Call for Papers: Adventurous Wives in the Long Eighteenth Century, University of Southampton

On Friday 19th June 2020, Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SCECS) will host a one-day conference on the theme of Adventurous Wives in the Long Eighteenth Century. The conference will examine the role(s) of the wife as seen through the fields of literature, social and economic history, law, art history and material culture.

Papers are invited on the following topics:

• The economic and financial autonomy of women following marriage

• Feme sole traders

• The visibility of single versus married women in the literature of the period

• Wives’ involvement in politics and public life

• Working wives

• Women and the divorce process

• Inheritance and the transmission of property through the female line

• Trusts, property ownership and separate estate

• Wives as educators

• Conduct literature and wives

• The married woman as literary heroine

• Quasi-marriages and kept Mistresses

• The married female body

• Material culture, fashion and taste

• Housewifery

• Wives as guardians of morality and social order

• The historiography of the wife: change or continuity?

Please submit abstracts of up to 500 words with a short bio to the conference organisers Kim Simpson (K.Simpson@soton. ac.uk) and Alison Daniell (A.H.Daniell@soton.ac.uk) by 1 MARCH 2020.

Tickets still available for the WSG Portraying pregnancy tour: 11am, 15th February 2020

Karen Hearn, curator of the new exhibition at the Foundling Museum ‘Portraying Pregnancy’, will be giving the WSG a tour on 15th February, at 11am.

There are still a few places left if any member would like to join us.

The event is free, though there is a cost to enter the museum, which will be at a concession rate for the group, and free for Art Fund members. Feel free to go earlier to see the exhibition and join the group in there for the tour.

We are also planning to have lunch afterwards for anyone interested. This will be at Cosmoba Italian restaurant at 12.45 p.m. Their menu is available here: http://www.cosmoba.co.uk/. 

The address is: 9 Cosmo Pl, Holborn, London WC1N 3AP

Please contact Miriam for more details, to book and to confirm for the lunch by 31st January, at the WSG email address: wsgpostbox@gmail.com.

Miriam will be in contact shortly with those already on the list.

***POSTPONED*** Registration Now Open: For Love or Money?: Women, Amateurs and Professionals with Professor Judith Hawley

For Love or Money?: Women, Amateurs and Professionals

Keynote: Professor Judith Hawley (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Date: POSTPONED

We are pleased to announce the WSG annual workshop is now open for registration. Fully details are available via the workshop page: https://womensstudiesgroup.org/annual-workshop/ 

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Online event reviews

Chawton House Lockdown Literary Festival, 15-17 May 2020

Tickets still available for the WSG Portraying preganancy tour: 11am, 15th February 2020

Karen Hearn, curator of the new exhibition at the Foundling Museum ‘Portraying Pregnancy’, will be giving the WSG a tour on 15th February, at 11am.

There are still a few places left if any member would like to join us.

The event is free, though there is a cost to enter the museum, which will be at a concession rate for the group, and free for Art Fund members. Feel free to go earlier to see the exhibition and join the group in there for the tour.

We are also planning to have lunch afterwards for anyone interested. This will be at Cosmoba Italian restaurant at 12.45 p.m. Their menu is available here: http://www.cosmoba.co.uk/. 

The address is: 9 Cosmo Pl, Holborn, London WC1N 3AP

Please contact Miriam for more details, to book and to confirm for the lunch by 31st January, at the WSG email address: wsgpostbox@gmail.com.

Miriam will be in contact shortly with those already on the list.