Offers of papers are invited which draw upon the perspectives of women’s and gender history to discuss practical and emotional survival on the Home Front during war and conflict. Contributions of papers on a range of topics are welcome and may, for example, explore one of the following areas:
- Food, domesticity, marriage and the ordinariness of everyday life on the Home Front
- The arts, leisure and entertainment during military conflict
- Women’s working lives on the Home Front
- Shifting relations of power around gender, class, ethnicity, religion or politics
- Women’s individual or collective strategies and tactics for survival in wartime
- Case studies illuminating the particularity of the Home Front in cities, small towns or rural areas
- Outsiders on the Home Front including attitudes to prisoners of war, refugees, immigrants and travellers
- Comparative Studies of the Home Front across time and geographical location
- Representation, writing and remembering the Home Front
Although the term Home Front was initially used during the First World War, and the conference coincides with the commemorations marking the centenary of the beginning of this conflict, we welcome papers which explore a range of Home Fronts and conflicts, across diverse historical periods and geographical areas.
A selection of papers from this conference will be published in a special edition of the journal Women's History Review following the conference.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent electronically to [email protected] by 1 April 2014.