WHS Transatlantic Showcase – Friday 12 November & Friday 19 November 2021

Transatlantic Showcase:

New Directions in Scottish Women’s and Gender History

Fri 12th November & Fri 19 November 2021

We are delighted to bring together a Transatlantic Showcase to highlight vibrant new research on Scottish women’s and gender history that is taking place in Canada and the UK.

The Transatlantic Showcase features presentations spanning some 700 years of history from the medieval to the contemporary. Our new generation of researchers will present on a wide variety of topics, such as artistic and literary production, food cultures, witchcraft and healing, friendship, work, power, patronage, and activism.

The event will be over three online transatlantic sessions of short presentations followed by discussion and Q&A.

A detailed programme is available here:

The event poster is available to download here (please share!):

Transatlantic Showcase is free for everyone interested in Scottish women’s and gender history.  Booking is through Eventbrite for the Showcase as a whole. We encourage participants to attend all three sessions, if possible, to enable reflection across presentations.


Session 1: Friday 12th Nov 17.00-19.00 GMT / 12.00 – 14.00 EST

Rachel Delman (University of York, UK)

Women and the Built Environment in Late Medieval Scotland

Charlotte Holmes (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Domestic Medicine in Early Modern Scotland: the Medical Recipe Collection of Anna Balfour and Jean Wemyss

Alice Glaze (Know History, Canada) 

Clashing with the Kirk: Women’s Work, Words and Friendships in Seventeenth-Century Scotland

Theresa Mackay (University of Victoria, Canada)

Gàidhealtachd Women and their Coastal Kitchens: Nineteenth-century Foodways in the West Highlands and Islands 

Session 2: Friday 19th November 14.00-16.00 GMT / 09.00 – 11.00 EST

Chelsea Larsson (University of Guelph, Canada)

Wicked Women or Ladies in Charge? Noblewomen and Violence in the Scottish Borders

Lisa Baer-Tsarfati (University of Guelph, Canada)

The Problem of Authority in Early Modern Scotland: Ambition, Feminality, and Control, 1560-1625

Alice Krzanich (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Female Domestic Servants in Early Industrial Scotland: Legal Principles of the Master-Servant Relationship as They Applied to Women in the Period c 1790 – c 1850

Marianna Golinucci (University of Glasgow, UK)

‘Gaping Silences Where Those Other Voices Should Be’: Race, Gender, and Activism in Scotland, 1980s-1990. A Historical and Literary Analysis

Session 3: Friday 19th November 17.00-19.00 GMT / 12.00 – 14.00 EST

Sierra Dye (University of Guelph, Canada)

Oaken Posts and Charms for an Ill Eye: Witchcraft, Healing, and Women’s Networks in Mid-Seventeenth Century Scotland

Taylor Breckles (Simon Fraser University, Canada)

The Anti-Colonial Sounds of Music: Scots Gaelic and Musqueam Resistance as Expressed in the Song Poetry of Máiri Mhòr nan Oran and Christie Lee Charles

Karen Mailley-Watt (University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art, UK) 

‘Ladies have the Knack of Making the Most of Wall Space’: The Glasgow Society of Lady Artists since 1882

Sarah Leith (University of St Andrews, UK)

‘Poor little Susannas’? Repression and Scottish sensuality in the writings of Naomi Mitchison, Willa Muir and Nan Shepherd 

Advertised times are given for the UK (Greenwich Mean Time, GMT) and Canada (as Eastern Standard Time, EST).


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