5th Women's West Conference
July 27-29, 2000
Sponsored by the Washington State University History Department Pettyjohn
Endowment and the Coalition for Western Women's History.
Building on the tradition of previous Women's West Conferences (1983, 1984,
1987, 1990), the Fifth Women's West Conference will address the connections
between place and gender, exploring the theme of Gender, Race, Class and
Region in the North American West. We seek to bring together women and men
of different experiences and areas of expertise to discuss scholarship and
ideas, to share creative work, to relax, and to imagine new directions in
western women's histories.
At this conference we want to explore several key questions raised by the
notion of a "women's west."
1. What connects women and place?
2. How are social relationships based on class, race, gender, and sexuality
connected to region?
3. How do issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality structure the
identity of a region?
How individuals define themselves, how they define their regional
identities, and how they identify their regions has varied over time and
space. Consider the relationships between peoples and places in the 1790s
Great Lakes, the 1890s Yukon, the 1680s Sonora, or the 1930s Dust Bowl.
Yet, many of our regional icons exclude these variations and suggest
instead a mythic regional person.
How does our understanding of the West change when we introduce women and
men of all races and classes, when we consider the rich web of private and
public relationships, of private and public power, that connected
westerners? To what extent was the West the same for all Westerners and
at what points did their experiences differ and with what consequences? At
this conference we will look especially at the West as a region, but invite
consideration of other regions as well.
Most of us now agree that regions cannot simply be defined by geography and
ecology, by lines on a map. They are cultural, historical, and social as
well. Region is created in part by the interactions of places and people,
historical relationships that define regions and change them. This
conference will explore the relationships between people and places.
Recognizing that regions are geographic, ecological, political, economic,
and social, we will focus on how gender, race, class, intimacy, and
activism operate and connect in regional contexts.
We invite proposals that address these themes and questions and that help
rechart the boundaries of regions from the perspectives of all the
historical actors. Formal academic paper proposals are welcome (singly or
as a group). So, too, are proposals for workshops, demonstration sessions,
and media presentations. We make a special invitation to women and men
from outside of the academy to participate.
The Conference will include a smaller, embedded symposium that will
concentrate especially on the Pacific Northwest.
Deadline for Proposals: December 1, 1999. Please send 10 copies to address listed below.
Please include the following information:
Name(s), addresses, phone, fax, and e-mail
200-word abstract/summary of paper or presentation
one page vita or brief resume for each participant
If more than one participant, please designate the contact person.
For further details consult the Women's West website shown below.
Annette Atkins, Chair, St. John's University
Elizabeth Jameson, University of Calgary
Susan Johnson, University of Colorado
Yolanda Leyva, University of Texas, San Antonio
Dedra MacDonald, University of New Mexico
Shirley Ann Moore, California State University, Sacramento
Katherine Morrissey, University of Arizona
Alice Yang Murray, University of California, Santa Cruz
Cynthia Orozco, University of New Mexico
Shirley Yee, University of Washington
Women's West Conference
Washington State University
Pullman, Washington 99164-4030
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