Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies

Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies presents:

Maria DiCenzo (Wilfrid Laurier): ‘News of Women’s Work: Late Nineteenth-Century Social Reform and Trades Publications’

The late 19th century and early years of the 20th century saw the emergence of a variety of women’s trade/work-related periodicals. While some of the labour and trade union movement papers (e.g. Women’s Union Journal and the Woman Worker) have begun to receive more detailed attention, there remain numerous publications devoted to the concerns of working women ranging from teachers and barmaids to sweated workers. By attempting to situate these publications in the context of current work in media and press history, the paper explores the very challenges these periodicals pose in terms of gender analysis, political ideology, categories or genres of print, and periodization. The paper will also point to the research opportunities these documents offer in light of the growing availability of digital resources.

Tuesday 24 April, 6.00 pm

Keynes Library (Room 114, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD)

Free. All welcome.

Programme for Summer Term 2012

The programme for the summer term includes Robert Bud (24 May) and Garrett Stewart and Matthew Rubery (7 June). In addition to the programme of events, Birkbeck’s fifth annual Arts Week takes place 14–18 May. There are a number of events with a nineteenth-century focus, including Helen Cowie (14 May) on travelling menageries in nineteenth-century Britain, a reading of Virginia Woolf’s play Freshwater (15 May), Holly Furneaux (16 May) on the figure of the gentle soldier in the Crimean War, and a panel discussion on Victorian Sentimentality featuring Nicola Bown, Vicky Mills and Alison Smith (17 May). Further details can be found at

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