CENTENNIAL REFLECTIONS ON WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE AND THE ARTS
Local : National : Transnational
An international, multi-disciplinary public conference
University of Surrey, UK, 29-30 June 2018
• Irene Cockroft, author of Women in the Arts & Crafts and Suffrage Movements at the Dawn of the 20th Century
• Elizabeth Crawford, author of The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Britain and Ireland
The 2018 centenary of the Representation of the People Act (6 February 1918), which granted the vote to many women in the UK, yields an ideal opportunity for sustained critical reflection on women’s suffrage. This conference seeks to explore the artistic activities nurtured within the movement, their range and legacy, as well as the relationships between politics and art. In striving for an inclusive, transnational reach, it will at the same time seek to move beyond traditional emphases on white middle-class feminism and explore the intersections between the regional, national, and global contexts for women’s suffrage with specific respect to the arts.
Planned activities include a panel discussion featuring artists who have been active in performing and creating works based on women’s suffrage and some of its key figures; a recital of the music of Dame Ethel Smyth; and a visit to the nearby Watts Gallery. We envisage that an edited publication will be developed from papers presented at the conference.
Conference Committee (co-chairs): Christopher Wiley (Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Surrey); Charlotte Mathieson (Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century English Literature at the University of Surrey); Lucy Ella Rose (Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Surrey)
School of Literature and Languages, Department of Music and Media, University of Surrey
Supported by the University of Surrey and the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association UK & Ireland