Seldon Sister's Name

Celebrating Women in Legal History

11:00am - 7:00pm / Friday 1st September 2023
Type: Conference / Category: Department
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Selden’s Sister are a collaborative body of legal historians across multiple UKHE institutions. We seek to champion the work of contemporary female legal historians, and highlight past contributions of women to legal history. This SLS-funded, one-day hybrid symposium aims to celebrate the contributions of women to early legal historical scholarship, to commemorate the achievements of under-appreciated figures in legal history, and to assess their contributions in light of present understandings of the discipline.


11:00-11:15 Opening Remarks: Dr Lorren Eldridge

11:15-12:30 Panel One: Pathbreakers in Legal History

• Dr Fleur Stolker (University of Oxford) Dame CV Wedgwood and the trial of Charles I

• Christine George (New York University Law Library) Missing Mildred Miles

• Dr Anne Logan (University of Kent) Rights and Duties of Englishwomen: the life and work of Erna Reiss (1888-1974?)

• Cheryl Warden (University of Stirling) and Anna Pavičić (University of Stirling)

Chair: Professor Gwen Seaborne

12:30-13:15 Break

13:15-14:30 Panel Two: Women Working Together

• Dr Jennifer Aston (Northumbria University) and Prof. Olive Anderson (deceased, Westfield College) For Wives Alone: Economic Divorce in mid-nineteenth century England and Wales

• Dr Sharon Thompson (University of Cardiff) Family Law Reformists as Feminist Legal Historians: The Married Women’s Association

• Taylor Starr (Yorke University, Canada) Epistemological Acquiescence: Women and Feminist Legal Theory in Canadian Law Faculties, 1961-1994

• Associate Professor Valentina Cvetković Đorđević and Assistant Professor Nina Kršljanin (University of Belgrade) Women scholars in legal history at the university of Belgrade faculty of law

Chair: Rhiannon Ogden-Jones

14:30-14:45 Break

14:45-16:00 Panel Three: Stair’s Sister: Celebrating Women in Law in Scotland

• Professor Maria Fletcher (University of Glasgow) The ‘Women in Law’ Project and Dialogues about the Past, Present and Future: Feminist Theory and Method in Practice.

• Dr Charlie Peevers (University of Glasgow) Alternative Visions of International Law, War and Peace: Women, Scotland and Global Order in the early 20th century

• Dr Rebecca Mason (Scottish Parliament) Shadow economies of Scottish women’s legal work

• Lisa Cowan (University of Edinburgh) Aere perennius: The Life and Legacy of Professor Olivia Robinson

Chair: Dr Sarah White

16:00-16:15 Break

16:15-17:30 Roundtable Discussion: Women in Legal History Now

• Professor Chantal Stebbings (University of Exeter)

• Professor Catherine Macmillan (King’s College London)

• Professor Rebecca Probert (University of Exeter)

Chair: Dr Joanna McCunn

17:30-17:45 Closing Remarks: Dr Emily Ireland