School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

The Mary Wollstonecraft Annual Lecture

Mary Wollstonecraft: Life, Work and Legacy Conference

March 8 2017 (International Women’s Day)

9.30am - 5.00pm. All welcome - book here.

The Mary Wollstonecraft Annual Public Lecture 2017

Wine Reception: 5.00pm
Lecture: 6.00pm - 7.00pm

The Guildhall, Lowgate, Hull, HU1 2AA
All welcome - admission free (no booking required)

As part of the celebrations for Hull as UK City of Culture 2017 the University of Hull is hosting an interdisciplinary celebration of the life, work and legacy of the political theorist and activist Mary Wollstonecraft. (1759-1797). Wollstonecraft is most famous for her 1792 A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, the first feminist political text. She also wrote novels, travel writing and other works of political philosophy. Her life, Virginia Woolf suggested was ‘an experiment’. She mixed with fellow radicals and was in Paris to witness key events of the French revolution. In the words of the new edition of the Vindication, in the Penguin books Great Ideas series, she is one of ‘the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilisation and helped make us who we are’.

Mary Wollstonecraft spent her formative years in East Yorkshire (from the ages of nine to fifteen), longer than anywhere else in her life. It is said to be the only place she remembered with any affection. Initially the family farmed at Walkington, outside Beverley, but three years later took a house in the town centre.

Wollstonecraft has been honoured by the University since 2008 by an annual lecture named after her.

Conference Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Janet Todd OBE : distinguished biographer of Wollstonecraft ,whose books include:Mary Wollstonecraft : A Revolutionary Life, and The Complete Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft.
  • Dr. Sandrine Berges , Wollstonecraft expert and lecturer in philosophy at Bilkent University, whose publications include The Routledge Guidebook to Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 2013
  • Caroline Criado Perez : OBE , prominent campaigner for the memorialisation of women
  • Roberta Wedge, spokesperson for the high profile Mary on the Green campaign for the memorialisation of Mary Wollstonecraft.

Mary Wollstonecraft Annual Public Lecture Speakers

  • Professor Michèle Le Doeuff: one of the most important contemporary feminist philosophers. Her works includeThe Philosophical Imaginary, Hipparchia's Choice and The Sex of Knowing


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Conference registration

£10, payable at registration on day (free to students). Places are limited.

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  • Hull University City of Culture
  • Annette Fitzsimons Memorial Fund
  • Centre for Gender Studies University of Hull
  • Journal of Gender Studies
  • School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, University of Hull
  • Royal Institute of Philosophy
  • Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies, University of Hull
  • Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP UK)
  • The Roberts Fund
  • Waterstone’s bookshop University of Hull
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