Learning From The Past, Looking To the Future: a seminar to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Scottish Women’s Aid

January 12, 2012

The Centre For Gender History, University of Glasgow Working With Scottish Women’s Aid
Thursday 8th March (International Women’s Day) 2012

Learning From The Past, Looking To the Future.

woman on platform looking at poster for women's aidThursday 8th March (International Women’s Day) 2012

A seminar to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Scottish Women’s Aid

What can we learn from history? This seminar will bring together academics from various disciplines with practitioners from the field of domestic abuse. It will contextualise the work of Scottish Women’s Aid (Scotland’s lead organisation working in the field of domestic abuse) in its historic, social and cultural setting. The seminar will highlight past struggles for recognition of domestic abuse as a serious social problem and consider how this history can aid us in the present and future.

Places at the event are limited so early booking is recommended. The event is free but a charge of £25 will be levied for non-attendance without prior apologies being offered. To book a place please e-mail Emma Sutherland at emma.sutherland@scottishwomensaid.org.uk

The seminar will take place in the Gannochy Room, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow. Tea and coffee will be available from 9.30am, with the event starting at 10am. Lunch will be provided and will served at 1.15pm. For directions to the venue please visit www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_1887_en.pdf


10am Welcome & introduction: AnnMarie Hughes, University of Glasgow

10.15am Session 1 – Domestic Abuse and the Law

• Title TBC – Clare Connelly, University of Glasgow

• The Family Home: a Private Refuge? – Jane Mair, University of Glasgow

11.15am Coffee

11.45am Session 2 – Service Provision for Domestic Abuse Survivors

• ‘What Aid? Certainly Not “Women’s Aid”: Social Work and Abused Wives in Scotland, c1850-1950’ – Annmarie Hughes, University of Glasgow

• ‘The Professionalisation of Activism – the impact of regulation on feminist organisations’ – Linda Rogers, Scottish Women’s Aid

12.45pm Lunch

1.45pm Session 3 – Children’s Experiences of Domestic Abuse

• ‘More like a football than a human being’: the plight of children between neglect and welfare in early 20th Century Scotland’ – Lynn Abrams, University of Glasgow

• ‘A balancing act: parents in trouble, children in need and the right to family life’ – Frankie McCarthy, University of Glasgow

2.45pm Coffee

3.15pm Session 4 – Domestic Abuse – Women’s Voices

• ‘Hearing hidden voices: Scottish women’s experience of domestic abuse in late twentieth-century Scotland’ – Andrea Thompson, University of Glasgow

• ‘From “battered wives” to “coercive control”: 35 years of understanding domestic abuse in Scotland’ – Nel Whiting, Scottish Women’s Aid.

.30pm Ends

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