Online Conference 2021
We held our 2021 annual conference online over two weeks from 28 June-9 July.
Instead of trying to replicate a physical event online, we adapted by spreading events over a longer time-frame and opening up cutting-edge research to as wide an audience as possible. To maintain our community of research in a remote setting, we also emphasised discussion, with 15 minute papers to avoid Zoom fatigue!
A selection of recordings are available below and you can link to recordings of our 2020 events here.
Plenary Panel: Women and Work
In March 2021, the Office for National Statistics highlighted important differences in men and women’s experiences of life in lockdown.
While more men than women have died from COVID-19 in the UK, women’s wellbeing has been more negatively affected. During the first year of the pandemic, women reported higher levels of anxiety and loneliness than men, were more likely to have been furloughed, took on more unpaid domestic duties and took a significantly greater share of responsibility for childcare and homeschooling.
Our annual conference placed these findings in their historical context with a specially convened plenary on Women and Work. The panel spanned the early modern and modern periods, featuring three leading scholars:
Emma Griffin is Professor of Modern British History at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of five books, most recently Bread Winner: an Intimate History of the Victorian Economy (2020). She is the co-editor of the journal History and President of the Royal Historical Society.
Helen McCarthy is Reader in Modern and Contemporary British History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John’s College. She is the author of three books, including Women of the World: The Rise of the Female Diplomat (2014) and Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhood (2020). She is currently developing a new project on the socialist intellectual and writer, Beatrice Webb, and her biographer, Margaret Cole.
Jane Whittle is professor of Economic and Social History at Exeter University. She is author of numerous books and articles including most recently, Consumption and Gender in the Early Seventeenth-Century Household (2012), ‘A Critique of Approaches to “Domestic Work”’ Past and Present 243 (2019), and ‘The Gender Division of Labour in Early Modern England’ Economic History Review 73:1 (2020). She currently holds a European Research Council Advanced grant to study ‘Forms of Labour: Gender, Freedom and Experience of Work in the Preindustrial Economy’.
Programme and Recorded Content
Our conference is centred on eight thematic strands, which range across time and space. We recorded a selection of the presentations, which you can watch at your convenience by clicking the titles below.
Rachel Smith, Bath Spa University and Cardiff University, Emotions of Death: Grief and Anxiety in the Canning Family Correspondence, 1760-1830
Gabriel Lawson, QMUL, Dream Analysis in the Stalag: The PoW Dream Diaries of Major Kenneth Hopkins
Catherine Phipps, University of Oxford, ‘Disgusting and intolerable’: Anxieties about interracial relationships in Morocco in the 1940s and 1950s and the sexual policies of a late colonial state
Penny Summerfield, University of Manchester, Love, Jealousy, Sex and the Self in World War Two Correspondence
Susan Woodall, The Open University, ‘Hiding Places of evil’: policing morality in the dormitory spaces of nineteenth-century institutions for ‘fallen’ women
Maria Isabel Romero-Ruiz, University of Malaga, Cambridge Spinning House and the Proctoral System: The Case of Beatrice Cooper (1892)
Craig Stafford, University of Liverpool, Policing Women in Victorian Rochdale
Agni Agathi C. Papamichael, University of Birmingham, Loyal Barbarians and Wealthy Heroes: Byzantine and Norse Attitudes towards the Varangian Guard
Joanna de Groot, University of York, Inside and outside the tent: ‘speaking back’ to orientalist images of nineteenth century Iran
Anna Cusack, Birkbeck, Displaying Criminal Cadavers in London, c.1600-1800
Kate Brooks, Bath Spa University, Art in the archives: young people in care today respond to Victorian orphanage records
Ella Sbaraini, ‘For I am a going I know not where’: Suicide in Place and Space, 1750-1850
Barbara Crosbie, Durham University, The body on Killhope Moor: doing public history during a pandemic
Natalie Massong, IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, The Mobile Woman: Getting Around during the 1630 Plague in Bologna
Ben Jackson, Queen Mary, University of London, Elite Masculinity, Sporting Paraphernalia, and the English Country House c.1600–1800
Sean Nixon, Landscapes of Loss: Silent Spring and the Geography of Environmental Crisis, 1956-65
Murray Seccombe, Lancaster University, Managing people, managing space: constables, highways and connectivity in seventeenth-century Halifax
Dominika Katarzyna Brzezinska, University of St Andrews, Et O. dixit quod B. non fuit frater suus – Sibling bond between bastards and non-bastards in the land litigations of the 13th-century England
Hazel Vosper, Lancaster University, Who Do You Trust? A Case Study of a Victorian Marriage Settlement From Between the Married Women’s Property Acts
Hannah Telling, Institute of Historical Research, ‘Living as Man and Wife’: Cohabiting Couples and Fatal Violence in Scotland, 1850-1914
Taylor Aucoin, University of Exeter, ‘To pay the futball and banquet’: Ball-money, Hen-silver and Communal Marriage Dues in Premodern Britain
Emilly Webb, University of Leeds, ‘I Must do my Duty by these Innocents’: Raising a Mixed-Race Family in Blechynden’s Calcutta Diaries, 1782-1822
Katharina Simon, Philipps-Universität Marburg, What to do with a ‘bastard child’? – Practices of conflict management in Eighteenth Century Yorkshire Communities
Katie Donington, London South Bank University, The bonds of family: Slavery, commerce and culture in the British Atlantic world
Michael Lambert, Lancaster University, “Neighbours with a more Bohemian way of life”? Denouncing “problem families” in working-class communities, 1945-70
Alice Blackwood, University of Oxford, Defining ‘Local Politics’ for Men and for Women in Early Modern England
Honor Morris, King’s College London, High-Rise Motherhood: The impact of 1970s council housing on working-class mothering
Ian d’Alton, Trinity College, Dublin, Building citizenship in an alien State – the Protestant search for place and loyalty in post-independence Ireland
Kate Bradley, University of Kent, Creating legal cultures: Citizenship, class, and the Poor Man’s Lawyer in Interwar England
Eureka Henrich, University of Hertfordshire, ‘Medical Aid Free to All Immigrants’: the Migrant Medical Centre in Sydney’s King’s Cross (1961) and the paradox of Australia’s post-war immigration programme
Farah Mendlesohn, Historical Fictions Research Network, Constructing Citizenship: Fiction and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms
Amy Louise Smith, Lancaster University, Libellous Song and the Community in Early Modern England, c.1600-1642
Brodie Waddell, Birkbeck, Parochial Petitions, Social Identity and Popular Mobilisation in Early Modern England
Raquel Caçote Raposo, Protect, Educate and Instruct: Poor and Vulnerable Children Shelters in Portugal, 1834-1910
Marjorie Gehrhardt, University of Reading, Charity, fundraising and the state in WW1 France: from research to teaching
This panel was chaired by Georgina Brewis and featured presentations from Ruth Macdonald (Salvation Army International Heritage Centre), Sarah Roddy (Maynooth University), George Campbell Gosling (University of Wolverhampton) and Robin Osterley (Charity Retail Association)
Dave Hitchcock, Canterbury Christ Church University, Plus ca change?’ New approaches to the history of vagrancy, 1500-1800
John Morgan, University of Bristol, Poverty and environment in early modern England
Julia McClure, University of Glasgow, Poverty and Empire
Linda Pike, University of Worcester, Leisure and Film Consumption in the Midlands
Talita Souza Magnolo, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, The intersections between the history of the North American and Brazilian press: a comparative study between the magazines TV Guide and Intervalo
Lena Liapi, Keele University, ‘True’ news and their readers: credibility and news reporting in early modern England