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Women and Property in the long Eighteenth Century: Programme


Location: Institute of Advanced Study

9:30 – Arrivals; coffee, tea and cake

10:00-11:00 - Keynote presentation

  • Briony McDonagh (Hull): 'Women, Property and the Making of the English Landscape'

11:00-12:30 - Panel 1: Property Dispute

  • Rebecca Mason (Glasgow): 'Married Women and Property in Seventeenth-Century Glasgow: The Curious Case of the Remarried Relict'
  • Alexander Wakelam (Cambridge): 'Coverture and the Debtors’ Prison in the long Eighteenth Century'
  • Juliet Learmouth (Birkbeck): 'The Women of Whitehall: Disputing Property in Eighteenth-Century London'
  • Josh Rhodes (Exeter): 'Owning and Occupying Land: Recovering Women’s Experiences of Subletting in Eighteenth-Century England'

12:30-13:30 - Lunch

13:30-14:30 - Keynote presentation

  • Karen Lipsedge (Kingston): 'Women Made Homes and Homes Made Women: Women, the Eighteenth-Century British Novel, Identity and Self-Empowerment Through the Medium of Domestic Space'

14:30-16:00 - Panel 2 - Property Ownership and Management

  • Emma Purcell (Leicester): 'Inheritance and Influence: Heiresses and the Montagu Property Network, c.1749-1827'
  • Rita J. Dashwood (Warwick): '"Every Neighbourhood should have a great Lady": Propertied Women in Jane Austen’s Novels'
  • Hannah Young (IHR/London): 'Female Slave-Ownership in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Britain'

16:00 - Coffee, tea and cake; end.

lady_of_the_manor.jpg mezzotint from British Museum collection

'I'll not distress my Tenants, take back your Yearly Rents, & when better times shall come, remember your kind Benefactress'

The Lady of the Manor (1781)

mezzotint, image courtesy of the British Museum