Monday, 01 September 2014
The University of Worcester will welcome scholars from across the world this weekend, for a three-day conference to discuss the role of women on the Home Front.
Timed to coincide with the commemorations to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, the prestigious Women’s History Network Annual Conference will explore practical and emotional survival on the Home Front during a range of wars and conflicts, including the American and English Civil Wars, the two world wars and the Vietnam War.
experts, scholars and delegates from across the UK and around the world will
attend the event - to be held at the University’s City Campus - including
people working in archives, media and heritage organisations involved in
activities to mark the commemoration of the First World War.
conference aims to stimulate debate about Home Fronts across diverse historical
periods and geographical areas, and will focus on issues such as families and
domesticity, politics and organisations, working lives, culture and
conference has been organised by Professor Maggie Andrews, one of the country’s
leading cultural historians, who has played a key role in the BBC’s World War
One Centenary commemorations; and four post-graduate students from the University’s
Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts.
Andrews explains: “We are thrilled to be welcoming so many delegates from close
to home and from as far afield as the USA, Canada, New Zealand and South
Africa, for what will be a very informative and enlightening conference; the
first of a number of events being organised by the University in relation to
the WWI Centenary.
Front is obviously a very timely subject at the moment, and we are sure that
the range of speakers - and the
opportunity to visit the Infirmary Medical Museum and the WWI exhibition currently being displayed at The
Hive - will make for a very interesting three days.
“We will also
be awarding the Women’s History Network book prize at Friday evening’s
reception along with - for the first time - the Community History Prize,
sponsored by the History Press.”
speakers at the conference will include Professor Susan-Mary Grant, Professor
of American History at the University of Newcastle; Professor Karen Hunt,
Professor of Modern British History at the University of Keele; Dr Deborah
Thom, of the University of Cambridge; and Dr Lisa Pine, Reader in History at
South Bank University.