Welcome to the conference website for the International Conference on ‘Women’s Histories: the Local and the Global’. This conference is jointly organised by the International Federation for Research in Women’s History (IFRWH) and the Women’s History Network, UK (WHN), one of the most active national affiliates of the IFRWH; it will incorporate the 22nd annual conference of the WHN.

I am very excited to be convening this conference in my capacity as President of the IFRWH. It should provide an excellent opportunity for networking among scholars of women’s history from around the world, and for showcasing and developing new directions for research in women’s history. We are expecting to attract over 300 delegates, making it probably the biggest women’s history conference ever to be held in Britain.

The conference will be held at my academic home, Sheffield Hallam University, which has a very strong research group in History and the Humanities. Sheffield is a pleasant and accessible city in the north of England. It is in the historic county of Yorkshire, the location of many important historical sites, not least the home of those internationally famous Victorian novelists, the Brontë sisters.

Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre - one of my favourite novels - powerfully links the local life of its Yorkshire heroine to the global world of colonial slavery and missionary imperialism. Our conference will take up these themes. It will examine how women’s histories can reshape our understanding of the relationship between the ‘local’ and the ‘global’. It will also explore the implications of a transnational framework of analysis for nation-based traditions of writing women’s history. We are very fortunate in having as confirmed plenary speakers Professor Mrinalini Sinha and Professor Catherine Hall, pioneers in the creation of gendered histories which connect the local and the global, and in researching the inter-relationships between national, imperial and global histories.

Paper and panel proposals are welcomed from academics and postgraduate students in history and related fields, from local and community historians, and from teachers of women’s history. Please note that it is not essential for your own work to make connections between the ‘local’ and the ‘global’ in order to offer a paper; you are welcome to propose thematic panels which explore national histories in comparative perspective, or to indicate that you wish your individual paper proposal to be included in a comparative panel as part of strand 9 – see the Call for Papers on this website.

I look forward to receiving your proposals, and hopefully also to meeting you in Sheffield in 2013.

Very best wishes
Clare Midgley
President, IFRWH

Key Dates

30 June 2012
First Call for Papers

31 October 2012
Deadline for Submissions 

31 January 2013
Conference Registration Opens

31 January 2013
Notification of Acceptance

1 February 2013
2nd (and final) call for papers

15 April 2013
Deadline for final call for papers

14 June 2013
Notification of Acceptance

8 July 2013
Deadline for 'Early Bird' registration

15 July
Deadline for delegate registration with accommodation guaranteed

18 August
Deadline for delegate registration

29 Aug to 1 Sept 2013
Conference Dates