Reading Women’s History: A Roundtable Discussion about Scholarship on Women’s History in the Americas
Supported by the Society for the History of Women in the Americas (SHAW) and the Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA)
Friday 4th November, 3pm, Institute for the Study of the Americas, Senate House, London, followed by inaugural AGM of SHAW at 5pm
The last forty years have witnessed a huge upsurge in scholarship on women’s and gender history. The publishing world has kept pace with these changes. The number of works detailing and analyzing the lives of women in the past has proliferated to an extent that was unimaginable a generation ago. This roundtable provides an opportunity to discuss these writings and their impact upon our scholarly practice in the twenty-first century. We invite participants to give a short (five-minute) presentation reflecting upon a published work that has significantly affected their approach and perspective. Whether it is a monograph, journal article, review, textbook or edited collection, how has it influenced you and why? What are the broader implications of this work? Our focus is primarily on women’s and gender history in North, South and Central America, but discussion of works with a transnational or global significance are welcome too.
We envisage that this conversation will introduce scholars to key works in other research areas. We hope that sharing key historiographical works in this forum will encourage new dialogues and transnational comparisons. The roundtable will also consider more general issues relating to publishing women’s and gender history, for example, how important is publishing in terms of ‘impact’ and the REF? How can we adapt to the digital age? What are the major gaps in the literature and what are the next big trends? Refreshments (for which we are asking for a £5 donation to cover costs) will follow the discussion, as will the AGM of the Society for the History of Women in the Americas (SHAW), the organisation behind the event.
To register your interest, please email either Jay Kleinberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rachel Ritchie (email@example.com) by Tuesday 4th October 2011. Please also indicate what publication you would like to speak about (this can be changed at a later date if desired).
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