Interdisciplinary Symposium: Gertrude Bell: Her Life, Work, and Legacy


Gertrude Bell: Her Life, Work, and Legacy

Interdisciplinary Symposium

Wednesday 19 April 2017

Newcastle University

Call for Papers


Traveller, archaeologist, cartographer, interpreter, photographer, writer, kingmaker and official correspondent of the Arab Bureau during the First World War, Gertrude Bell occupied a wide variety of roles during her life. She was appointed Oriental Secretary under Sir Percy Cox in 1917, and her expertise in the geography of the Middle East led to her involvement in the Cairo Conference of 1921, in which she played a central role in the formation of modern Iraq.

This interdisciplinary symposium will showcase research on any aspect of Bell’s life, work, and legacy. We welcome and encourage papers from a range of fields, including, but not limited to: History, Archaeology, Politics, Literature, Geography, and Architecture. 

Please send abstracts of 150 words for

20-minute papers to: by Friday 24 March 2017.


Attendance at this event is free of charge, and refreshments will be provided.

The event is supported by the Gender Research Group at Newcastle University.


Organisers: Dr Emma Short & Dr Mark Jackson



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