New blog!

Would you like to blog for Women’s History Scotland?

Anyone who is attending the Annual Conference this year is invited to write a short piece about their experience. A selection of these will be published on the website as part of a blog, and will become a collective piece about the 2012 Annual Conference. Guest contributors can write about a while range of topics to do with the conference; the papers, the venue, the discussions in the coffee breaks, maybe even the biscuits at the coffee breaks! Contributors can be anyone who attends or presents, at any stage of their academic career or anyone who is not in academia.

If this is something you would like to try, please get in touch with Laura at

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 (

Full programme and booking details are available to download below.

Download: WHS 2012 Conference Programme

Download: WHS 2012 Conference – Registration Form