School of History, Classics & Archaeology

CFP Women's History Scotland Conference

The Women's History Scotland Conference 'Gender Transgressions - Historical Perspectives' will explore the idea of transgressing gender norms (including those relating to masculinity and femininity) and the consequences of this for individuals or groups. The conference will take place in Edinburgh on Saturday 16 November. We welcome proposals relating to all historical periods (ancient, medieval, modern, contemporary) and all geographical places including Scotland.

We understand ‘gender transgression’ to refer to sets of ideas and practices that encompass (but are not restricted to) the following areas:

  • Legal, moral, ethical and religious frameworks
  • Wrongdoing, reformation and reconciliation
  • Borders and boundary crossing
  • Resistance and rebellion
  • Medicine, science, sexuality and the body
  • Identity, relationships and the family

How have ideas about what is transgressive shifted and changed across time? How have these ideas been constructed, challenged, performed and/or enacted? How have responses to ‘transgression’ been forged by actors that include the community, the state, religious and voluntary organisations? With what effects?  How have ideas relating to masculinity and femininity intersected with other categories or experiences such as those of ‘race’, ethnicity, class and age?

We welcome proposals for papers of approximately 20 minutes in length from scholars at all stages of their careers (especially postgraduate) and from independent researchers. Abstracts of 250-300 words along with a brief biographical note (up to 100 words) should be sent to by Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Please note that the organisers are unable to cover speakers’ travel/accommodation costs. A small registration fee will be charged for all participants (including speakers); a subsidised rate will be offered for non-waged and/or postgraduate students.

Women’s History Scotland promotes study and research in women’s and gender history in Scotland.  For more information and updates see or follow on Twitter (@WomensHistScot). This conference is supported by the School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.


CFP Women's History Scotland Conference

Proposals for papers are sought for the Women's History Scotland Conference to be held in November, 2019.