Singularity and Solidarity: Networks of Women at the LSE, 1895 – 1945

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Date / time: 16 March, 10:30 am - 7:00 pm

London School of Economics

Singularity and Solidarity: Networks of Women at the LSE, 1895 - 1945

This one-day seminar to be held in Women’s History Week, March 2018, is planned to initiate the discussion of the ways in which women at LSE experienced life at this institution from the first years of its foundation to the second decade of the twenty first century. 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 overall perception of working in 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 seminar. Speakers will include students and academic and administrative staff from a number of UK universities. It is hoped that the work of this seminar will lead to further work on the part that women played in the making of the LSE.

10.30am – 6pm Seminar

Panel 1: Women at the LSE: Making Presence Visible

Archivists Sue Donnelly and Gillian Murphy on 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 Tim Stretton on Alice Clark, Jane Martin on Lilian Knowles, Rozemarijn van de Wal on Eileen Power.

Panel 3: Networks

Kate Murphy on the BBC, and Patricia Owen on international relations.

Panel 4: Postgraduate reflection

Postgraduate students from different disciplines comment on the visibility of women in their disciplines, both as teachers and as subjects in the curriculum.

6pm onwards Performance

In the evening there will be a performance of Mrs Shaw Herself, a play about Charlotte Payne-Townshend Shaw, an early significant donor and supporter of the School.

Please contact Aura Lehtonen ( in order to register.