2012 Annual Conference: Women and Wellbeing



Women's League of Health and Beauty pin, Glasgow Women's Library

Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October 2012

Historical Perspectives

This year’s annual conference will explore the historical connections between women and ‘wellbeing’.

Keynote speaker and Sue Innes Memorial Lecturer: Viviene Cree, Professor of Social Work Studies, University of Edinburgh

The conference will explore women’s roles as carers and practitioners but also as patients or subjects of intervention. Has women’s historical association with caring and nurturing roles served to restrict or empower them? To what extent has women’s ‘hidden’ labour advanced the ‘wellbeing’ of past societies? In what ways have the gendered dynamics of health and wellbeing shifted across time? How might we analyse the relationship between carers/practitioners and their patients/clients? The conference will also examine the contributions that women’s and gender history can make to current debates concerning social policy, health and welfare; we particularly welcome papers in this area.

For further information contact Louise Jackson (louise.jackson@ed.ac.uk)

Full programme and booking details are available to download below.

Download: WHS 2012 Conference Programme

Download: WHS 2012 Conference – Registration Form

Memorials to Scottish Women receives support from First Minister, Alex Salmond

The Mapping Memorials to Women in Scotland project will launch on 10th March 2012. The project, developed by Glasgow Women’s Library and Women’s History Scotland, aims to record memorials to women across Scotland at womenofscotland.org.uk.

Memorial stone to Lilias of Ancrum

This memorial stone commemorates the - quite possibly apocryphal - heroine of the Battle of Ancrum Moor, "Fair Maiden Lilliard"

This project has received a message of support from First Minister Alex Salmond, who said:

Throughout the centuries, Scots have paid tribute to the remarkable achievements of women in both small and grand ways. From plaques and cairns to statues and buildings, all commemorate the contribution that women have made to Scottish life, from the most humble to the most generous. It is a rich and fascinating story. This project is a very fitting one to be launched at the time of International Women’s Day and I would urge all those interested in the achievements of Scottish women both at home and abroad to help with some detective work and build the Women of Scotland website into a very useful database and resource we are all proud of.

Download the Press Release here