Single Women in History: 1000-2000

Programme

Supported by Women's History Network,  the British Academy and the Economic History Society

Friday June 23rd

Registration from 9.am. The Link

 

10.00. The Chapel Lecture Theatre

Welcome by Sir Howard Newby, Vice Chancellor of the University of the  West of England

1st Plenary session  Chair June Hannam

Katherine Holden, University of the West of England,
The shadow of marriage: defining the single in twentieth century Britain

11.00  Coffee Main Building  M30

Parallel Sessions – all start at 11.30 am

Strand 1, Work/Migration

Gender, Work and Marital Status  Main Building M29

Chair: Raingard Esser, University of the West of England,

Valerie Hall, Peace College, North Carolina, USA Single Women in Farming and Inshore Fishing Communities in Northumberland, England, 1870-1939

Deborah Simonton University of Southern Denmark: ‘Doing it for themselves: negotiating the commercial world in eighteenth-century towns’

Moira Martin, University of the West of England, Single Women in unpaid social and philanthropic work in late 19th and early  20th century England
 

Strand 2 Family/Sexuality

Single Women and Demography  Main Building M9

Chair: Fiona Reid, University of Glamorgan

Kathrin Levitan,  University of Chicago, USA, Redundancy, the “Surplus Woman” Problem, and the British Census, 1851-1861

Andrew Hobbs, Preston, UK, It doesn’t add up: Myths and measurement problems of births to single women in Blackpool, 1931-1971
 

Christine Jones, University of Essex, UK,   Those whom God hath not joined: a study of single women and men in 19th century England

Strand 3 Politics/Social Action

Single Women’s Networks Main Building, M33

Chair: Ursula Masson, University of Glamorgan

Karen Phoenix, University of Illinois, USA, A Global Network of Single Women (This paper will be read by Sarah Toulalan, University of Exeter)

Linda Marz, American University of Paris, France, Faith in a Single Network: Emmeline Pethick, Mary Neal and the West London Mission
 

Lee Chambers, University of Colorado, Singlehood, Sibship, and Sororiality: Challenging the “Rule of the Brother” in Nineteenth-Century America

Strand 4 Cultural Representations

 
Images of Single Women in Journalism and Parliament
  Main Building M14

Chair: June Hannam, University of the West of England

Fiona Hackney, Falmouth University College, UK “That Dangerous Modern Problem”: Single Girls and Working Women in Commercial Women’s Magazines in the Inter-War Years

Martine Stirling, University of Nantes, France Images of Spinsters in British Parliamentary Debates during the Interwar Years

Erika Flahault, University of Maine-Le Mans, France, The perception of the press on "single women" in France from 1900 to date

 1.00 Lunch Traders Cafe Bar

Parallel Sessions – all start at 2.00 pm

Strand 1: Work/Migration

Wealth, Property and Enterprise Main Building M9

Chair: Moira Martin, University of the West of England

Jill Powlett Brown,
University of Edinburgh, UK A Unique Concentration: Single women living and Working in an Edinburgh Suburb

Stephanie Wyse, Kings College, London, UK Gender, Wealth and Margins of Empire: Wealth of urban New Zealand Spinster and Widows, c1890-1950

Deborah Wilson, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK Single women and property in the Irish Wealthy landed class 1750-1850 

Strand 2: Family/Sexuality

Single Motherhood  Main Building M29

Chair: Katherine Holden, University of the West of England

Tanya Evans, Centre for Contemporary British History, University of London, UK, Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth-Century Britain

Offra Koffman, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK, From unmarried mothers to teenage pregnancy?: social scientific literature in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s.

Alyson Henley-Einion, University of the West of England, UK, Doing what was best for the baby: dimensions of single motherhood through three generations

Strand 3: Politics/Social Action

Single Women and Political Action Main Building M 33

Ursula Masson, University of Glamorgan

June Hannam, University of the West of England, UK, “Married to the Labour Party”, single women and British Labour politics between the wars.
 

Jane Howells, Salisbury, UK, Sister of the More Famous Henry

Tricia Franzen, Albion College, Michigan, USA, The Rev. Dr. Anna Howard Shaw and US Womanhood

Strand 4: Cultural Representations

Single Women and Fiction Main Building M 14

Chair: Fiona Reid, University of Glamorgan

Stephanie Oppenheim, The City University of New York, USA, Spinsterhood and the 18th- and 19th-Century British Woman Writer

Estella Tincknell, University of the West of England, UK, Jane or Prudence? Barbara Pym’s single women, female fulfilment and career choices in the age of marriage. 

Sonya Tiernan, University College Dublin, Ireland, Engagements Dissolved; Eva Gore-Booth, Urania and the Challenge to Marriage. 


3.30 Tea Main Building M30

Parallel Sessions – all start at 4.00 pm

Strand 1 Work/Employment

Lone Women and Independence Main Building M33

Chair: Madge Dresser, University of the West of England

Melanie Gustafson, University of Vermont,  Harriet Hubbard Ayer’s New York Career in Face Creams, Tonics and Advice to Women and Men.

Angela Leonard, Loyola College in Maryland,  Black Women in "Juke Joints"

Orsolya Kereszty, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, Promoting women’s education both practically and theoretically: The life and works of Antonina De Gerando

 Strand 2 Family/Sexuality

Single Women and Social Deviance  Main Building M29

Chair: Moira Martin University of the West of England

Gillian Swanson, University of the West of England, UK, The gratification of the Moment...the Limit of their Mental Horizon: Eugenics, Psychology and the ‘Problem Girl’

Cliona Rattigan, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Being a single girl I was afraid of the disgrace: single women and Infanticide in Britain and Ireland 1922-1949

Antje Kampf ,   Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany,  “A little World of your own”: singleness, gender and contact tracing venereal disease cases in  20th century New Zealand

Strand 5 Conceptualising Marital Status

Spinsterhood in Differing Cultural Contexts Main Building M14

Chair: Katherine Holden, University of the West of England

Roona Simpson, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh, Accounting for Spinsterhood: Changing Discourses around Partnership and Parental Status

Arja Mäkinen University of Tampere, Finland, Spinsters, city singles, sad losers and maybe lesbians  

Sheila Wright, University of York, UK, Status and being a Single Woman in the Society of Friends – 1750-1850

Strand 6 Religion/Spirituality

Single Women and Medieval Mysticism  Main Building M9

Chair: Virginina Bainbridge, Editor, Wiltshire Victoria County History

Anita Higgie, Catholic University of Paris, France, Medieval Mystics: a wife’s affective piety in the shadow of an Anchoresses’ intellectual response

Frances Beer, York University, Ontario, Canada, Radical Mystics: Hildegard, Mechtild, Julian and the power of being single

Sophia Lucia Deboick, London, UK  ‘…all man…is synfull…of which man I am a member’ – Julian of Norwich, Sin, Singleness and Socialisation

5.45- 6.15 AGM of the West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network

Main Building M29

 6.30 Reception The BOX (enter through Traders cafe Bar)

7pm  Documentary film: The Misses Autti at the Window by Mervi Autti  The Chapel Lecture Theatre

Information about the film

7.45 Dinner Traders Cafe Bar

Saturday June  24th

Registration from 9am  The Link

10.00  Second Plenary Session The Chapel Lecture Theatre

Chair: Elaine Chalus, Bath Spa University,

Amy Froide, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, USA, The Spinster and the Old Maid: Representations of Never-Married Women in Early Modern England

11.00 Coffee Main Building M30

Parallel Sessions – all start at 11.30 am

Strand 1 Work/Migration

Single Women, Work and Migration Main Building M29

Chair: June Hannam, University of the West of England

Jennifer Redmond, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Sinful Singleness?: The morally problematic emigration of single Irish Women, 1922-1948

Mary Muldowney, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Wartime Adventurers?: Single Irish Women and War Work in Britain, 1939-1945

Strand 2 Family/Sexuality

Single Women and Witchcraft Main Building M9

Chair: Peter Fleming, University of the West of England

Martha C. Skeeters, University of Oklahoma, USA, Single Mothers Surviving:  Evidence from early modern English Witchcraft Cases

Linda McGuire, The Solitary Old Woman: Images of Danger and Persecution

Strand 4 Cultural Representation

 
Single women and the Visual
Arts  Main Building M14

Chair: Fiona Reid, University of Glamorgan
 

Midori Green, University of Minnesota, USA, The Noir Secretary

Mervi Autti, University of Lapland, Finland, The Misses Autti’s 1920: A Gaze at the Northern Modern through Photography

Sue Lovell, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia, Vida Lahey, art and self-representation 

 Strand 5 Conceptualising Marital Status

Using Marital Status as an Analytic Category Main Building M33

Chair: Amy Froide, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, USA

Hanne Marie Johansen, University of Bergen, Norway, Divorced women’s status and rights as “social widows” - The example of Norway - 17th and 18th century.”

Catherine Dollard, Denison University, Ohio, USA, Fraulein oder Frau: German Women between Marriage. Work and War 1850-1919

Jenea Tallentire,  University of British Columbia, Canada, Thinking through marital status as a category of analysis

1.00 Lunch Traders Cafe Bar

Parallel Sessions – all start at 2.00 pm 

Strand 2 Family/Sexuality

Women’s Friendships and Intimate Relationships Main Building M29

Chair: June Hannam, University of the West of England
 

Amanda Harris, University of New South Wales, Australia, Music versus marriage: Women composers at the turn of the twentieth century.

Erin Gill, University of Wales Aberystwyth, UK Careful how you classify her: Lady Eve Balfour women’s single status.

 

Strand 5: Conceptualising Marital Status

Marital Status and the Law  Main Building M33

Chair: Sarah Toulalan, University of Exeter

Elaine Chalus, Bath Spa University, UK ‘She was universally reputed, received and acted as a single woman’: perceptions of the legally single woman in the eighteenth century

Cordelia Beattie, University of Edinburgh, UK, Medieval Single Women: Categorizing Women in Late Medieval England.

Strand 6: Religion/Spirituality

Single Women, Celibacy and Prostitution   Main Building M9

Chair: Moira Martin University of the West of England

Mytheli Sreenivas, The Ohio State University, UK, Between divine marriage and mundane prostitution: Devadasis and categories of singleness in late colonial India

Priyadarshini Vijaisri, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India.

The Myth of the Consecrated Virgin: Defining Single women in Hindu Regional Tradition

Tsvetana Boncheva, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria  Regarding the Problem of Women’s Religious Celibacy among the Bulgarian Catholics in Plovdiv Region during the First Half of the 20th Century

3.30 Tea Main Building M30

4.00 Third Plenary Session:  Singleness Studies: The Way Ahead Main Building M33

Chair: June Hannam, University of the West of England

Closing discussion led by Anne Byrne, National University of Galway, Ireland, preceded by a short paper: Creating Dana: Single women look back, look forwards

5pm conference ends