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Call for Proposals & Registration - Women and Education in the Long Eighteenth Century Workshop at Glasgow Women's Library

By Admin on 11-08-2016

Women's Education in the Long Eighteenth Century, One Day Workshop

8th September 2016

Glasgow Women's Library

Women’s Education in the Long 18th Century study day will take place at Glasgow Women’s Library on 8th September, and includes a day of keynote talks, discussions, musical performances devoted to female composers and performers, and also seeks proposals of 10 minute presentations.

Women made many valuable contributions to education in the long 18th century including, working as teachers, governesses and instructing their younger siblings. Key components of their education included the arts, particularly but not limited to music. The Women and Education in the Long 18th Century workshop aims to bring together researchers and artists who work in this broad but important subject, spanning several topics including gender history, music, theatre, dance, literature, and education. Confirmed speakers include Kirsteen McCue, (University of Glasgow), Mark Towsey, (University of Liverpool), Katrina Faulds, and Penelope Cave (University of Southampton). The day will also include musical performances featuring music played and composed by and for eighteenth-century women.

More information about the workshop, and bookings, will be made available later this summer, and you can also find further details on the project website.

Call for Proposals:
If you would like to submit an abstract, please read the project’s Call for Proposals. This call will close on the 8th July at 5pm.

The purpose of the workshop is to create dialogue and collaboration resulting in an edited volume and/or special issue of a journal, and will encourage discussion between contributors for collaboration on further grant applications.

Areas the network might address include:

Music – pedagogy – engagement with teaching – experience of learning – family – women’s roles – women and study – traditional values – images and narratives of study – performance – institutional learning – private education – influential women – men’s influence on women’s education – women’s influence on men’s education – changing cultural dynamics – history and re-writing history – historiography.

Full details of the Call for Proposals, and submission information, are available in the Call for Proposals document. If you have any questions, please contact arts-welec@glasgow.ac.uk

Registration is also now open. This will be a free ticketed event, so please sign up for a space via Eventbrite:


For more information, see http://womenslibrary.org.uk/2016/06/07/call-for-proposals-womens-education-in-the-long-18th-century/
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Bluestocking Circle

The Bluestocking Circle was a group of writers, artists and thinkers who met in the London homes of Elizabeth Montagu, Elizabeth Vesey and Frances Boscawen. These fashionable hostesses invented a new kind of informal sociability and nurtured a sense of intellectual community. The term "bluestocking" evolved from the scholar Benjamin Stillingfleet's decision to abandon formal evening dress and obey Vesey's call to "Come in your blue stockings." Guests included the leading literary, political and cultural figures of the day, including Elizabeth Carter, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, David and Eva Garrick and later Hannah More and Frances Burney.

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