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The Books that Bring Us Together – Seminar One: writing gender and family life

October 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Seminar Series: ‘The Books That Bring US Together’
****NOTE: this is a UK based event – AU time is 6:30 pm October 15****

Family bibles, scrapbook albums, recipe-books, photograph albums, ‘family books’, and similar productions bring together families across time and place to ‘do’ the work of family life.

Through the shared production of identity and material happenings, these joint endeavours provide space to explore boundaries, meanings and affections of family life. Of particular significance is the role inheritance plays, since objects and the stories and emotions associated with them are transmitted through families across time and space. This is a dynamic process in which the objects are themselves undergoing change through writings and re-writings, ephemera, and collage-like additions, to reveal individual contributions to the production of family and identity.

SEMINAR ONE: ‘The Books that Bring Us Together’ – writing gender and family life, Friday 15 October 2021

● Hannah Upton, The Family Bible and The Early Modern Woman Reader
● Sarah O’Brien, Memoir as a site of family work: a case study of Irish immigrant memoirs written in the United States, 1900-1970′
● Rebekah Sloanemather, Works of many hands: Nurses autograph books and military hospital culture in and after WW1′

LOCATION: online event via Zoom – login details will be sent to delegates the day before the event.

Ninety-minute online events via Zoom – registration is required

TIME: 9am – 10.30am UK Time; 6.30pm in October in Australia;

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. If you have problems registering or have any questions about the seminar, please contact

DEADLINE TO REGISTER for this seminar is close of business on Tuesday 12 October 2021.


October 15
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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