Gender Through the Ages: Growing Up and Growing Old
1st May 2014
Department of History, University of Nottingham
The experience of gender in various historical contexts was punctuated by life cycle stages and age-specific experiences. From childhood and education to marriage, old age and death, studying the lives of men and women at different ages reveals much about the way that gender identities were constructed. The aim of this conference is to bring together historians researching gender across chronological boundaries to explore the ways in which it interacted with and was defined by age, while also enabling interrogation of traditional notions of periodisation.
We welcome interdisciplinary approaches as well as those that question the applicability of the life cycle model as a structural force. We particularly invite contributions from postgraduate students and early career researchers.
Possible themes may include:
• Childhood, adolescence, middle age and old age
• Romance, courtship and relationships
• Work and the life cycle
• Education across the ages
• The regulation of aging
• Narratives of the life cycle
Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof Lynn Abrams, University of Glasgow.
The conference will be free to attend. There will be limited travel bursaries available for postgraduate students. We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers (maximum 250 words) or for panels of 3 papers. Please send proposals to Emma Lautman (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Teresa Phipps (email@example.com) by 7th February 2014.
On 2nd May we will be holding a postgraduate workshop addressing the themes of the conference with the keynote speaker. Please express interest in attending this to the organisers. More details to follow.