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Gender, Generation and the Body

June 21, 2014
West of England and South Wales Women's History Network

Park Place
Cardiff CF10 3AT
United Kingdom

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Keynote speaker: Dr Walker, Garthine (Cardiff University)

Organisers: Dr. Tracey Loughran (Cardiff University), Dr. Stephanie Ward (Cardiff University), Beth Jenkins (Cardiff University)

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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

* The conference will be accompanied by a small exhibition of artworks by Dawn Woolley.

Please contact Dr. Tracey Loughran ( for further information.

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June 20, 2014, 5:00pm BST

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