The Rural Women's Studies Association invites proposals for papers and panels on all aspects of the lives of rural and farm women, including proposals that develop connections between rural women's history and present-day social and economic concerns. We also encourage papers and sesions have interdisciplinary perspectives, comparative and transnational themes, and that deal with diverse populations.
The conference is dedicated to the memory of Mary Neth (1954-2005), a leading scholar of Midwestern history, rural women's history, and American popular culture, and a cofounder of RWSA. We invite proposals that reflect her influence on the field of rural women's history, and encourage roundtables that include her graduate students and others she mentored.
The conference is being held at the Lancaster Conference Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, October 5-7, 2006. As with past conferences, we will pay attention to the past and present of our conference location. Lancaster County demonstrates in microcosm many of the issues facing rural women and families today. Possible topics might include the roles and experience of women in rural life, suburbia and exurbia; rural tourism and marketing the pastoral; religious minorities in rural settings; sustainable agircultural operations, cooperative ventures, farmers markets; and homework, including crafts and quilts.
RWSA conferences encourage participation by rural women working outside the academic setting, as well as alternative methods of presentation. Workshops, interactive sessions, posters, performances, readings, and audiovisual presentations are welcomed.
Full session proposals are preferred and should include a session abstract or description; a one-page abstract for each paper or presentation, if appropriate to the session format; and a vita or biographical statement for each participant. Individual submissions will also be considered and should include a one-page abstract or description and a vita or biographical statement. Proposals are due by April 12, 2006.
Electronic submissions should be sent to both Anne Effland (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Barbara Steinson (email@example.com), program co-chairs. Please use .rtf format to ease potential software problems.
If electronic submission is not possible, send hard copies of your proposal to both Anne Effland, ERS/USDA, 1800 M St., NW, Rm 5187, Washington, DC, 20036-5831, and Barbara Steinson, Department of History, DePauw University, 200 South Locust Street, Greencastle, IN, 46135. Submissions must be received by April 12, so please allow time for postal delivery, if not using e-mail.
You may also fax your proposal to Anne Effland at (202)694-5824, as a last resort.
Economic Research Service, USDA
1800 M St., NW, Rm 5187
Washington, DC 20036-5831
Fax: (202)694-5824 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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