Programme and Registration for “Women and Worlds of Learning in Europe: From the Medieval to the Modern Day”

Received from Anna Clark (St. John’s, University of Oxford)

Event Overview

‘Women and Worlds of Learning’ is an interdisciplinary conference focused on the place of women within higher and further education. It is taking place 12th-13th April 2024 at the University of Oxford.


Friday 12th April

9.00-9.30: Welcome

9.30-10.30: Keynote 1 Annalisa Obeo (University of Padua) – The University of Women: On the experience of writing a history of women academics and students in Padua

10.30-10.45: Tea Break

10.45-12.15: Session 1

Panel 1 – The Place of Learned Ladies within Medieval Worlds of Learning​

  • Elena Rossi (University of Oxford/IHR) – TBC

  • Victoria Rimbert (Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle/Universita degli Studi di Padova) – Laura Cereta’s World of Learning: itinerary of a XVth century learned woman

Panel 2 – Framing the Feminine: The Role of Women within Art and Education

  • Anna Clark (University of Oxford) – TBC

  • Rose Teanby (De Montfort, Leicester) – A Woman’s Place?: Photographic Education in England 1839 – 1861

  • Adele Askelof (Stockholm University) – Photography education as power. Legitimation,
    social reproduction and positioning in the development of photographic education in Sweden

12.15-13.15: Lunch
13.15-14.45: Session 2

Panel 3 – Beyond the Classroom: Alternative Models of Education

  • Molly Cochran and Susannah Wright (Oxford Brookes University) – Learning to be International: Women and International Summer Schools in the Interwar Era

  • Baby Rizwana (University of Hyderabad) – The Contribution of Women Missionary Instructors in Educating Deaf-Mute Individuals: An Examination in the Context of Colonial India

  • Mary Whittingdale (University of Oxford) – Early Modern English Embroideries as Sites of Female Religious Education and Knowledge Production

Panel 4 – Separate Spheres?: The Intersection of Home and Education

  • Pernille Svare Nygaard (Aarhus University) – Home Economics as a place for women’s politics 1875-1961

  • Julia Gustavsson (University of Oxford) – The Teacher and Mother Researcher – New Perspectives on the Woman Scientific Amateur at the Turn of the Century

  • Ruth Windscheffel (York St John University) – Women, power and sociability in the making of a new university for London, 1967-87

14.45-15.00: Tea Break
15.00-16.00: Workshop 1: Where are the women? An interrogation of the curriculum from primary to HE
16.00-17.30: Session 3

Panel 5 – Innovative Women: Instigating Changes to Eduction at the Fin de Siècle

  • Florence Pinard Nelson (Royal Holloway) – Transforming gardens: the work of Chrystabel Procter, 1894-1982

  • Josephine Carr (The Gender Institute, Royal Holloway) – Budgetary Self-sufficiency and Educating ‘Gentile’ Women at Royal Holloway, 1886-1949

  • Mary Campbell-Day – The Work of Mary Gurney (1836-1917) for the Development of Women’s Higher Education

Panel 6 – Pushing Past the Patriarchy?: Inequalities and Misogyny in Modern Education

  • Georgia Lin (University of Oxford) – Collectives in/of Solidarity: Student Activism by Women of Colour at the University of Oxford

  • Isankhya Udani (University of Glasgow/University of Colombo) – Women in the Legal Profession and Gender Equality Understanding Difficulties and Challenges Beyond the Surface

  • Florence Smith (University of Oxford) – TBC

17.30-18.30: Poster Competition and Drinks
Conference Dinner

Saturday 13th April

9.00-10.00: Keynote 2: Dr Lynne Regan (Independent) – Exploring cisnormativity and the experiences of transgender students in Higher Education
10.00-10.15: Tea Break
10.15-11.45: Session 4

Panel 7 – Creating Connections: The Involvement of Women within Intellectual Networks

  • Maria Stimm and Claudia Zimmerli (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle/Wittenberg (Germany); Universität Basel/Pädagogische) – Invisibility of Women in the Historiography of Adult Education in Germany and Switzerland

  • Ning de Coninck-Smith (Aarhus University) – Queerness: a stranger in the archive and in the history of universities. The entangled lives of Greta Hort (1903-1967) and Julie Moscheles (1892-1956)

  • Dominique Rigby (University of Cambridge) – Marie de Gournay and Parisian intellectual life in the late-Renaissance

Panel 8 – Nineteenth-century Women and Worlds of Astronomical Learning

  • Brigitte Stenhouse (The Open University) – From telescope to textbook: the sharing of astronomical data between households

  • Megan Briers (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) – Women observing in late Victorian eclipse expeditionsblications

  • Emma Baxter (University of Oxford) – Code-Switching in Agnes Clerke’s Astronomical Publications

11.45-12.45: Keynote 3: Louisa Hardwick (University of Swansea) -‘Wom-academia’: Workloads, Mental Health and Female Academic Role Experiences in the Current UKHE Workplace.
12.45-13.45: Lunch
13.45-15.15: Session 5

Panel 9 – Struggles and Successes: Experiencing the University as an Academic Woman

  • Emily Gee (University of Leeds) – Moving On Up? Contemporary Narratives of Gendered and Classed Barriers to Higher Education in the UK

  • Attila Nóbik (University of Szeged) – Female lecturers at the Univerity of Szeged in the inter-war period

  • Lucy Rogers (University of Cambridge) – Thersites: An early twentieth-century student magazine

Panel 10 – Health Studies and the Feminine Experience

  • Susan Birch (University of Winchester) – Universities and Family Planning: Support and Separation

  • Meryem Karabekmez (Istanbul University) – Women in the Late Ottoman Empire: Teachers and Midwives

  • Lucy Barratt – TBC

Panel 11 – Spiritual Schooling: Teachings within Religious Contexts

  • Sue Anderson-Faithful (University of Winchester) – TBC

  • Anna Strunk (University of Hamburg) – The first of its kind? “Catholic” higher teacher education courses for women in Münster

  • Deirdre Raftery (University College Dublin) – Confessional networks and female education in the nineteenth century: from convent boarding schools to colleges for women

15.15-15.30: Tea Break
15.30-16.30: Workshop 2: So, What Next?
16.30-17.00: Closing Remarks


Past & Present is pleased to support this event and supports other events like it. Applications for event funding are welcomed from scholars working in the field of historical studies at all stages in their careers.

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