Category Archives: Events

Shulie, and the place of the feminist past in the feminist present, by Dr Natalie Thomlinson

‘Sex class is so deep as to be invisible.’ So begins American feminist Shulamith Firestone’s 1970 global blockbuster The Dialectic of Sex. I remember vividly the first time I read it as an undergraduate: I’d certainly encountered feminist texts before, but none … Continue reading

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Twelve Days of Christmas: The Origins

By Professor Helen Parish Once again we have a chance to embrace that particularly delightful seasonal treat, untangling the Christmas fairy lights. If the season of goodwill has barely started before the recriminations and apportioning of blame begin, consider the … Continue reading

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Women’s Voices: From Slavery to the #MeToo Movement – Fairbrother Lecture 2019

The end of the American Civil War offered emancipated African American women the right to bring rape charges against white men for the first time, leading to an escalation in disclosures of sexual violence. In this lecture, History Ph.D. student … Continue reading

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Royal Death and Burial: Reading Abbey in Context

by Prof. Lindy Grant It takes a real effort of the imagination to see the past glory of Reading Abbey, founded in 1121 by King Henry I of England as his intended burial house, in the battered remains surviving today. … Continue reading

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Battleaxes and Benchwarmers’ Trip to Parliament

By Beckie White, 3rd Year Archaeology & History student On Tuesday 12th March 2019, a group of final year History students at the University of Reading took a trip to Parliament. This trip was undertaken by students enrolled on the … Continue reading

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