Performing Industrial Labour at War: ‘Waveless’ Feminist Inquiry into Women in Engineering

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


This paper embraces a notion of ‘waveless’ feminism, challenging shifts in an evolution of feminist theory. The focus is on the women struggle over their positionality in the context of industrial labour during the First and the Second World War, and subsequently, their campaigning to recognize women’s contribution in the engineering professional field.

The paper draws on archival material to discuss the representational interplay between gender and performance in the context of the Tongland Works of the Galloway Engineering Company, built during the First World War in Scotland. The presentation includes a video recording by FVS.
Period11 Mar 2021
Event titleCo-chair Cross- Panel Paper session: Feminist-inspired Activist Imaginaries for Making Change: Social Making, Legacies and Methodological Framings at IUAES2020 CONGRESS ŠIBENIK, CROATIA 2021
Event typeConference
LocationSibenik , CroatiaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • weavelessness
  • feminist theory
  • feminist histories
  • engineering careers
  • women in engineering