We’re back! The first of WSG’s 2018-19 seminars takes place on Saturday 29th September, with four papers on women’s networks, fashion, animal poetry and sculpture in the eighteenth century.
Seminars take place at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ, starting promptly at 1pm and finishing at 4pm. Doors open at 12.30. The Foundling is a wheelchair accessible venue, and directions for getting to the Museum can be found here, including those for the visually impaired. All seminars are free and open to the public, though refreshments will cost £2 to those who aren’t WSG members. Those attending the seminars are welcome to look round the museum before or after.
Saturday 29 September, 2018. Chair: Yvonne Noble & Louise Duckling Madeleine Pelling: Negotiating the Portland Vase: Mary Hamilton, Sir William Hamilton and the Duchess of Portland (WSG Bursary 2017 paper) Laura Pérez Hernández: Analyzing Female Identity through the Fashion Press: Differences and Similarities between Spain and England (1750-1800) Taylin Nelson: ‘A Meager Cow’: The Duchess of Devonshire and Animality in Eighteenth-century Poetry Miriam al Jamil: Eleanor Coade and the Back-room Venus
Pssst… the next seminar will be on Saturday 8 December, when WSG celebrates its 30th birthday with abook launch.
WSG’s final seminar of the year focuses on “works in progress” papers, or with more of a “how to” element. These three by Valerie Schutte, Cheryl Duncan and Catriona Cooper look at life writing, the use of legal documents, and audio research.
Seminars take place at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ, starting promptly at 1pm and finishing at 4pm. Doors open at 12.30. Directions for getting to the Museum can be found here. All seminars are free and open to the public, though refreshments will cost £2 to those who aren’t WSG members. Those attending the seminars are welcome to look round the museum before or after.
Sunday 11 March, 2018 (This is a ‘how-to’ session that also involves a measure of ‘work in progress’). Chair: TBC Valerie Schutte: Princess, Duchess, Queen: Mary Tudor as represented in the long eighteenth century. Cheryll Duncan: Music, women and the law: the challenges and rewards of legal documents. Catriona Cooper: Listening to the Commons: the sounds of debate and the experience of women in Parliament c.1800. Karen Lipsedge: Reading women and the eighteenth-century home.
Last year the first Women, Money and Markets 1750-1850 conference was held at King’s College London. Co-organised by WSG member Emma Newport and Amy Murat, the conference was a great success (not least because it featured a WSG panel, ‘Material Girls’).
The conference organisers welcome submissions in the form of individual papers, panels and roundtable discussions on the following themes:
The varying practices of women associated with currency, global and/or domestic markets and marketability
Material practices associated with value, exchange and/or female creativity
Women as producers and/or consumers in the literary or other marketplaces (including, but not limited to, food, clothing, agriculture and raw materials)
Representations of women at work or women’s involvement in: Trade and industry / Professional services (e.g. law, finance, hospitality and the media) / Domestic service / The rural economy / The stock market and speculation
The place of women in the literary marketplace (past and present)
They particularly welcome cross-cultural considerations of the above issues.
Guide for submissions: Please send 300 word abstracts to the conference email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) plus a covering email outlining briefly your proposed format (individual paper, panel, roundtable, etc.). If you are submitting a proposal for a panel, please include an abstract for each paper (up to 300 words each). Please indicate if you would like your paper to be considered for a monograph to be published in conjunction with the conference.
The date for our next annual workshop has been fixed for Sunday 13th May 2018 at the Foundling Museum, London, and the theme will broadly reflect the keynote’s of music, crafts and the home. WSG & music is a good fit with the Foundling – did you know that Handel conducted benefit performances of his famous Messiah to raise funds for the Foundling Hospital, and that the museum is home to an important Handel archive and regularly holds musical events? Registrations for the workshop will open in the spring, and participants are usually expected to bring a 5-minute contribution to present in the afternoon. Places will first be advertised to the wsg members mailing list – to find out before everyone else, why not become a member?