Gender, Generation and the Body: 21st Annual Conference of the West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network


One of Dawn Woolley’s Unusual Self-Portrait.
One of Dawn Woolley’s Unusual Self-Portrait.

On Saturday 21st June, Cardiff University will host Gender, Generation and the Body, the 21st annual conference of the West of England and South West Women’s History Network. The keynote lecture will be given by Dr. Garthine Walker on ‘Sex, Age and Bodies: “Victim-Blaming” and Culpability in the History of Rape c. 1500-1800’. The conference will be accompanied by a small exhibition of artworks by Cardiff-based artist Dawn Woolley. You can register here.


Keynote speaker: Dr. Garthine Walker  (Cardiff University)


  • Dr. Tracey Loughran (Cardiff University)
  • Dr. Stephanie Ward (Cardiff University)
  • Beth Jenkins (Cardiff University)

Draft Programme

9.30 – 11.00: Keynote Lecture: Garthine Walker (Cardiff University), Sex, Age and Bodies: ‘Victim-Blaming’ and Culpability in the History of Rape c.1500-1800

11.00- 12.30: Panel 1: Sin, the Senses and the Sacred

  • Hannah Byland (Cornell University): Stage- and Cross-Dressing in the Plays of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim
  • Ruth Mullett (Cornell University): Sense-ational Meditation
  • Dawn Woolley (Artist): Pathological Consumers: Spectacular Bodies of the Nineteenth Century

12.30 – 1.15: Lunch

1.15-3.15: Panel 2: Female Bodies in Public and Private Spaces

  • Soni (Jawaharlal Nehru University): The “Sanctified Age”:  Production of ‘Distinct Bodies’ in British India (1869-1920)
  • Sarah Prendergast (Oxford Brookes University): Mrs Anne Adaliza Puddicombe and Mrs Jessie Penn-Lewis: The Forgotten and Misunderstood Women of the 1904 Welsh Revival
  • Sarah Jones (University of Exeter): Reproduction and the Fight for Free Love in The Adult (1897-1899)
  • Angela Grainger (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine):From Self-Examination to the #nomakeupselfie: Breast Cancer Awareness in Historical Perspective

3.15 – 3.45: Break

3.40-5.15: Panel 3: Reproductive Bodies

  • Jennifer Evans (University of Hertfordshire): Male Bodies, Masculinity and Reproduction in Early Modern England
  • Sarah Toulalan (University of Exeter), ‘Elderly years cause a Total dispaire of Conception’: Old Age and Infertility in Early Modern England
  • Leah Astbury (University of Cambridge), Bodily Care of Mothers and Infants in Early Modern England
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