Women’s History: Where next?
A roundtable to mark Women’s History Month 2011
Wednesday 30th March 2011, 2pm, Brunel University
The exciting and varied range of events planned for Women’s History Month 2011 attest to the subject’s seemingly sustained development. While many researchers continue to produce pioneering and thought-provoking work, the commercial success of films as diverse as The Duchess and Made in Dagenham – as well as the enormous popularity of the V&A’s 2010 Quilts exhibition – indicates a growing public awareness of, and interest in, the history of women. At the same time, however, the field of women’s history faces many challenges. What will be the impact of funding cuts on the subject? Does women’s history still occupy a ghetto in many undergraduate degree programs – and if so, why? And does the development of gender history spell the end for women’s history as we know it?
Coming at the end of Women’s History Month, this roundtable provides a forum for exploring these questions and many others confronting historians who study women. As well as inviting attendees to share in a general discussion, we are looking for participants willing to give five-minute presentations. These presentations may focus on their experiences of researching or teaching women’s history or explore some of the issues involved in women’s history. Alternatively, presenters may choose to reflect the development of women’s history by outlining their current projects. Through both presentations and discussion, we can survey current challenges, difficulties and opportunities, addressing the central question: where next for women’s history?
To register your interest, please email either Jay Kleinberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rachel Ritchie (email@example.com). If you are willing to give a presentation at the event, please include a brief abstract.
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