Room: TBC
Diane Raynard: Respectability, Shame and Allegations of Extra Marital Crimes in the Divorce Court
Dr. Cara Diver: Gender Relations in Conflict: Notions of Masculinity and Femininity in Marital Violence Trials in Ireland, 1922-65
Uta Rautenberg: Homophobia in Nazi Camps

1b SEXUALITY
Chair: Lyndsay Galpin             Room: TBC
Nailya Shamgunova: Anglophone Conceptualisations of Sexual Diversity in the Ottoman Empire, c. 1550-1700
Laura Fontanella: Translation and Gender: Feminist, Queer Transfeminist and Postcolonial Approaches
Cheryl Morgan: Gender and Citizenship in Ancient Rome

12.30-13.30
LUNCH

13.30-15.00
PARALLEL PANELS:
2a ‘FEMININITIES’
Chair: Adam McKie                 Room: TBC
Lakshmi-Pearl Quigley: Gender and Film in History: Approaches to the Portrayal of Women’s Subjectivity in Indian Cinema
Serena Mocci: Challenging Gender Roles: Margaret Fuller’s Gender Fluidity as a Political Claim
Dr. Patrick J. Doyle: Re-examining Southern Women and the Confederate Cause

2b EMOTIONS AND THE BODY
Chair: Michaela Jones            Room: TBC
Livi Dee: Two Bodies or One? Conceptualisations of Women in English Pro-Life Discourse, 1967-1992
Valentina Tomassetti: A Bride with Red Cheeks: Gender Discrimination and Emotional Practises in Early Modern Europe
Dylan Sebastian Evans: Rape in France: Notes Towards a Historical Understanding of the ‘Problem’

15.00-15.15
BREAK

15.15-16.45
PARALLEL PANELS:
3a RELIGION
Chair: Dr. Justin Bengry          Room: TBC
Max Denton: Blessing Same-Sex Couples and Queering ‘Companionate Marriage’ in 1970s and 1980s Britain
George J. Severs: The Impact of HIV/AIDS on the Church of England’s Homosexuality Debate
Laura Wood: A Third Gender? – The Chastity of Late Medieval Widows

3b ‘MASCULINITIES’
Chair: Dr. Nicola Phillips         Room: TBC
Stephanie Wright: Adapting Military Masculinities to Peace: The Case of Franco’s ‘Mutilated Gentlemen’ in Spain, 1936-75
Dr. Kevin Guyan: Histories of Men and Masculinities: Using the Past to Change the Present
Liana-Beatrice Valerio: ‘The Efforts of Abolitionists to Frighten Timid Young Men, and Terrify Nervous Old Women, with the Horrors of Rebellion…’: Questioning the Emotions, Bravado and Masculinity of the South Carolina Slave-holding Elite, 1820-1850

16.45-17.00
CLOSING REMARKS

The programme is also available to download as a PDF here.

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Call for Papers

Rethinking Gender: New Perspectives and Future Directions

The Bedford Centre for the History of Women at Royal Holloway, University of London, is pleased to announce its inaugural conference ‘Rethinking Gender: New Perspective and Future Directions’ being held on Saturday, 10 of June 2017 at Royal Holloway. The conference aims to spark discussion regarding the current scholarship, as we move towards a more fluid and multifaceted understanding of gender, and explore the future direction of the field. We hope that the conference will open a platform for researchers in the early stages of their careers working on multiple aspects of gender that have previously been marginalised or overlooked.

We are pleased to announce that the keynote for this one-day conference will be given by Dr. Justin Bengry (Birkbeck, University of London). Dr. Justin Bengry is the founder and Editor of NOTCHES blog and a Research Fellow whose work focuses on England’s LGBTQ+ heritage and the history of sexuality. He is currently working on a monograph entitled ‘The Pink Pound: Capitalism and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Britain’.

We welcome proposals from researchers from all historical backgrounds, and we particularly invite submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers working in the fields of gender history and associated disciplines. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexuality
  • The body and related ideas of identity
  • LGBTQ+ histories
  • Emotional history
  • National/Racial histories
  • Femininities/masculinities
  • Expressions of gender

Please submit abstracts of 200-300 words to bedfordconference@gmail.com by 8 April 2017.

Adam McKie, Lyndsay Galpin, Michaela Jones (Conference Coordinators)