Women, law and disorder -Call for Papers

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pen writing on an envelope.Queen’s University Belfast

6th-7th March 2015

Dependents, delinquents, rebels, citizens, soldiers, suffragettes, lawmakers – women have historically occupied a variety of roles in relation to the law. The 2015 Women’s History Conference, in celebration of International Women’s Day, seeks to examine the multi-faceted nature of women’s relationship with the law from ancient to modern times. It will explore the ways in which governments and institutions have recognised, restricted and engaged their female citizens, as well as the ways that women have worked within, challenged and shaped the law.

We welcome papers from a range of disciplines which explore the theme either through bibliographical studies or in a more thematic manner. Abstracts from postgraduate and early career researchers are welcome. You are invited to submit abstracts of papers related to this topic which could include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

Political activism

Military involvement

Resistance movements


Women in state institutions

Women and crime

Legislation affecting women

Women employed by the ‘state’

Abstracts of 200-300 words for a 20 minute paper should be submitted by 31st January 2015 along with the proposed title, a short bibliography (100 words max.) and contact details to Eliza McKee at iwdconference2015@gmail.com.

Conference Organisers: Eliza McKee, Chelsea Brownlee, Devin Sizer, Martha Dalton and Christina Wade


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