The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study invites applications to its second annual Summer Seminar on Gender History, June 22–27, 2008. Plenary lectures by distinguished historians will examine the gender dynamics of political and social movements from the 1960s to the present in the United States, and seminar participants in small workshop groups will share and discuss their own research and writing on this topic. Established scholars, writers, and advanced graduate students in US history, gender studies, and related fields are welcome to apply by March 20, 2008.
Grassroots organizing surged in the 1960s and 1970s across the political spectrum, from identity-based liberation movements, to environmentalism, to the New Right. Every movement had gender aims or aspects of its own. The week’s lectures and discussions will probe the historical linkages, the intersections and conflicts, and the consequences of various movements. The program will pursue what we can learn about gender history by examining the historical trajectories and transformations of these diverse movements for political and social change, which began just as feminists were redefining the meaning of the political.
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