[SEMINAR] Room for Food, Spaces for Eating @MMUSpecial

This afternoon I enjoyed a couple of hours looking at/hearing about 19th C recipe books, and what these tell us about the aspirations (not the realities) of those living then, and then art produced in response to women’s lived lives in that era, at the MMU Special Collections reading room and gallery. [View the story “Room for Food, Spaces for Eating @MMUSpecial” on Storify] Second World War Posters Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Continue Reading →

Domesticating the Airways

Looks like an interesting book: This book sets out to retell the history of the intimate relationship between broadcasting and domesticity. Set against a backdrop of changing social relations from the 1930s to the present day, it looks at some of the ways in which radio and television in the UK have represented the home to listeners and viewers encountering their programmes in domestic space. This story of a public medium negotiating its reception in Continue Reading →

Men/Women Learn Apart?

Just thought this was interesting, as an academic from Manchester Business School ‘reluctantly’ concludes from his research that we should consider segregating men/women in learning because of their different learning styles. “Personality differences aren’t aptitude, they’re just differences in…the way you behave,” he said. “It’s not that one personality is better than the other, it just tends to fit people better to certain situations.” Read full article, and some interesting comments coming through too. drbexl Continue Reading →

K.L.Parker: ‘Women MPs, Feminism and Domestic Policy in the Second World War’

Parker, K.L. ‘Women MPs, Feminism and Domestic Policy in the Second World War’ D.Phil completed, 1994. Oxford University Abstract: This thesis examines the role of women MPs in framing domestic policy, perceptions of gender roles, and feminism during the Second World War. Revising questions posed by previous studies, it explores how the women MPs defined ’emancipation’ for women, the terms under which they were willing to advance gender-based claims, and the forces which affected their Continue Reading →

Lucy Noakes: ‘Gender and British National Identity in Wartime: A Study of the Links between Gender and National Identity in Britain in the Second World War, the Falklands War and the Gulf War’

Noakes, L. ‘Gender and British national identity in wartime: a study of the links between gender and national identity in Britain in the Second World War, the Falklands War and the Gulf War.’ D.Phil. thesis completed 1996, Sussex University Particular use is made of Mass-Observation. This focuses on the representation of men and women as wartime citizens on the public stage. Considers how ideas from the Second World War were re-appropriated for later wars. The Continue Reading →

Case Study: Gendered Images

In a post-feminist age, one could argue that there should also be a chapter devoted to the way that men were depicted and appealed to in posters, but these are generally not relevant to the Home Front, with most posters aimed at men designed to get them to enlist in the services. With the war no longer fought in faraway territories, women were involved firsthand in warfare for the first time. The Government tried to Continue Reading →