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CFP: Education, College Women and Suffrage: International Perspectives

Submission deadline: November 13, 2017

Conference date(s):
June 13, 2018 - June 14, 2018

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Conference Venue:

Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, United Kingdom

Topic areas


Pioneers of women’s higher or further education in different countries both supported and distanced themselves from contemporary suffrage campaigns for a range of reasons. Women who had benefitted from a college education that had introduced them to ideas of equality, democracy and citizenship also joined both sides of the suffrage debate as evidenced in letters, diaries, newspaper reports and other ephemera. The debates took place within nations and on the international stage, and college women travelled extensively in their private and professional lives exchanging views through their correspondence and in their memories. 

This international, conference will provide a forum for those involved in teaching and researching suffrage and the history of women’s education (in schools, HE and heritage institutions) to discuss new directions. We invite submissions in a range of formats by archivists, public historians, researchers, curators and teachers to explore and discuss the under-researched links between education and suffrage.  Presentations may draw on a range of sources as they relate to the intersection of education and suffrage, including the use and interpretation of digital archives and material sources for research or educational purposes.

Proposals of c. 300 words are welcome for 10 or 20 minute individual presentations, or for workshops, panels, symposia, or posters on the themes of (but not limited to):


College Women’s engagement with suffrage or anti-suffrage

Institutional attitudes and responses to suffrage

Alumnae networks, Associations and suffrage

College Women’s inter/trans-national suffrage connections


Oral histories of education and suffrage

School and College magazines

Public Histories of suffrage and education

Educational archives and suffrage

Memorialising suffrage and college heritage

Teaching and learning

Citizenship, Education and Suffrage

Education and Suffrage in film, music, drama and fiction

Using and accessing digital archives of education and suffrage

Teaching suffrage beyond national boundaries

Creating innovative suffrage resources & activities

Please Email your proposal by Monday 13 November 2017  to:

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