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The University of Reading’s History Department Gender Research Cluster is pleased to invite proposals for our inaugural postgraduate conference, to be held at the University of Reading, on Wednesday 24th October 2018.

This conference will provide the opportunity for post-graduate historians who engage with gender to showcase work-in-progress papers, and will also highlight research being conducted within the University of Reading’s History Department. The primary aim of this event is to forge cross-institutional networking opportunities for PGRs in the field of gender history and to offer presenters focused feedback on their research projects from informed discussions with participants. This is why there will be an emphasis on work-in-progress papers, and no registration fees for attendees. The Keynote speaker for 2018 will be our own Dr Heike Schmidt, author of “Shaming Men, Performing Power: Female Authority in Zimbabwe and Tanzania on the Eve of Colonial Rule”, who will open the day with a talk on the current status of the history of gender in the UK.

The organising committee would like to invite paper proposals on any aspect of the history of gender. Papers will be no more than 10 minutes, with the expectation that presenters will use this time to introduce particular questions they are grappling with, sources that have proven problematic, or issues that would benefit from the input of scholars with different specialisms. Breakout discussions will follow presentations.

The organising committee also welcomes proposals for creative presentations. Whilst the traditional research poster is welcome, we also encourage scholars who wish to present in other creative ways – videos, photography, or zines, for example – to apply.

Please send a brief CV and a summary of the proposed paper or presentation (no more than 250 words) to readinggenderhistorypgr@gmail.com by Friday 3rd August, 2018.

Please note that, in the spirit of fostering networks between postgraduate students and building a dialogue around the future of the study of histories of gender in the UK, travel costs will be covered for all presenters (from within the UK, standard class rail travel only).

The organisers would like to express their gratitude to the Women’s History Network and the Royal Historical Society for awarding us funding to make this conference possible.