Singularity and Solidarity: Networks of Women at the LSE, 1895 – 1945 – deadline 15 December 2017

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Date / time
Date(s) - 16 March
10:30 am - 6:00 pm

London School of Economics


Call for panellists

This workshop will initiate the discussion of women studying and working at the LSE from its foundation in 1895 to 1945, including reflection on how women are represented in the curricula today. We shall explore the location and the contribution made by women across professional and disciplinary boundaries, the ways in which women enlarged and defined their various areas of expertise and women’s perception of an institution so profoundly engaged with the ‘real’ world and yet at times so little representative of it. Questions of subject matter, engagement with academic governance and links to outside institutions all form part of the concerns of this initial workshop. We plan to develop further work on the part that women played in the making of the LSE, and an annual workshop in the future. We invite postgraduate and postdoctoral scholars to contribute to two panels in particular, ‘Women at the LSE’ on the archives, and ‘Making Women Visible’ on the curricula across disciplines.

Provisional Programme

Panel 1: Women at the LSE: Making Presence Visible

This session will examine the ways in which research on women at the LSE has been and can be conducted. Speakers include Sue Donnelly, Gillian Murphy. This session will address both resources for archival research and how to establish what is obscured or missing from what is construed as the record of public events and decision-making procedures.

Panel 2: Early Economic Historians

Speakers include Prof. Tim Stretton on Alice Clark, Prof. Jane Martin on Lilian Knowles, Rozmarijn van de Wal on Eileen Power, Prof. Pat Hudson on Caroline Skeel. The speakers will focus on the prominence of women in the origins of the field of economic history and the patterns that led to gendered discrimination and exclusion over time.

Panel 3: Networks

This session looks at the way women at LSE both formed and resisted networks organised both on the basis of gender and around specific politics and policies. Speakers include Kate Murphy on the BBC, and Patricia Owen on international relations.Panel 4: Making Women Visible

In the final session a panel of postgraduate students from different disciplines will reflect on the visibility of women in their disciplines, both as teachers and as subjects in the curriculum.

Evening Performance of ‘Mrs Shaw Herself’, a play about Charlotte Payne-Townshend Shaw, an early significant donor and supporter of the School.


Expressions of interest should be sent to  either Dr Amy Erickson or Professor Mary Evans  by 15 December 2017