The British country house is a key site of power. In the midst of global political organising and a pandemic that challenges the future of such institutions, the time to reckon with such power is now.
This interdisciplinary conference will bring together early career scholars and practitioners to place the country house in dialogue with current feminist, queer, anti- and decolonial scholarship. We invite proposals for 15-20-minute presentations of any format. We welcome full panel proposals as well as roundtable discussions, experimental and creative submissions. Proposals might engage with, but are not limited to, the following themes:
• Queering women’s lives and domesticities
• Women’s roles in colonial and imperial exchange
• Building more inclusive histories of the country house
• Working-class women and the country house
• Women’s political economies
• Gendered spaces in the country house
• Women and knowledge production
Accepted speakers will have the opportunity to publish in a post-conference special edition of Women’s History Today, the journal of the Women’s History Network. Thanks to generous sponsorship from the WHN and Bloomsbury Academic, there will also be a prize awarded for the best presentation.