Women and Gender Historians of the Midwest Announce the Sixth Biennial Conference on June 12 and 13, 2014
"Activism, Feminism and Philanthropy"
At the end of the 19th and through the first half of the 20th century, such women as Lou Hoover embraced professional and philanthropic careers focused on causes of social concern. Maternal and child health and welfare, studies in juvenile delinquency, voting rights, access to education, and women’s civic engagement are but a few of the problems these women addressed through their work. For some bold and defiant characters, open and aggressive activism provided the avenues they followed to correct the ills they wished to target. Alice Paul, Margaret Sanger, Emma Goldman intrepidly worked to advance their causes drawing censure and opprobrium. Other women resorted to less aggressive, but no less effective, methods to advance the work they hoped would bring a better world. These women worked through philanthropic channels. It could be argued that all were motivated by philanthropy. Indeed, for many their activism was their philanthropic work and vice versa.
WGHOM invites proposals the for panels, round table discussions, poster sessions and individual papers that explore the various paths women take with their activism to accomplish their ends. We acknowledge the importance of philanthropy in the lives of Lou Hoover and President Herbert Hoover as we include the Hoover Presidential Library as one of our host sites. We are pleased to also include the Iowa Women’s Archives as a host site for our conference. The principal conference venue is the hotelVetro Conference Center, Iowa City, Iowa, adjacent to the University of Iowa campus. The conference will open with a welcoming reception on Wednesday evening and the formal conference will take place Thursday, June 12 and Friday 13, 2014.
This conference seeks to bring together academics, teachers, librarians, activists, archivists, students and the public to explore the conference themes. We encourage not only the presentation of research by academics, graduate students and undergraduates, but also participation from teachers, librarians, archivists, activists, and public historians that speak to the question of gender history. Possible additional themes or presentations might include the following:
--Activism broadly defined (social, political, cultural, economic)
--Documentary projects, oral histories or new available resources relating to revolutions
--Activism and Gender
--Local activism and gender dynamics
The deadline for submission of proposals, consisting of an abstract (500 words or less) and one-page résumé/c.v., is Saturday, February 1, 2014. For full panels or roundtables, please have one contact person submit the materials for the group. Send proposals via email to the program committee in care of Carmen Hernandez (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you should have any questions prior to submitting your proposal, please email Dr. Lisa Payne Ossian (email@example.com).
Dr. Lisa Payne Ossian
Des Moines Area Community College
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