Gender and Society: Explorations, Discoveries, and Revelations in a Gendered World
Call for Papers: Great Lakes History Conference
October 17th and 18th, 2008
The 33rd annual Great Lakes History Conference, sponsored by Grand Valley State University, will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 17th and 18th, 2008. All fields of history as well as other disciplines are invited to submit proposals related to this year’s theme: Gender and Society: Explorations, Discoveries, and Revelations in a Gendered World. We invite scholars from a wide range of fields and disciplines to exchange ideas and research on this topic. We also welcome panels on innovative ways of teaching this year’s theme to students at every level.
We are pleased to announce two very distinguished keynote speakers for this year’s conference, both of whom have authored numerous significant publications in the field of gender history. Judith P. Zinsser is a Professor in Women’s Studies at Miami University, a former President of the World History Association, and representative at the United Nations World Councils. Her most recent book is La Dame d’Esprit: a Biography of the Marquise Du Châtelet (Viking 2006). Our second keynote speaker is Bonnie S. Anderson, who is Broeklundian Professor of History at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her most recent book, Joyous Greetings: The First International Women’s Movement 1830-1860 (Oxford UP, 2000), demonstrates how early radical feminists in Britain, France, German and the USA came together to form the world’s first international women’s movement. Judith Zinsser and Bonnie Anderson co-authored the 1988 classic A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present, a publication whose twentieth anniversary will be celebrated and recognized at this year’s Great Lakes History Conference.
We welcome individual papers and arranged panels addressing this year’s topic. We encourage comparative work across regions and chronological boundaries. The conference will be organized around themes that have dominated recent scholarship. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send an abstract of approximately 200 words and a curriculum vitae by June 15, 2008. Please include your address, email, and phone number. Those interested in commenting on a session should send a CV and indicate areas of expertise. Papers must take no longer than 30 minutes in a 2-paper session or 20 minutes in a 3-paper session. Sessions will last 90 minutes.
Conference headquarters will be at the L.V. Eberhard Center of Grand Valley State University in downtown Grand Rapids. Hotel accommodations will be available at the Days Hotel of Grand Rapids, which is across the street from the Eberhard Center. The conference is within easy walking distance of museums and restaurants. Grand Rapids is served by most major and regional airlines.
Please address all inquiries and abstracts to:
Dr. Craig Benjamin or Dr. Scott Stabler
Dr. Scott Stabler
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive, 1060A Mackinac Hall
Allendale, MI 49401
Fax: 616-331-3776 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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