2015 Symposium

Australian Women’s History Network Symposium 2015

Good and Mad Women: Histories of gender, then and now

Good and Mad Women

Good and Mad Women: Histories of gender, then and now.

Just over three decades ago, Jill Julius Matthews published Good and Mad Women: The historical construction of femininity in twentieth century Australia (1984), her path-breaking feminist history. This important book pre-dated Joan W. Scott’s proclamation of gender as a ‘useful category of historical analysis’ (1986) and continues to be influential. The Australian Women’s History Network celebrates the book’s anniversary with a symposium dedicated to historicising gender and gendering historiography. The symposium  – to be held at the University of Sydney on Wednesday July 8 2015 as part of the Australian Historical Association Conference – will open with a keynote address by Professor Jill Matthews and conclude with the launch of the 2015 edition of Lilith: A Feminist History Journal. Throughout the day, established and emerging historians will showcase their research across six panels: feminist historiographies, twentieth century femininities, gender and politics, love and law in the colonial archive, embodied histories and new histories of Women’s Liberation. Speakers include Jane Carey, Tanya Evans, Victoria Haskins, Catherine Kevin, Vera Mackie, Penny Russell and Christina Twomey.

Everyone who attends the symposium is invited to a reception in honour of Professor Ann Curthoys in the evening, followed by her keynote address to the AHA Conference. The Australian Women’s History Network will then sojourn to a nearby restaurant for dinner.

More details to follow soon.

The symposium convenor is Zora Simic and she can be contacted at z.simic@unsw.edu.au for further details.

As the symposium is part of the Australian Historical Association conference, if you wish to attend you register via the AHA. They offer day rates and whole conference rates and early bird registration has been extended until May 17.

Further details can be found here: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/history/aha2015/registration.shtml