Doing Women’s Legal History – History@Newcastle Free Public Seminar

History@Newcastle
Research Seminar Series 2017

 

Doing Women’s Legal History
by Professor Rosemary Auchmuty
(University of Reading)


When: Friday 15 September 2017 @ 10AM
Where: Cultural Collections, Level 2 Auchmuty Library UON
Free Public Seminar

Please join us on Friday 15th September at 10am in Cultural Collections for the next in our History@Newcastle seminar presentations. Professor Rosemary Auchmuty from the University of Reading will discuss her research into women’s legal history and biography. Morning tea will follow — all welcome!

 

Doing Women’s Legal History

Women’s Legal History is relatively new in the UK but there has been an upsurge of interest lately with the approaching centenaries of women’s getting the vote (1918) and admission to the legal profession (1919).  There are also interesting projects currently underway in Australia and in the US.  But doing women’s legal history presents challenges for both historians and lawyers unaccustomed to each other’s methods. Here I’ll be focusing on the work of legal scholars trying to write our history, based on my experience of current projects: some of the problems we encountered, but also some of the successes.  We’ve found that lawyers are often too inclined to look for heroines and role models, to over-estimate the role of legal institutions in reform and underplay (or ignore) the role of activists (like feminists), and to see history as a steady tale of progress – so we have some myths to dispel and some reality checks to bring to some of the more celebratory work.  Yet there is some great stuff out there, and I’ll end with an example from the Women’s Legal Landmarks project which should remind us that law does have a role to play in bringing about change for women.

 

About the Speaker:

Born in Egypt and raised in Newcastle where her father was the first the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Rosemary has been a pioneer of women’s studies and feminist legal studies in higher education in Britain. She was Associate Director of the AHRC Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality for three years before joining Reading Law School in 2007, where she now teaches Property Law subjects and Gender and Law. She is currently an executive member of the Society of Legal Scholars; a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the (American) Law and Society Association; a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Prior to moving into law she wrote widely in the areas of women’s history and children’s literature, including three books: Australia’s Daughters (Sydney: Methuen, 1978), A World of Girls: the Appeal of the Girls’ School Story (London: The Women’s Press, 1992, 2nd ed. 2004) and A World of Women: growing up in the girls’ school story (London: The Women’s Press,1999, 2nd ed. 2008).. As well as property law and legal education, her research interests include gender and sexuality and feminist legal history and biography. She is currently, with Erika Rackley (University of Birmingham), engaged in a 100-strong collaboration called the Women’s Legal Landmarks Project, a major historical collection in book and website formats, planned to celebrate the centenary of women’s admission to the legal profession in 2019.

 

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BAROQUE AND BEYOND

Baroque and Beyond

In 2015, composer David Banney encountered artist Brett McMahon’s installation work for the first time and saw in it the dynamic interplay between symmetry and broken symmetry that he was seeking in his own music. It was then that they discovered the formal and conceptual affinities between their practices and so the present exhibition came to life.

The resulting body of new work is not so much a collaboration as a convergence. Here, two interlocutors share space and time, having departed from the same pre-defined point: the elaboration of six different works, each exploring a distinct texture or emotion. In crafting their separate pieces – McMahon of torn and brooding textiles and assemblages and Banney with surging, audible motifs – their paths converge, cross over, join together, diverge, and collide.

PLEASE JOIN THE ARTISTS FOR THE EXHIBITION OPENING AND A PERFORMANCE OF THE WORK BY THE CHRIST CHURCH CAMERATA AT THE UNIVERSITY GALLERY ON WED 9 AUGUST AT 6PM

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE NEWCASTLE MUSIC FESTIVAL 9 – 20 AUGUST 2017

Paxton Colliery

Poppet Head, Stanford Main Colliery

Headframe, Paxton Colliery

We have just uploaded some photos of Paxton Colliery/Stanford Main Colliery to Living Histories @ UON.  These are from the collection of Carole Knott, who has kindly allowed us to publish them. Our thanks to our community colleague, Barry Howard, for passing them on to us.

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Link: Carole Knott Collection