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Conference Programme

Friday 12th April


9.00-9.30: Welcome


9.30-10.30: Keynote 1 Annalisa Oboe (University of Padua) - The University of Women:

On the experience of writing a history of women academics and students in Padua


10.30-10.45: Tea Break


10.45-12.15: Session 1

Panel 1 - The Place of Learned Ladies within Medieval Worlds of Learning​

  • Elena Rossi (University of Oxford/IHR) – ‘Let all services of the said house … be done by men perpetually’: The Employment of Women at Medieval University Colleges

  • Victoria Rimbert (Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle/Universita degli Studi di Padova) – Laura Cereta’s World of Learning: itinerary of a XVth century learned woman

Panel 2 - Framing the Feminine: The Role of Women within Art and Education

  • Anna Clark (University of Oxford) – Portraits, Gender, and Academic Community in English Universities, 1500-1640

  • Rose Teanby (De Montfort, Leicester) – A Woman’s Place?: Photographic Education in England 1839 – 1861

  • Adele Askelof (Stockholm University) – Photography education as power. Legitimation,
    social reproduction and positioning in the development of photographic education in Sweden

12.15-13.15: Lunch
13.15-14.45: Session 2


Panel 3 – Beyond the Classroom: Alternative Models of Education

  • Molly Cochran and Susannah Wright (Oxford Brookes University) – Learning to be International: Women and International Summer Schools in the Interwar Era

  • Baby Rizwana (University of Hyderabad) - The Contribution of Women Missionary Instructors in Educating Deaf-Mute Individuals: An Examination in the Context of Colonial India

  • Mary Whittingdale (University of Oxford) – Early Modern English Embroideries as Sites of Female Religious Education and Knowledge Production

Panel 4 - Separate Spheres?: The Intersection of Home and Education

  • Pernille Svare Nygaard (Aarhus University) - Home Economics as a place for women's politics 1875-1961

  • Julia Gustavsson (University of Oxford) – The Teacher and Mother Researcher – New Perspectives on the Woman Scientific Amateur at the Turn of the Century

  • Ruth Windscheffel (York St John University) – Women, power and sociability in the making of a new university for London, 1967-87

14.45-15.00: Tea Break
15.00-16.00: Workshop 1: Where are the women? An interrogation of the curriculum from primary to HE
16.00-17.30: Session 3


Panel 5 - Innovative Women: Instigating Changes to Eduction at the Fin de Siècle

  • Florence Pinard Nelson (Royal Holloway) – Transforming gardens: the work of Chrystabel Procter, 1894-1982

  • Josephine Carr (The Gender Institute, Royal Holloway) – Budgetary Self-sufficiency and Educating ‘Gentile’ Women at Royal Holloway, 1886-1949

  • Mary Campbell-Day - The Work of Mary Gurney (1836-1917) for the Development of Women's Higher Education

Panel 6 - Pushing Past the Patriarchy?: Inequalities and Misogyny in Modern Education

  • Georgia Lin (University of Oxford) – Collectives in/of Solidarity: Student Activism by Women of Colour at the University of Oxford

  • Isankhya Udani (University of Glasgow/University of Colombo) – Women in the Legal Profession and Gender Equality Understanding Difficulties and Challenges Beyond the Surface

  • Florence Smith (University of Oxford) – Women’s Experiences in Male Spaces, Communities and Cultures: The Introduction of Mixed-Sex Colleges at the University of Oxford, 1974

17.30-18.30: Poster Competition and Drinks
Conference Dinner at Al-Shami

Saturday 13th April

9.00-10.00: Keynote 2: Dr Lynne Regan (Independent) - Exploring cisnormativity and the experiences of transgender students in Higher Education
10.00-10.15: Tea Break
10.15-11.45: Session 4

 Panel 7 – Creating Connections: The Involvement of Women within Intellectual Networks

  • Maria Stimm and Claudia Zimmerli (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle/Wittenberg (Germany); Universität Basel/Pädagogische) – Invisibility of Women in the Historiography of Adult Education in Germany and Switzerland

  • Ning de Coninck-Smith (Aarhus University) – Queerness: a stranger in the archive and in the history of universities. The entangled lives of Greta Hort (1903-1967) and Julie Moscheles (1892-1956)

  • Dominique Rigby (University of Cambridge) – Marie de Gournay and Parisian intellectual life in the late-Renaissance

Panel 8 - Nineteenth-century Women and Worlds of Astronomical Learning

  • Brigitte Stenhouse (The Open University) – From telescope to textbook: the sharing of astronomical data between households

  • Megan Briers (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) – Women observing in late Victorian eclipse expeditionsblications

  • Emma Baxter (University of Oxford) – Code-Switching in Agnes Clerke’s Astronomical Publications

11.45-12.45: Keynote 3: Hadar Elraz (Swansea University) -‘Wom-academia’: Workloads, Mental Health and Female Academic Role Experiences in the Current UKHE Workplace.
12.45-13.45: Lunch
13.45-15.15: Session 5

Panel 9 - Struggles and Successes: Experiencing the University as an Academic Woman

  • Emily Gee (University of Leeds) – Moving On Up? Contemporary Narratives of Gendered and Classed Barriers to Higher Education in the UK

  • Attila Nóbik (University of Szeged) – Female lecturers at the Univerity of Szeged in the inter-war period

  • Lucy Rogers (University of Cambridge) – Thersites: An early twentieth-century student magazine

Panel 10 - Health Studies and the Feminine Experience

  • Susan Birch (University of Winchester) – Universities and Family Planning: Support and Separation

  • Meryem Karabekmez (Istanbul University) – Women in the Late Ottoman Empire: Teachers and Midwives

  • Lucy Barratt (University of Winchester) - An exploration of primary school teachers' experience of the history curriculum

Panel 11 – Spiritual Schooling: Teachings within Religious Contexts

  • Sue Anderson-Faithful (University of Winchester) – The Educational World of Charlotte Yonge

  • Anna Strunk (University of Hamburg) – The first of its kind? “Catholic” higher teacher education courses for women in Münster

  • Deirdre Raftery (University College Dublin) – Confessional networks and female education in the nineteenth century: from convent boarding schools to colleges for women

15.15-15.30: Tea Break
15.30-16.30: Workshop 2: So, What Next?
16.30-17.00: Closing Remarks


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