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Women and Community Seminar Series 2007 - 2009

This seminar series emerges from the need for feminists to engage with the constantly changing roles of women in the community. The seminars aim to bridge the gap between feminists working in academia and feminists working in the community to create a space to debate and critically analyse the categorisations of women in the community. It will also aim to evaluate the concept of community itself across a variety of cultural locations.

Unmarried Mothers in England, 1970 – 2009: Past – Present – Future

Speakers: Professor Pat Thane (Institute of Historical Research) and Dr Geraldine Brady (Coventry University)

Date and Time: 17th June 2009, 4-6pm Click here for the poster(Word Document)

Venue: Wolfson Research Exchange, in the Library at the University of Warwick

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Women, Community and Prison

Guest Speaker: Professor Barbara Harlow

Date: Thursday 8th May 2008

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm (A wine reception will follow)

Venue: R0.14 (Ramphal Building)

This seminar aims to investigate the experience of both political and common law women prisoners. It will investigate what prison means to women and the concept of community as conceptualised and experienced by women in prison. It will also aim to consider how women who have spent time in prison are perceived in the community. Our speacial guest speaker for this seminar is Professor Barbara Harlow from the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Harlow will be speaking about her work on Ruth First with a paper titled, "Tortured Thoughts: the example set by Ruth First from her interrogation in 1963 to her assassination in 1982".
While here at Warwick Professor Harlow will also deliver a public Lecture titled, "Child and/or Soldier: Two Stories in the Struggle for Comparative Literature". This Talk will be held on Wednesday the 7th of May at 5pm in SO.18 (Social Studies).

Mothering and the Community

Thank you to all those who took part, especially Nickie, Maureen, Laura, Heather and Maud.

Date: Wednesday 23rd January 2008

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm (A wine reception will follow)

Venue: R0.03/4 (Ramphal Building)

This seminar will explore lived experiences, ideas and debates about motherhood and community, constituted in different class and cultural contexts. By placing these two concepts together, the seminar hopes to discuss what have been two particularly controversial issues in feminist thought – the biological and social status of motherhood and the relation of women as mothers to notions of ‘the community.’

Immigrant women in Britain

Thank you to all those who took part, especially Rashmi, Ravinder, Clara and Cecilly.

Click here for Immigrant Women in Britain poster(Word Document) 

Date: Wednesday 17th October 2007

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm (A wine reception will follow)

Venue: R3.41 (Ramphal Building)

This seminar aims to investigate the experiences of immigrant women Britain, in their home and in the community. It also seeks to explore their role in the British society at large and consider what the expressions of ‘Britishness’ are in their life and work.


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This seminar series is funded by the Humanities Research Centre,

The Department of History, and

The Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies.