Information on all LSE’s programmes for the suffrage centenary can be found from now and throughout next year by clicking on this link
Mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act
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A Hidden History of Women in the East End – The Alternative Jack the Ripper Tour
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CENTENNIAL REFLECTIONS ON WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE AND THE ARTS
Local : National : Transnational
An international, multi-disciplinary public conference
University of Surrey, UK, 29-30 June 2018
* Irene Cockroft, author of Women in the Arts & Crafts and Suffrage Movements at the Dawn of the 20th Century
* Elizabeth Crawford, author of The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Britain and Ireland
The 2018 centenary of the Representation of the People Act (6 February 1918), which granted the vote to many women in the UK, yields an ideal opportunity for sustained critical reflection on women’s suffrage. This conference seeks to explore the artistic activities nurtured within the movement, their range and legacy, as well as the relationships between politics and art. In striving for an inclusive, transnational reach, it will at the same time seek to move beyond traditional emphases on white middle-class feminism and explore the intersections between the regional, national, and global contexts for women’s suffrage with specific respect to the arts.
While proposals addressing any aspects of women’s suffrage will be welcomed, this conference will focus upon three strands:
1. Women’s suffrage in/and the arts
2. Women’s suffrage in Surrey and the surrounds
3. Transnational networks and flows of texts in relation to women’s suffrage
20-minute papers are invited on any aspect of these strands, including but not limited to:
* Late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century women’s writing on suffrage;
* Political reflections on the arts and the cultural sphere, e.g. in music;
* Transnational networks and mobilities of political texts and ideas, incorporating suffrage movements in other countries;
* Politically active individuals with strong links to Surrey (particularly in relation to the arts) e.g. Mary Watts, Dame Ethel Smyth, Gertrude Jekyll, Marion Wallace Dunlop;
* Networks such as Ferguson’s Gang, Surrey Hills Group, Surrey Pilgrimage Group, and women who organised suffrage marches;
* Sociological theories of women’s suffrage;
* Contributions of women of colour to suffrage movements in Britain and globally;
* Art (both historical and contemporary) inspired by women’s suffrage.
Proposals for panels of 3-4 papers (1.5-2 hours) are also warmly welcomed, as are proposals for one-hour roundtables of 3-5 participants. We encourage proposals from postgraduate students and independent scholars in addition to institutionally-affiliated established academics.
Planned activities include a panel discussion featuring artists who have been active in performing and creating works based on women’s suffrage and some of its key figures; a recital of the music of Dame Ethel Smyth; and a visit to the nearby Watts Gallery. We envisage that an edited publication will be developed from papers presented at the conference.
Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be e-mailed by 26 January 2018 to email@example.com. Decisions will be communicated to speakers by 23 February 2018. A limited number of student bursaries may be offered to offset costs of attendance.
Poster Girls a century of Art and Design
Now showing at the London Transport Museum
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Call for Papers: Women’s Suffrage and Political Activism
A conference to commemorate the Centenary of the 1918 Reform Act
Saturday February 3rd 2018, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
For many British and Irish suffragists the vote was essential to obtaining justice for working women, peace and wider social reform. Yet in practice, working relationships between suffragists, peace activists and socialists were often troubled. This conference explores the ideas, strategies and controversies relating to the women’s movement in the years leading up to the 1918 Reform Act and its aftermath. We welcome contributions on individual suffragists and suffrage groups in Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales. We invite abstracts on attitudes to women’s suffrage in the labour movement, women’s peace initiatives during the First World War, and initiatives in support of equal franchise and feminist reforms from 191828. Papers should demonstrate new research, and awareness of the complexity of the relationship between working-class women, suffragists, social reformers and the organised labour movement.
Please send panel proposals (up to 500 words) or individual paper abstracts (up to 250 words) by 30th October to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ph. D students should give their dissertation title, and the name and e-mail address of their supervisor. The conference is held in collaboration the Labour History Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University, and the University of Cambridge University Library.
Confirmed Speakers include: Sheila Rowbotham, Jill Liddington and Elizabeth Crawford
Convenors: Prof Lucy Bland (Lucy.Bland@anglia.ac.uk), Dr Lucy Delap (email@example.com) Dr Ben Griffin (firstname.lastname@example.org), Prof Mary Joannou (Mary.Joannou@anglia.ac.uk).
Millicent Fawcett’s statue
The Fawcett Society has announced the following
We’re proud to reveal Millicent’s statue design for Parliament Square.
Gillian Wearing’s inspirational design will see her in her prime, aged 50 in 1897, the year the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies was formed. The statue also commemorates 52 other suffragist campaigners whose images will be engraved on the plinth.
Now we need your help to make it a reality.
The planning application has been submitted, but there is still a risk that this won’t happen if planning permission is not granted. Please write in support, by clicking ‘Support’ and submitting a comment online via the link below. You can write you own comment, or copy and paste the following:
I’m proud to support planning permission for Millicent Fawcett’s statue in Parliament Square. I believe it will be a fitting monument commemorating Millicent and the many other women who fought for the right to vote.
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
The EGA Gallery is open to the public and is free. The permanent exhibition focuses on the story of EGA and the entry of women into the medical profession in Britain, in its historical context, and contains other material relating to pioneering women social campaigners and medics. For further information about the EGA Gallery, you can go to the website of EGA for Women, the group which initiated the project. The website includes images of the exhibition space, opening hours and full address: http://www.egaforwomen.org.uk/