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Learning to see the power of women: cultural encounters between past and present

Saturday 10 September 2016 10:00-17:30

The Institut francais is delighted to host this one-day long public event as part of the international conference, held at the University of Edinburgh: Recovering women’s past: new epistemologies, new ventures, from 8 to 10 September 2016.

Session 1: 10AM-1PM

Discussing the representation of queens in historiography and films

(Catherine de Medicis, Joan of Navarre, Marie Stuart, Queen Margot, Christina of Sweden, Princess of Monpensier)

With the participation of Prof. Gina Luria Walker (USA), Prof. Suzan Broomhall (AUS), Prof. Mary Spongberg(AUS), Dr Elena Woodacre (UK), Dr Armel Duboit-Nayt (France) and Dr Séverine Genieys-Kirk (UK)

Session 2: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

‘Artistic creations, artistic visions: early modern women, and the making of today’s collective memory’.

Four noted playwrights will discuss their plays in this session at the French Institute. In attendance will be:

  • Anna Birch (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
  • Belgian Playwrights/ actresses Barbara Sylvain and Lula Bery, talking about their play on Marie Suart and Elizabeth I, It’s so nice (2011)
  • Alexandria Patience, talking about her co-authored play on seventeenth-century playwright Aphra Behn, APHRA (1997) and gender equity in theatre
  • Clarissa Palmer, talking about her co-authored play Olympe de Gouges, porteuse d’espoir/ A Beacon of hope (L’Harmattan, 2012).

Please register online here


As the growing interest in early modern women’s cultural, literary and political agency has shown over the last decade, (re)writing history in the hands of feminist scholars is designed not merely to (re-)shape our collective memory and collective imaginary, but also to challenge deeply ingrained paradigms about knowledge production.

For more information about Recovering women’s past: new epistemologies, new ventures, please visit the conference website.


Screening of documentary film "MARCH"
Friday 9 September 18:00 - 20:00
Admission free.

Image: From Angenehme und lehrreiche Erzählungen in Vergnügten Tagen by Madeleine-Angélique de Gomez (Leipzig: J. H. Rüdiger, 1767), frontispiece, vol. 1, (53-8-5698:1) Courtesy of Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig

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