Call for Papers

Call for Papers 

Women’s History Association of Ireland 2015 Conference

Irish Women in the First World War Era
April 10-11, 2015

Keynote speakers:

Dr Sonja Tiernan, Department of History and Politics, Liverpool Hope University: ‘Courage, Conscience and Conscription: The female force of conscientious objection in World War One’

Dr Diane Urquhart, Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, ‘Unionism, Orangeism and war’

Dr Deborah Thom, Robinson College, University of Cambridge, ‘Women, work and public memory’

The Women’s History Association of Ireland (WHAI) welcome papers and panel proposals for the 2015 annual conference, Irish Women in the First World War Era, to be held at Maynooth University, April 10th and 11th 2015. The WHAI welcome abstracts on the experience of Irish women between 1914 and 1918, considering the wartime experience but not limited to the conflict.

The call for papers has been extended 

Due to generous funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Funds we are able to provide 11 conference bursaries. These are to assist those from all over the island of Ireland to attend this conference which promotes dialogue on North-South perspectives on the experiences of women in the years 1914-18.

The registration bursaries will fund the registration fee (€40 for non-members, €25 for members ) and will provide the remainder towards travel on public transport within the island of Ireland and accommodation on Maynooth University campus (further details on accommodation on campus available here: ). Full instructions on how to get to the campus are available here

Please note that you do not need to be a WHAI member to apply for the bursary

Preference will be given to those who are presenting, but all are welcome to apply. The applications are judged by a sub-committee of the Women’s History Association of Ireland Executive Committee. Successful applicants will be responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements and will be required to submit receipts in order to get the bursaries. Bursaries will be issued by cheque at the conference or thereafter upon receipt of the required documentation.

Successful applicants are required to acknowledge the bursaries in presentations and any publication arising from this.

Please emai this lWHAI bursary notes and form to by January 30th 2015. If you have any queries, please use this email address also.


Individual papers and panels of no more than three speakers could consider the following topics:

– The impact of the war on women on the home front

– Women’s involvement in auxiliary services

– Women on the front lines

– Women’s activism

– Suffrage

– Pacifism

– Anti-war activism

– Labour organisation/agitation

– Nationalism

– Unionism

– Philanthropy

– International networks/associations

– Women’s wartime employment

– Emigrants

– Women’s auxiliary services

– Women in Ulster/women north and south

If proposing a panel, please suggest a title which encapsulates the connecting theme of the proposed papers. Panels of postgraduate students are most welcome.

Due to funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Funds we have been able to offer 11 bursaries to assist people in attending the conference. In light of this, deadline for receipt of abstracts has been extended to January 30th 2015

Please send abstracts of 150 words with a 100 word bio to Please use this email for any correspondence related to the conference.



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  1. Pingback: 30 January 2014: deadline for proposals for 2015 WHAI conference on ‘Irish women in the First World War era’, NUI Maynooth, 10-11 April 2014 « Decade of Centenaries

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