Call for Papers – Women, Work and Commerce in the Creative Industries, Britain 1750 – 1950


Call for papers ‘Women, Work and Commerce in the Creative Industries, Britain 1750 – 1950’

Saturday 9 February 2019, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London
Keynote Speakers: Dr Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi and Dr Patricia Zakreski

This event is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Student Led Activity Fund) and organised by Collaborative Doctoral
Partnership students Erika Lederman (De Montfort University/V&A) Hannah Lyons (Birkbeck,
University of London/ V&A) and George Mind (University of Westminster/National Portrait
This symposium adds to the growing body of feminist scholarship that is deconstructing the
male-dominated history of commercial and industrial artistic production. The programme will
bring together current interdisciplinary perspectives on women’s experiences of work and the
gendered dynamics of commerce in the creative industries in Britain between 1750 and 1950.
We invite critical and creative papers as well as those that present case-studies or deliver in more
collaborative formats.
Contributions may focus on, but are not limited to, women at work or women’s involvement in
the development of technologies i.e printmaking, photography, film and computing, women’s
work in textiles (including dressmaking and millinery), design, architecture, advertising,
bookmaking and publishing, the performing arts, music, TV and radio.

We are particularly interested in papers that consider the following topics:
• Spaces of women’s work: the workshop, the studio, the office, the factory, and work carried out
from home (i.e. sweated trades)
• Overlaps in women’s professional and domestic roles
• Collaboration, networks and unions of women workers and professionals
• Women’s management of finances and the economic factors of their work
• Women’s experiences of discrimination in the workplace in this period
• Anonymity or invisibility of women’s work and theft of their intellectual property
• Demands of emotional labour in the creative industries
• Distinctions and slippages between professional and amateur ‘work’
• Historiographies of women’s work in the creative industries
• Portrayals of professional women in literature and the visual arts
• How the campaign for suffrage intersected with, or affected, women’s work in the creative
We invite abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute papers. Please submit abstracts and a short
biographical note to Erika Lederman, Hannah Lyons and George Mind at by 6pm on Friday 30th November 2018

Call for papers, Women, Work Commerce symposium

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