Exeter Central Library
West of England & South Wales Women’s History Network 30th Annual Conference
Women and the Natural World: Historical Perspectives on Nature, Climate and Environmental Change
Saturday 30 September 2023
9.45 am | Registration from
10.10 am| Welcome and Keynote Speaker
Professor Nicola Whyte, University of Exeter:
‘Landscape, Memory and the Life-course in the Travel Writing of Celia Fiennes’
10.55 am| Coffee Break
11.20 am | Panel 1: Women and the Rural Environment
Alice Burns, University of Liverpool:
‘Thinking, as I often do in travelling, of Shibden & alterations there – planting – making a road traversing along Bairstow’: Anne Lister and the Gardens of Shibden Hall.
Sarah Carter, University of Alberta:
Rural Life on a Scottish Country Estate in the Photographs of Lady Henrietta Gilmour, 1890s- 1910s.
Cathryn McWilliams, University of South-Eastern Norway:
‘Of course the good naturalist must be a lady:’ (Un)earthing K.C.M.’s ‘Land and Water’.
12.40 pm | Lunch Break
1.40 pm | Panel 2: Ecofeminism and Women’s Activism
Zozan Cetin, Independent scholar/writer:
When Environmental History and Women’s History Intersect: Looking at 20th Century Britain Press with Ecofeminist Philosophy.
Charlotte Oakes, University of St Andrews:
Chernobyl: a reference point in a study of East German ecofeminism 1969-1989.
Oyeshi Ganguly, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, and Shriya Dasgupta, Pondicherry University, India, Jal, Jangal, Zameen:
Locating the Indian Adivasi Women in South Asian Eco-literature.
3.00 pm | Tea Break
3.25 pm | Panel 3: Natural Science, Education and Community Action
Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi, Bath Spa University:
Women’s ‘mimic oceans’: Victorian popular science, the marine aquarium and living souvenirs.
Tony Pratt, Wiltshire College and University Centre, Lackham:
Petit cultur in fin de siècle England: Women, Horticulture and Land-based education.
Naomi Oakley, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre:
Women and Community: From Archives to Action.
4.45 pm | Conference ends
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