Besieged bodies Gendered violence, sexualities and motherhood Women’s History Association of Ireland Annual Conference, University College Dublin, 15–16 May 2020 CFP


We are delighted to announce that the 2020 WHAI annual conference will be 15-16 May at UCD, on the topic: ‘Besieged bodies: gendered violence, sexualities, and motherhood’

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers from any field in the humanities/social sciences on themes that include, though are not limited to:

  • Gendered or sexual violence in war and revolution
  • The wartime gendered body
  • History of sexualities
  • LGBT history
  • History of intimacy and emotion
  • Histories of birth control, abortion and reproductive rights and activism
  • Pregnancy and motherhood
  • Religious violence and institutionalism
  • War, violence and trauma
  • Propaganda, war and gender
  • Violence and the nation

Applicants are asked to send a short biography (100-150 words) and a 250 word abstract to Dr Mary McAuliffe and Dr Fionnuala Walsh at by 15 January 2020. Panel proposals for papers of 20 minutes should consist of three 150-word abstracts, all three biographies, and the name of a chair, if possible. All other inquiries may be directed to the same address.