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Gender (In)Equality in the Historical Professions

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Training and Research Workshop

University of Essex

Wednesday 15 May 2019

In November 2018 the Royal Historical Society issued its second Gender Equality Report (first Report: 2015).  The Report revealed that considerable work to achieve gender equality in the historical profession remains to be done, with almost half of female respondents stating that their careers had been negatively affected by discrimination, with overwork, responsibility for caring, parental leave and structural issues of gender bias shaping all aspects of their professional lives, from teaching to marking, from conference participation to publication.

In the age of #MeToo, this workshop aims to bring together historians from different stages of their careers: Masters Level students, PhD researchers, post doctoral researchers, Lecturers, Readers and Professors, together with historians who work outside of academia, to share and reflect upon experiences, develop collaborative strategies and build networks which will act to support historians facing gender bias and inequality in their chosen profession.  The workshop will be non-hierarchical, with panels being made up of historians from different stages in their career, and will focus upon small group discussion.  Participants will produce a ‘zine at the end of the workshop, and plenty of time for informal networking will be built into the day’s timetable.

The workshop will be collectively organised and led by members of the University of Essex research cluster ‘Histories of Women, Gender and Sexualities’, with the support of Professor Lucy Robinson (Sussex) and Dr Julie Anderson (Kent) Members include PhD students, Post Doctoral Scholars, Lecturers, Readers and Professors.

Prior to attending, all participants will be asked to read the Royal Historical Society Report, and to email two weeks ahead with a point arising for discussion.