Women, Gender and the First World War: Home Fronts and War Fronts

One day Conference, University of Portsmouth, Saturday 10th October 2015

The Conference organisers welcome proposals for papers on any aspect of the First World War relating to women and gender.  Possible topics may include, but are not restricted to, the following themes:

  • +   Women and pacifism, peace movements
  • +   Women and patriotism
  • +   Women and war work
  • +   Women and the state/social policy/welfare
  • +   Women’s wartime writing
  • +   Women war artists
  • +   The women’s movement
  • +   Religion
  • +   Women and voluntarism
  • +   Women and domestic life/leisure
  • +   Women, gender and sexuality
  • +   Mourning and bereavement
  • +   Poetry, plays and film
  • +   Commemoration and heritage

Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words to June Purvis ( and Lee Sartain ( by 20th June 2015.  Confirmed speakers so far include: Maggie Andrews, Alison Fell and Lucy Noakes.

The cost (which includes all teas and coffees) is £20 for delegates and £10 for students.  Free places for non-university affiliated people local to Portsmouth.  There are cafes/a supermarket within one minute walking distance from the venue.  To book a place please go to  We are able to offer a limited number of free places for non-university affiliated people who are local to Portsmouth.

Venue: Park Building, 5 minute walk from Portsmouth & Southsea station
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The Conference is supported by the AHRC funded Gateways to the First World War Public Engagement Centre, the Southern Region of the Women’s History Network and the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), University of Portsmouth.

It is intended that a selection of the papers will form a Special Issue of the journal Women’s History Review and/or an edited book.