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Femininities: Tenth York Cultural History Conference

University of York Department of History Cultural History Conference 2010
Berrick Saul Building, University of York
22-24 April 2010

Draft programme

Day One - Thursday 22nd April



Session 1


Toby L. Ditz, 'Introductory Remarks'

Barbara Taylor, 'History, Feminism and the Feeling Woman'

Coffee break (4pm-4.30pm)

Session 2


Merry Wiesner-Hanks, ‘The Limits of Femininity in the Early Modern Imaginary’

Jeremy Goldberg, ‘Performing Femininities: Ideology v. Practice in Later Medieval England’

Evening reception (6pm-6.30pm)

Day Two - Friday 23rd April

Session 3



Judith Halberstam, ‘Radical Passivity, Radical Femininity’

Kathleen Canning, ‘Femininity in the Aftermath of War’

Coffee break (11am-11.30am)

Session 4


Bronach Kane, 'Femininity, Speech and Insult in England, c. 1200-1500’

Cordelia Beattie, ‘Feminine honour and the labouring body in late medieval England’

Lunch (1pm-2pm)

Session 5


Joanna de Groot, ‘Femininities From a Non Western Perspective: A View From Iran’

Kim Phillips, ‘Femininities with a Difference: Mongolian, Chinese and Indian Women through Precolonial Eyes, c.1245-c.1510.’

Coffee break (3.30pm-4pm)
Borthwick Institute: archival sources relating to the conference theme (3.40pm-4.40pm)

Session 6


Helen Smith, 'Femininities, Women's Work, and Material Culture in the London Stationers' Company, c. 1550-1640'

Jennifer Jones, ‘The Other Woman of the Enlightenment: Thérèse Levasseur, Complementarity and Rousseau’s Sexism Reconsidered’

Conference dinner (7pm-9pm)

Day Three - Saturday 24th April

Session 7


Rachel Cowgill, ‘Une leçon de grace’: Performance, Femininity and Spectatorship at the Italian Opera in Early Nineteenth-Century London

John Howard, ‘Pair-Bonding: Gender, Sexuality and American Photography’

Becky Conekin, ‘Pretty Hard Work: A History of Fashion Modelling in London and Paris c.1947-1970’

Coffee break (11.30am-12pm)

Session 8


Closing remarks and conference conclusions - to be led by Jane Rendall.
Lunch (1pm-2pm)

Postgraduate Events

Two of our guest speakers will be delivering masterclasses for postgraduate students at York on 27 April 2010:

  • Professor Judith Halberstam (University of Southern California) will be leading a discussion on the theme of ‘recent trends in queer studies’ on Tuesday 27 April at 16:15 in the Berrick Saul Building. Note: There will be a cap of 20 so book early to avoid disappointment. To register, please contact Henrice Altink or Joanna de Groot.
  • Prof. Merry Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee) will be leading a discussion on the theme ‘Trends In Late Medieval And Early Modern Gender History’ on Tuesday 27 April at 14:00 in King’s Manor room K/G33. Lunch will be available beforehand. Note: There will be a cap of 20 so book early to avoid disappointment. To register, please contact Jeremy Goldberg.