The Maine Women Writers Collection of the University of New England invites proposals for individual papers or thematic sessions on the "Complex Web of Women's Friendships" for an interdisciplinary conference to be held June 20-22, 2002 in Portland, Maine. We seek submissions that explore how women's friendships have helped them or others to cross barriers constructed by race, ethnicity, or class. Papers should go beyond exploring particular friendships to explore the understandings, opportunities, or experiences that the friendships enable. While we encourage papers that examine the complexity of race, ethnicity or class, submissions may broadly define the divisions crossed to include topics as diverse as colonial borders and disciplinary boundaries.
We welcome papers that explore pedagogical or methodological issues. We encourage participation from educators of all levels, as well as librarians, archivists, or others interested in women's friendships.
For individual papers, send a one-page abstract and short c.v. Session proposals include a description of session theme, abstracts for each paper, plus cv and full contact information for all participants.
Dr. Elizabeth De Wolfe University of New England, Dept. of History & Politics 11 Hills Beach Road Biddeford, ME 04005.
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