The GPM team have held conferences in 2015 and 2018, in addition to the regular seminar series. These were:

  • 2018: Women’s Negotiations of Space 1500-1900
  • 2015: Women, Land and the Making of the British Landscape, 1300-1900


2018 ‘Women’s Negotiations of Space 1500-1900’ conference

The Women’s Negotiations of Space conference was held at the University of Hull on 18th January 2018.

Our 2018 conference is now fast approaching and we’re looking forward to welcoming delegates and speakers to the University of Hull on Thursday 18th January. The conference is organised by some of the terrific students in the GPM cluster and sponsored by the Women’s History Network and the University of Hull. You can download the Women’s negotiations of space programme.docm and book to attend the conference here. Follow the @women_and_land and @womenspaces18 handles for live updates on the day.



2015 ‘Women, Land and the Making of the British Landscape, 1300-1900’ conference

The ‘Women, Land and the Making of the British Landscape, 1300-1900’ conference took place at the University of Hull on 29th-30th June 2015. The programme is reproduced below and a report of the conference is available here.

Women, land and the making of the British Landscape, 1300-1900

A two-day interdisciplinary conference

29th-30th June 2015, University of Hull

Sponsored by the University of Hull and the Arts & Humanities Research Council

Provisional programme

Monday 29th June 2015

Hull Business School, Nidd Building, seminar room 1

9:00        Registration, coffee & welcome

9:15        Session 1: The medieval landscape

Sheila Sweetinburgh (University of Kent) Religious women in the landscape: their roles in medieval Canterbury and its hinterland

Miriam Muller (University of Birmingham) Women in the medieval landscape: space, work and gender

Elizabeth Salter (University of Hull) Hull’s Medieval Lives c1400-1550

10:45     Coffee

11:00     Session 2: Early modern women

Jessica Malay (University of Huddersfield) Becoming Anne Clifford: encounters in text and place

Amanda Capern (University of Hull) Landscape and female sensibility in early modern England

Jane Whittle (University of Exeter) Women and farming in early modern England, c. 1550-1700

Amanda Flather (University of Essex) Women, work and land: the spatial dynamics of gender relations in early modern England 1550-1750

12:45     Lunch

13:45     Session 3: Women & landholding

Judith Spicksley (University of York) Spinsters with land in seventeenth-century England

Jennifer Holt (independent scholar) Tenantright, and the possession of land by women in northern England

Joan Heggie (Teesside University) Exploring women’s involvement with property in the North Riding of Yorkshire in the 18th and 19th centuries: a pilot study using the Register of Deeds

Janet Casson (independent scholar) Women and property reconsidered: new evidence on the ownership of land by women during the nineteenth century

15:45     Sophie Gerrard, Drawn to the Land: Women Working the Scottish Landscape (an exhibition).

16:15     Afternoon tea

17:15     Session 4: Keynote

Anne Laurence (Open University) Women, land and these islands 1550-1750

18:15     Drinks reception, followed by conference dinner

Tuesday 30th June 2015

Hull Business School, Derwent Building, Seminar Room 5

9:00        Session 5: Property, landscape, gender

Elizabeth Griffiths (University of Exeter) The life and legacy of Alice le Strange

Jon Stobart (Manchester Metropolitan University) From magnificent houses to disagreeable country: Lady Sophia Newdigate’s tour of Southern England, 1748

Briony McDonagh (University of Hull) Beyond the (park) pale: gender and landscape in Georgian England

Åsa Klintborg Ahlklo (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) How does your garden grow?

10:45     Coffee

11:15     Session 6: PhD round-table

Ann-Maria Walsh (University College Dublin) The Boyle women and their relationship with ‘this bleeding and well neere ruined Commonwealth’

Helena Kaznowska (University of Oxford) ‘She builds it with her hands, and beares it up by her shoulders’: metaphor and the making of the early modern home

Charlotte Garside (University of Hull) Property Rights of Yorkshire Women in the Court of Chancery, 1680-1700

Fern Pullan (Leeds Beckett University) ‘Marriage had bastilled me for life’: the propertied woman as property in the novels of Richardson, Wollstonecraft and Collins

Erin Trahey (University of Cambridge) Elizabeth Virgo Scarlett: a Jamaican female absentee proprietor, plantation management and the British Atlantic economy

13:15     Lunch

14:15     Session 7: Modern perspectives

Sarah Carter (University of Alberta) Imperial plots: British women, land and agriculture in Prairie Canada 1870s-1914

Janet Smith (independent historian) Reshaping the landscape: Helen Taylor’s campaign for land nationalisation in Great Britain and Ireland 1880-1907

Nicola Verdon (Sheffield Hallam University) ‘The work is grand and the life is just what I have always longed for’: British women’s experiences of working on the land in the Great War

Catherine Flinn Goldie (Bodleian Library) British planning: the significance of Evelyn Sharp

16:00     Coffee & cake

16:30     Session 8: Keynote

Amy Erickson (University of Cambridge) Rethinking the significance of inheritance and marriage in landholding

17:30     Concluding comments and end of conference

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