Suffragette Symposium

The Gender & Sexuality Research Group

GenSex is an inter-disciplinary group, launched in 2007, which promotes global research into gender and sexuality studies.

We meet regularly to hear research papers, engage in debate, and run seminars and workshops on subjects such as: masculinities, feminisms, gender theories, LGBTQI and/or queer studies, sexuality and subversion, bodily/embodiment narratives and transgendered identities.

The aim of this international research group is to provide academics and students with a forum for debate and to foster intellectual exchange and development.

In addition to an annual research paper programme, the group also seeks to generate research funding, publications and conference events.

We are very pleased, and excited to present the Suffragette Symposium this year, as part of the ‘Wonder Women Campaign’.

Suffragette Symposium

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the UK, GenSex and the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) present the Suffragette Symposium. Join academics, authors and artists to explore the historical, political and cultural impact of suffrage and the progress made since the passing of the ‘Representation of the People Act’ in 1918.

The Symposium’s keynote speakers, Mary Talbot, an acclaimed author and scholar, and artist Bryan Talbot will deliver an illustrated lecture on their graphic novel Sally Heathcote: Suffragette (Cape, 2014).

The Symposium will culminate in the screening of the 2015 film Suffragette, introduced by Elaine de Fries from The Pankhurst Centre—the home of Emmeline Pankhurst and the birthplace of the Suffragette movement.

This event is FREE but please click here to register

Symposium Programme

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13.30 – 14.00

14:00 – 14.15
Welcome: Professor Roger Shannon/Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards

14.15 – 15.45
The Suffragette: International, National & Regional Empowerment
(Chaired by Dr Emma Deeks and Jessica Tillings)

Professor Máire Cross (Newcastle University):
‘Socks and Airplanes: Natural Rights in the Campaign for Gender Equality in France During the Early Twentieth Century?’

Laura Nicholson (coeditor of DISPATCH):
‘Introverted Activism as Loud Rebellion: An Exploration of Radical Quietness Through the Lens of Lavena “the Obscure” Saltonstall (and the West Yorkshire Suffrage Movement)’

Dr Chris Wiley (Surrey University):
‘Ethel Smyth, Music, and the Suffragette Movement: Reconsidering the Boatswain’s Mate as Feminist Opera’

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15.45 – 16.15

Keynote Lecture: Dr Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot
‘Shoulder to Shoulder with Sally Heathcote: Suffragette
(Chaired and Introduced by Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards)

17.15 – 18.15
Evening Meal
(there are various restaurant/canteen areas where delegates can purchase food)

18.30 – 21.00
Film Screening
Venue: CE.017, Ground Floor, Lecture Theatre – Creative Edge
A free screening of the film Suffragette (2015).
Introduced by The Manchester Pankhurst Centre’s Elaine de Fries.
(Chaired by Paula Keaveney)


Edge Hill University, Tech Hub Lecture Theatre, (building 15 on the Map), (Directions)
 28th February 2018

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