Inaugural Lilith Conference

Women Without Men: Spinsters, widows and deserted wives in the nineteenth century and beyond

The inaugural conference of the relaunched Lilith: A Feminist History Journal takes place on Friday 10 May 2013 at the Australian National University. The conference keynote speaker will be Professor Carolyn Steedman.

This conference seeks to place these ‘women without men’ at the centre. It will explore themes of financial and social independence that women in the nineteenth and into the twentieth century chose for themselves, or had thrust upon them by circumstances. While there has been more discussion of women alone in the twentieth century, particularly in relation to their wartime experiences, a consideration of continuities and difference over time is valuable. similarly, placing the antipodes within a wider context of empire and viewing ‘single’ women through a transnational lens offers different perspectives on what might have hitherto been considered peculiar to one country.

Call for papers open until Thursday 31 January 2013. Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words and a brief biography to

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Supported by the ANU Gender Institute and the School of History


Date & time

Fri 10 May 2013, 9am–5pm


School of History


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