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More than 'filling in the gaps': the Gendering of Anglo-Jewish history c. 1880-1940 Seminar

18 November 2014
Lecture Theatre C Avenue Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BF

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Part of the Parkes Institute Seminar series

Despite the expansion of scholarship in women’s history and gender studies since the 1970s, Anglo-Jewish historiography remains largely focussed on the male half of the community.  Innovative scholarship is taking place within literary studies, but empirical archival research is somewhat biased towards ‘filling in the gaps’: Jewish women’s activities are described and analysed in a way which leaves unchanged and unchallenged not only our histories of Jewish men, but those of the wider non-Jewish host society.  There is a need for research on Jewish women which will make us see all these histories differently – and which may well throw an instructive light on contemporary debates within the Anglo-Jewish community.

All welcome.

The chair for this seminar will be Dr Shirli Gilbert .

Speaker biography

A founding editor of History Workshop Journal, a former Wellcome Trust Research Fellow and (now retired) Curator of Modern Historical Manuscripts at the British Library, Dr Summers has published extensively on the history of British women in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Her most recent projects are ‘Gender, Religion and Politics: Josephine Butler’s campaigns in International Perspective (1875-1959)’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust; and ‘Living with Difference: relations between Jewish and Christian women in Britain, c. 1870-1940’, supported by the British Academy.

Dr Anne Summers
Dr Anne Summers

Speaker information

Dr Anne Summers , Birkbeck, University of London. Honorary Research Fellow

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