Four of the Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 seminars in 2021-2022 season, will be delivered on Zoom and two, we hope will take place in-person at The Foundling, London. See below for details.

All meetings will start promptly at 1pm BST/GMT* (with arrivals from 12.30 onward to allow for necessary preparations and administration). We aim to finish by 3.30pm. Each paper will be between 20-25 minutes long.

The WSG invites papers formal and informal, as well as works-in-progress, on any topic related to early modern and long eighteenth-century women’s and gender studies, be it history, literature, art, medicine, music, theatre, religion, economics, sexuality, and so on.  Early career and independent scholars are particularly welcome.  We put out a call for papers every February through August on sites like, but if you would like to be considered as a speaker please contact the Seminars Organiser, Carolyn Williams.

Please be aware, you must be a member of the WSG to gain access to the Zoom sessions. The links are distributed through our WSG mailing list 24-hours before the event. Becoming a member means you will be able to attend the Zoom and in-person seminars for the 2021-2022 season.


Speaker Sessions, 2021-2022 Season

Saturday 25 September, 2021. (British Summer Time)  Zoom.

Valerie Schutte. Anachronistic Representations of Edward Underhill

Helen Leighton-Rose. Women’s Subversion of the Scottish Church Courts 1707-1757

Matthew Reznicek. Healing The Nation: Women, Medicine, and the Romantic National Tale

Norena Shopland. Women Dressed as Men


Saturday 9 October 2021.  (British Summer Time) Zoom.

Charlotte MacKenzie. Mary Broad – the creation of a Cornish legend

Marissa C. Rhodes. Tender Trades: Wet Nursing and the Intimate Politics of Inequity in the Urban Atlantic, 1750-1815

Crystal Biggin. Editing Eighteenth-Century Letters: Anna Barbauld’s Correspondence of Samuel Richardson (1804) and Women Novel Critics


Saturday 27 November, 2021. (Greenwich Mean Time) Zoom.

Nora Crook. Mary Shelley as Nineteenth-century Female Editor

Amy Solomons. ‘A book is either the best treasure, or the greatest evil’: The Circulation and Readership of Conduct Literature in National Trust Libraries, 1680-1830.

Amy Prendergast. ‘a means of my doing better’: Eighteenth-Century Diary Writing as a Tool for Individual Improvement


Saturday 29 January, 2022. (Greenwich Mean Time) *This seminar will now take place on Zoom*

Phil Winterbottom. “By cash paid herself”: Women as clients of London’s banks from the Restoration to the 1780s

 Brenda M. Hosington. Two Seventeenth-Century Women Translators of French Prose Fiction

Alannah Tomkins. “I helpt to nurse”: care work by Georgian spinsters, 1780-1820

Eliska Bujokova. Matrons, Housekeepers and Nurses: Food Provision and Power Relations in Glasgow’s Early Nineteenth c. Hospitals


Saturday 26 February, 2022. (Greenwich Mean Time) Zoom.

Brianna Robertson-Kirkland. The platonic vs the romantic relationship in the music room: Venanzio Rauzzini and Elizabeth Gooch

 Yasmin Solomonescu. Women, Rhetoric, and Rhetorical Theory

Carolyn D. Williams. Images of female benevolence: versions of Lady Bountiful from Dryden’s Eleonora to Jane Austen’s Emma


Saturday 26 March, 2022. (Greenwich Mean Time) The Foundling Museum.

Sophie Johnson. History’s ‘other’ sculptors: The under-representation of historic women sculptors (1558 –1837) in the history of art

Charlotte Goodge.‘Sedentary occupations ought chiefly to be followed by women’: The ‘Fat’ Woman and ‘Masculine’ Exercise in the Literary Culture of the ‘long’ Eighteenth Century.

Moira Goff, Independent Scholar. Evered Laguerre: a Female Professional Dancer on the London Stage


Typically, our meetings take place on Saturdays in autumn and winter at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ, starting promptly at 1pm and finishing at 4pm. Doors open at 12.30pm, and there is a break for tea, coffee and biscuits halfway through the session. The Foundling is a wheelchair accessible venue, and directions for getting to the Museum can be found here, including for those who are partially sighted. Seminars are free and open to the public though non-members will be asked to make a donation of £2 for refreshments. Those attending the seminars are welcome to look round the museum before or after.

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