IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1444: Noblewomen Pushing the Boundaries: A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 19.00-20.00

Organisers:Harriet Kersey, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Charlotte Pickard, Centre for Continuing & Professional Education, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Harriet Kersey, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University

Women frequently had to negotiate the boundaries between society’s expectations and their lived experience – at times working against the roles traditionally ascribed to them. Noblewomen occupied a unique position in society which, arguably, afforded them greater agency and access to power. And yet, they too had to navigate boundaries, often pushing beyond what was perceived to be the norm. This round table seeks to address the multifaceted ways in which noblewomen pushed these boundaries and acted in ways that were beyond their stereotypical roles and expectations.

Participants include Emma Cavell (Swansea University), Sue Johns (Bangor University), Amy Livingstone (Ball State University), Charlotte Pickard (Cardiff University), and Emily J. Ward (University of Cambridge).