We are seeking a third panelist for the 2011 Big Berks conference.
Given the conference's focus on 'Generations', we are framing the panel in two ways: first, focusing on the overlooked generation of women following the American Revolution and yet preceding the more formal political activism of the mid-nineteenth century. Secondly, conceptualizing a cohort of women who 'generated' an important conversation about women, religion, and politics by pushing the boundaries of accepted activities and identities for women in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
At present, we have one presenter working on Hannah Barnard, an 18th-century Quaker minister turned out of the Society of Friends for her "extreme" pacifist and feminist views. A second panelist will speak about Dorothy Ripley, a Methodist minister who traveled North America combining religious and political activism. We also have a chair and commenter in place.
We are open to any work relating to the religious expressions and experiences of women in the late 18th- or early 19th- centuries, though we would particularly welcome work on the Shakers or Jemima Wilkinson.
If you are interested in participating, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
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