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International Women’s Day: The forgotten heroines and women in history?


A Leeds Beckett academic is hosting a talk exploring forgotten heroines and women in history, to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Helen Dampier

Dr Helen Dampier, senior lecturer in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, is hosting the talk - which is part of the university’s Cultural Conversations series.

The lunchtime talk will focus on Emily Hobhouse’s Letters Project, which is a project currently recovering the letters and networks of Hobhouse (1860-1926).

Hobhouse is a celebrated South African heroine of the South African Boer War, but is largely unknown in Britain.

Dr Dampier said: “My talk will look at the different ways in which Hobhouse has been commemorated in South Africa and Britain, and consider some of the difficulties associated with recovering 'forgotten' women as 'heroines'”

“The topic is of interest because Hobhouse was a really prominent and controversial British humanitarian and social reformer of the early twentieth-century - but she has not been widely remembered in Britain.

“It would suit those interested in women's history, humanitarianism, and South Africa.”

The talk is being held in the Sullivan Room at Leeds Town Hall on 7 March, 12.30-1.30pm. You can book tickets here.

The Leeds Cultural Conversations are a series of lunchtime talks organised by the university’s Centre for Culture and the Arts.

The next talk in the series will be held on 4 April and will be held by Dr Peter Mills, senior lecturer in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, who will be discussing the pull of major artists to Roundhay Park. 

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