Reminder: WSG November seminar 2016

WSG’s second seminar of the academic year takes place in a little over a week at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ, starting promptly at 1pm and finishing at 4pm.  Doors open at 12.30. Directions for getting to the Museum can be found here.  All seminars are free and open to the public, though refreshments will cost £2 to those who aren’t WSG members.  Those attending the seminars are welcome to look round the museum afterwards.

For the November session organiser Carolyn Williams has put together talks on texts, images and objects and the strong emotions they provoke…

Saturday 19th November, 2016. Chair: TBC
Valerie SchutteCelebrating the 500th Birthday of Queen Mary I in Manuscript Images.
Emma NewportInterplay and Interpretation: Lady Banks’s “Dairy Book” and the collection and collation of Chinese Porcelain.
Chrisy Dennis“We were born to grace society: but not to be its slaves”: Chivalry and Revolution in Mary Robinson’s Hubert de Sevrac, A Romance of the Eighteenth Century (1796).

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The Women’s Studies Group website has moved home!

As part of our ongoing development, the Women’s Studies Group website has moved to a different home where we will be able to bring you some great new features!  We’ve migrated all of the wonderful blog contributions, so you can still catch up on all our previous news.

The new address is virtually identical – we’ve just dropped the final .uk to become www.womensstudiesgroup.org.  Please change your bookmarks / favourites accordingly.

If you’re visiting to find out more about our bursary opportunity, you can find all the information you need here (you will be redirected to our new web address).

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Julie Peakman’s new book: Amatory Pleasures

Julie Peakman, front cover, Amatory Pleasures (Bloomsbury, 2016)

Julie Peakman, front cover, Amatory Pleasures (Bloomsbury, 2016)

WSG is pleased to announce the publication of member Julie Peakman’s latest book, Amatory Pleasures: Explorations in Eighteenth-Century Sexual Culture (Bloomsbury, 2016), which I can already feel might make a few more adventurous scholarly types’ Christmas stockings come 25th December.  It examines a broad range of sexual activity, from the “respectable” to the covert, and is available in hardback at £65 and paperback at £19.99.

Julie has previously edited the encyclopaedic A Cultural History of Sexuality, also published by Bloomsbury (2010), and Peg Plunkett: Memoirs of a Whore (Quercus, 2015).

For Julie’s new book, Bloomsbury have kindly offered WSG members 20% off.  If you think you’d like to hear more talks on cultural history, and get similar news and offers like this via email, you might consider coming to one of WSG’s seminars this year or becoming a member of the group.  Readers of this post might also enjoy the Notches blog, which posts regular articles on the history of sexuality, across all regions, periods, and themes.

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WSG 30th Anniversary Bursary

Richard Samuel, Portraits in the Characters of the Muses in the Temple of Apollo, oil on canvas, 1779. NPG 4905. © National Portrait Gallery, London. Creative Commons License.

Richard Samuel, Portraits in the Characters of the Muses in the Temple of Apollo, oil on canvas, 1779. NPG 4905. © National Portrait Gallery, London. Creative Commons License.

The Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 has always been an interdisciplinary collective of scholars, interested in collaboration, and in promoting research that might not otherwise have found a champion in usual university depts, museums, libraries, or other cultural institutions.  And since WSG’s founding (or at least its first event) at the BSECS conference in January 1987, this format has proved surprisingly durable.  Today the WSG is going from strength to strength, with an expanded annual seminars programme, new connections made through facebook and twitter, and we’re working on a special project… more of which in the new year.

In addition to these activities, WSG is hugely excited to announce that to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the group is offering a £500 bursary to an early career researcher, independent scholar or PhD student who is a member of the Group to support research in any aspect of women’s studies in the period 1558-1837. The grant may be awarded for a new or continuing interdisciplinary or single-discipline project.  For further information about the bursary, and to apply, please download the application form. For further information on membership, see here.

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Reminder: WSG September seminar 2016

The first WSG seminar of the academic year will shortly take place at the Foundling Museum.  Directions for getting to the Museum can be found here.  Doors open after 12.30pm with the session starting promptly at 1, and tea, coffee and biscuits at about 2.30pm.  Seminars are free and non-members who wish to attend are very welcome but will be asked to make a donation of £2 for refreshments.  Attendees are also welcome to visit the Foundling before or after the seminar and there is currently a very interesting exhibition on Handel’s singers.

For the September session organiser Carolyn Williams has put together a programme on song, play, and translation… we hope to see you there.

Saturday 17th September, 2016. Chair: TBC
Brianna Elyse Robertson-KirklandVenanzio Rauzzini (1746 – 1810) and his female operatic students.
Judith PageAusten and Shakespeare: Mansfield Park, Shylock, and the ‘exquisite acting’ of Edmund Kean.
Lucy Gent: What is becoming in Mansfield Park? Jane Austen and Cicero’s De Officiis.

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