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From Suffrage to Second Wave: Feminist Periodical Culture in Britain

From Suffrage to Second Wave: Feminist Periodical Culture in Britain

Edited by Victoria Bazin and Melanie Waters

This special issue of Women: A Cultural Review brings together scholarship on feminist print media from the first ‘wave’ of suffrage publications produced and consumed in the early twentieth century to the publications associated with the Women’s Liberation Movement. By doing so, the intention is to highlight the continuities and discontinuities between these social movements and to illustrate the role print culture played in constructing feminist identities and communities.

The editors come at this subject from two slightly different historical and critical perspectives. Victoria Bazin’s work on modernist periodical culture focuses on Marianne Moore’s editorial role at The Dial magazine. She has recently published work in the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies and is currently writing a monograph, Modernism Edited: Marianne Moore and The Dial Magazine. Dr Water’s recent monograph on Feminism and Popular Culture: Investigating the Postfeminist Mystique together with her research on women’s poetry, film and the suburban gothic make a significant contribution to our understanding of the relation between contemporary feminism and the media.

Women: A Cultural Review is a peer reviewed journal with an international reputation as one of the leading academic publications in women’s writing, culture and feminist theory. This special issue will showcase current work on feminist periodical culture, enhance and extend work already taking place in this vibrant research area and develop new methodologies for the study of the material history of the Women’s Liberation Movement.

We are looking for articles of between 4,000 and 5,000 words on any aspect of British feminist periodical culture in the twentieth century. Articles may focus on one particular periodical or may consider the dialogic relations between periodicals. Alternatively, we welcome more wide ranging discussions of the particular methodological challenges of research on feminist print culture as it relates to debates taking place across the disciplines of history, literature and media studies. Discussions of readers’ letters, of the role played by particular editors or authors, of the relation between writing and activism, of periodical networks, advertising, the relation between feminist print culture and the public or counter-public sphere would also be welcome.

For further details, please contact:

Victoria Bazin

The Brigid Brophy Anniversary Conference

The Brigid Brophy Anniversary Conference

9 – 10 October 2015

Avenue Campus, St. George’s Avenue, The University of Northampton

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the death of Brigid Antonia Brophy (1929-1995), and the fiftieth anniversary of her article ‘The Rights of Animals’, published in The Sunday Times on 10th October 1965, the School of The Arts at the University of Northampton is delighted to announce a two-day international conference to celebrate all aspects of Brophy’s literary career, as well as her leading contributions to animal rights, vegetarianism, anti-vivisectionism, humanism, feminism and her advocacy of the Public Lending Right.

Professor Philip Hensher (Bath Spa University)
Dr Richard Ryder (anti-speciesism campaigner)
Peter Parker (biographer and author)
Dr Carole Ann Sweeney (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Professor Michael Bronski (Harvard University, USA)
Professor Gary L. Francione (Rutgers University, USA)
Dr Robert McKay (University of Sheffield)
Kate Levey (daughter of Brigid Brophy).

For more information, please e-mail: To keep updated with this event and to book a place through the online store, visit ( )

A conversation with Caroline Criado-Perez OBE


A conversation with Caroline Criado-Perez OBE

Hosted by the Gender and Society Research Hub, Northumbria University


Caroline Criado-Perez is a freelance journalist, broadcaster and feminist campaigner. She is co-founder of The Women’s Room, a database of women experts set up to counter the small number of women selected to appear in the media as experts. In 2013, Caroline led a successful campaign for the Bank of England to keep a woman on English banknotes, resulting in the Bank changing its selection processes.  Both of these campaigns attest to the power of social media as a tool for social change.  The onslaught of abuse Caroline was subjected to, as a woman speaking out on feminist issues, highlighted the violence – physical and symbolic – that women face for being women every day, demonstrating the ongoing necessity of feminist work.

Caroline won the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year Award in 2013 and featured in The Independent on Sunday’s ‘Happy List’ that same year.  Her first book, Do It Like A Woman…. And Change the World, was published by Portobello Books in May 2015 and comprises inspirational accounts of women pioneers from around the world.  In June 2015 Caroline was appointed OBE for her services to Equality and Diversity particularly in the media.  In response to congratulations regarding the OBE on Twitter, she tweeted “We’re taking feminism all the way to the queen”.

Event Details:

Monday 12th October 2015

6.30-7.30pm (drinks from 6pm)

City Campus East, Business and Law Building, Northumbria University
(No. 17 on the City Campus map available to download here:

This is a FREE public event but please RESERVE YOUR PLACE HERE:

For enquiries please contact:

Dr Julie Scanlon

Senior Lecturer in English Literature
Dept of Humanities
Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

Lipman 406
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
T: 0191 2437327

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ESSE 2016 Panel on Literature and Medical Discourse in 20th and 21st Centuries.


ESSE 2016, Galway, 22nd – 26th August

Further details of ESSE at

CFP: In her 1930 essay ‘On Being Ill’ Woolf noted how “strange” it was “that illness ha[d] not taken its place with love and battle and jealousy among the prime themes of literature.” Does  Woolf’s comment still hold? A number of scholars have recently explored the symbolic value of illness in literature but how far can or should literature go beyond metaphor in representing the experience of illness? How far does Rita Charon’s concept of ‘narrative medicine’ capture the distinctiveness of literature as an alternative to medical discourse? We invite papers on the interconnections between literature and medical discourse in 20th and 21st century British literature.


Dr. Nicolas Pierre Boileau EA853, LERMA
Faculté des lettres, Université d’Aix-Marseille
29 avenue R. Schuman 13161 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1 France

Professor Clare Hanson
Faculty of Humanities
, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus 
SO17 1BJ 
United Kingdom

23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work


23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work
5-6 April 2016
METU Culture and Convention Centre
Ankara, Turkey

Department of Foreign Language Education,
Middle East Technical University,
Ankara, Turkey

Contact person: Asst. Prof. Dr. Dürrin Alpakın Martinez-Caro
Contact email:

“23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christieand Her Work” is a two-day conference organized by the Department of Foreign Language Education, Middle East Technical University, 5-6 April 2016. We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of Agatha Christie’s life and work.

We encourage submissions from a variety of disciplines, theoretical perspectives and genres. Comparative approaches focusing on the work of Agatha Christie within contexts such as media, performance and adaptation studies are also welcome.

Possible themes include, but are by no means limited to:
— Genre studies and crime fiction
— Agatha Christie and non-fiction (autobiography, travel writing, etc.)
— Agatha Christie in the Turkish context
— Agatha Christie and world literature
— Agatha Christie and feminism
— Agatha Christie and translation studies
— Theatre, film, radio, TV adaptations of Christie’s fiction
— Agatha Christie’s influence on other crime fiction writers
— Teaching Christie’s fiction

Please email an abstract of 250 words with 4-5 keywords and a short academic bio to by 1 December 2015.
Please include your name, institutional affiliation and contact information (e-mail and postal address) in your submission.

Further information about the conference and its venue can be found at

Special issue of Journal of Gender Studies: Feminism, Academia, Austerity


In September 2012, a conference at the University of Nottingham was dedicated to an exploration of the effects of austerity on gender in academia. The conference was co-organised between the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association (CWWA) and the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA).

The conference organisers, Dr Helen Davies and Dr Claire O’Callaghan are pleased to announce that a special issue of the Journal of Gender Studies has been published based on a selection of papers offered and delivered by delegates and other contributors. The special issue can be accessed online

Launch of AHRC-funded Collaborative Skills Development Programme: CWWSkills

Attention all Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career Researchers:

Announcing the launch of a new AHRC-funded Collaborative Skills Development Programme, tailor made for those researching in any area of Contemporary Women’s Writing!!

The CWWSkills Programme comprises 6 training workshops held at different locations in the UK between 31st August, 2013 and 12th July 2014. Its aim is to fill the perceived skills gap between academic research and an increasingly competitive employment market, within and beyond Higher Education. Please access the programme of events and online application form at

The CWWSkills programme is free of charge and reasonable travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed. Please note that places are limited and the application process is selective, based on the quality of the content you input onto the form. The window for receipt of applications closes on 21 June 2013. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in early July 2013.

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Funding News: Leeds Metropolitan University Support CWWA

The CWWA is pleased to announce that Leeds Metropolitan University has agreed to generously support the work of the Association in 2013. Leeds Metropolitan University will host a timely event focusing on contemporary women’s writing and literary prizes and the inaugural CWWA lecture.

As our members will appreciate, this is difficult time for funding across the Higher Education sector. We are pleased that we are able to continue our fruitful association with Leeds Metropolitan University and to continue to benefit our peers in the field.