Lilith: A Feminist History Journal

Lilith 21 Cover Image by Ana Stevenson

First published in Melbourne in 1984, Lilith is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes articles and reviews in all areas of women’s, feminist and gender history (not limited to Australia or any particular time period). The journal is published on an annual basis.

The journal is produced by a collective of postgraduates and early career researchers from across the globe, along with a distinguished Editorial Advisory Board of leading scholars in the field.

Tables of contents for back issues are available here.

Lilith articles can be downloaded through Informit, EBSCO and ANU Press.



Journal Cover Image by Ana Stevenson

Gender and Joy in History Symposium – Call for Papers

ACU Melbourne, Wednesday 27-Thursday 28 September 2023

‘Gender and Joy in History’ is a symposium aimed at counterposing the common scholarly focus on catastrophe and crisis of recent years. Lilith now calls for scholars in all areas of gender and feminist history to consider questions about how women, feminists and gender diverse people have found joy, strength, resilience, inspiration, love, happiness and transcendence in the past.

Possible themes of the Lilith 2023 symposium include (not exhaustively): feminist humour of the past, women’s historical empowerment, radical feminine lives of the past, women’s positive influence on the historical profession, the history of women strength athletes, as well as histories concerned with Indigenous women’s resilience, joyful feminist activism, the pleasures of gendered ageing, teen girls’ self-esteem, the joys of motherhood, gender and sexuality in transcendental and religious experience, histories of sexual self-acceptance and exuberance, joy in the lives of gender diverse people, the role of feminine and queer friendships, and historical sources of feminist, queer and transgender inspiration.

The Lilith Editorial Collective invites proposals for 20-minute papers that reflect on and  explore these themes and more. We welcome contributions from scholars from any discipline engaging with the historical past, either recent or distant, in Australasia or in any world culture, inclusive of cultural, intellectual, social, political, global, queer, postcolonial and other all other styles of historical inquiry, and inclusive of all forms of gender and feminist frames in history. We particularly encourage postgraduate and early career researchers to submit proposals.

The symposium will be held at the ACU Melbourne campus in Fitzroy over Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 September 2023, with zoom and in-person presentation options available for both domestic and international speakers.

Keynote speakers will be Dr Yves Rees, Lecturer in History at Latrobe, writer and podcaster; and Professor Katie Barclay, Head of Historical and Classical Studies and Director of the Fay Gale Centre in Gender Studies at the University of Adelaide.

This event is generously sponsored by the Gender and Women’s History Research Centre at the Australian Catholic University.




Postal address:
Lilith: A Feminist History Journal
C/O Assoc. Prof. Alison Downham Moore
School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Western Sydney University
Penrith NSW 2751