CFP: Women and the Labour Movement in Britain from 1880 to 1950

West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network, held in conjunction with Llafur (The Welsh People’s History Society)

24th Annual Conference

Saturday 1st July 2017
10.am to 5.pm
Aberdare, South Wales

Papers are invited on any aspect of women’s involvement in the labour movement in Britain 1880-1950. A regional focus, in particular on South Wales and the West of England, would be very welcome, although not essential.

Keynote Speakers

Stephanie Ward, Cardiff University will speak on emotions and working class women’s political activism

Karen Hunt, Keele University, will speak on labour and the housewife

Themes/ topics could include:

  • Organising separately (LP women’s sections)
  • Emotions and labour politics
  • Women’s Cooperative Guild
  • The Labour Party and the ‘housewife’
  • Organising in the community
  • Women and the labour/socialist press
  • Campaigning issues Individual women as activists and elected office holders

Proposals for 20 minute papers of not more than 500 words should be sent to

June.Hannam@uwe.ac.uk by 14 April 2017

CFP: Edward Thomas Centenary Conference

19th-21st April 2017, Cardiff University

Confirmed speakers include: Professor Edna Longley and Professor Lucy Newlyn

Call for Papers

Edward Thomas is a poet of retrospect. His poetry memorialises states of mind, people, and places. It also attempts to voice what is absolutely lost and what was never significant: ‘so many things I have forgot/ That once were much to me, or that were not’, he writes. Thomas also considers obscure futures for others and for himself. His poetry anticipates indifference as much as longevity when it asks what they will ‘do when I am gone?’: ‘they will do without me as the rain/ Can do without the flowers and the grass’.

What should we do with Thomas, whose reputation and writing is more present than ever? In 2017, we will mark the centenary of his death with a major conference at Cardiff University, where an important collection of Thomas’s manuscript materials and letters are held at SCOLAR. With the preparation of a major edition of his prose and with his acknowledged centrality to new forms of nature writing, study of Thomas is now rarely confined to any single aspect of his practice. We want to celebrate Thomas and approaches to his work in the fullest possible diversity.

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CFP: Modernisms and Modernities East, West and South: Comparing Literary and Cultural Experiences

Fudan University, Shanghai, 19 – 22 July 2017

Convened by Fudan University (China), Universität Hamburg (Germany), Macquarie University (Australia)

Modernism has often been critiqued for being homogenising and Eurocentric. Yet, modernity was experienced differently by different societies and cultures, each pursuing their own specific historical trajectory. Across the world in societies as different as China, Australia, the US and Europe, modernist literature and art were, in very different ways, crucial mediators of modernity. This conference will survey diverse experiences of modernity and the place of modernist art and aesthetics in those experiences. Implicit in this discussion is the question of what survives of modernist practices and modernity as a project beyond the known debates around modernism and postmodernism towards a new relevance in the era of globalisation and climate change.

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CFP Deadline Extended: Protean Desires Symposium

Protean Desires: Queering the Body, Transforming the Text
April 22nd 2016
Singleton Abbey, University of Swansea

CFP DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 18 MARCH

Keynote Speaker: Professor Stephen Guy-Bray (University of British Columbia) ‘The Location of Queerness’

We are inviting proposals for 20-minute papers exploring Gender Fluidity and Queer Theory across disciplines and historical periods. We welcome proposals from postgraduate and early career researchers as well as established scholars. Papers on the theme of fluidity of identity – within textual self-performance, or in the transmission of ideas between periods and disciplines, for example – will be especially welcome. But we encourage submissions on any topic, which may include the following:

  • The Relationship between Bodies and Texts
  • Queer Theoretical Approaches to the Body
  • The Articulation of Desire, both Historicised and De-Historicised
  • Transgender and Intersex Identity
  • Queerness and the Transmission & Consumption of Texts
  • Gender Identity & Modernity/Postmodernity

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Jack Orchard (837501@swansea.ac.uk) and Maria Zygogianni (gencas.conferences@gmail.com) by 18th March 2016.

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