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CFP: Women and the Army: 100 Years of Progress?

Submission deadline: March 31, 2017

Conference date(s):
June 24, 2017

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Conference Venue:

Department of Research and Academic Access, National Army Museum
London, United Kingdom

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To mark the re-opening of the National Army Museum following a £23 million refurbishment, a conference is being held to coincide with the one hundredth anniversary of the first recruitment of women into the non-nursing branches of the British Army. It is also the twenty-fifth anniversary of the disbandment of the Women’s Royal Army Corps and the absorption of female soldiers into the army as a whole, and a year on from the announcement that women were eligible to perform close combat roles in tank and infantry units. In short, 2017 is the ideal vantage point from which to review decades of debate about the role of women in the military, and to consider what role they might perform in the future.

The themes of the conference will encompass all aspects of women’s military service from 1917 to the present day, whether historical, operational, political, sociological or philosophical. No academic discipline should feel excluded and we welcome responses from graduate students, the staff of higher education institutions and unaffiliated researchers.

Submitting proposals for papers

We warmly invite proposals for 20 minute papers. Indicative topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Representations of women and the army in art, literature and film

Military masculinity and femininity

Comparative appraisals with women’s services overseas

Women in combat and non-combat roles

Female soldiers and the family

Women soldiers’ experiences and memoirs of service

Historical arguments for and against women in the army

Female identity and the army

The future of women in the army

Abstracts no longer than 300 words should be sent to the National Army Museum’s Head of Research and Academic Access Dr Alastair Massie – with a brief biographical note, by Friday 3 March 2017.

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