If it’s summer, there must be conferences

Both Stephanie and Nancy are presenting papers at conferences this summer.

JoanFosterEuropeStephanie offers a paper entitled “Independent  women:  education  and  economics  in  US  and  UK  early  twentieth  century,” which considers the relationship between education, economics and young women’s independence as it was presented to teenage readers of school and college fiction in the first fifty years of the twentieth century. This paper is part of the proceedings at the International Standing Committee on the History of Education (ISCHE) conference held in Buenos Aires.

coverNancy returns to the Camden campus of Rutgers University (where she worked for many years) to give a paper at the biennial conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY). Her paper, “Career Girls and Homemakers: Advice for High School Girls,” explores how the pages of Co-ed magazine served as a source of informal education for American teenage girls in the long 1950s as they began the transition from schoolgirl to career woman or homemaker.


Teenfictions Project featured in University of Winchester Research Gallery

Our project was included in an exhibition showcasing research at the University of Winchester. The exhibit featured in the university’s Research and Engagement Week program.  Information about our project is shown in the center poster in the group below.ResearchPosters

The project also features on a website called Images of Research.images-ofresearch1

Upcoming presentations

November is a busy month for Stephanie and Nancy. They will be presenting separate papers at the annual UK History of Education Society’s annual conference, both drawing on materials related to this project.

Stephanie’s paper is entitled “‘If you want to get ahead get a hat’: Learning to dress for success. Nancy will present a paper called “Engaging the Senses: Co-ed Magazine as a Source of Informal Education.” Both papers will consider sources that provided instruction to teenage girls about fashion and appearance, as well as feminine conduct.

Three days later, the team pair up to offer “The Teen Fictions Project: An Introduction” to members of the Winchester Women Graduates, a branch of the British Federation of Women Graduates and members of the University of Winchester community. The talk is hosted by the Centre for the History of Women’s Education at Winchester.