So much to blog about, so little time when one is writing pointless books about irrelevant (is it redundant to say they’re female?) people that will nevertheless destroy the historical profession! Taking a break from my vulgar colonial schemes to corrupt the history and memory of the eighteenth century, here’s what I found recently in the twenty-first century:
- The pay gap in academia is worse at R-1s, and it starts at the moment of hire. (Good news for those of you at SLACs, CCs, and regional universities! Right?) The intrepid Scott Jaschik reports that “[a]t research universities, even controlling for variables such as discipline and numbers of papers published and other factors, there is an unexplained 9 percent salary gap that favors men.” Whoodathunkit? Only everyone who reads Historiann.com!
- Teh funny: via Notorious Ph.D., a blind-reviewer voodoo doll. I’m going to buy two.
- Tenured Radical explains (with mostly small words that even the ig’nant can understand) why women’s history is important.
- Another Damned Medievalist at Blogenspiel has two posts up about the Berks. One features a primer about how to get ready for the 2011 conference, as well as some compliments about the conference. (I am sure the 2011 Program Committee will be happy to build on the numbers of medieval panels, roundtables, and workshops featured in 2008!) The other post, Transformative Conferences, features a discussion in the comments about the fracas at the panel in honor of Susan Mosher Stuard in Kalamazoo last month, when a man stood up to suggest that perhaps women’s history was too important to be left to women historians! (As if! Yeah, the men were going to get around to women’s history, when a bunch of women showed up and started making trouble and smearing menstrual blood all over the seats at conferences!) Hey, medievalists: I’ve been hearing whispers about this for weeks now–you have to let us Americanists in on the gossip, too! (At least tell Historiann, who remembers Susan Stuard fondly from her undergraduate days, and whose BFF is a medievalist.) I’m glad they did a panel in Stuard’s honor, and what a fitting send-off into retirement was the learned comment by the Venerable Bede there. Nice work, dude!
- Brett Holman offers le dernier mot on this manufactured controversy at Airminded, which reminds me of that old bumper sticker: “Against abortion? Don’t have one.” Don’t like women’s and gender history? Then don’t do it, but STFU! (It seems so obvious, doesn’t it?) Thanks, Brett!
- Knitting Clio schools Hendrik Hertzberg, and calls out a lot of the bullcrap prounouncements on African American history and American women’s history by the ig’nant class of elites who dominate our political discourse. (That cowgirl knows her bullcrap!)
- Oh, and the sexy cowgirl picture? This one is for commenter Fratguy, who I think has a little crush on the cowgirls here at Historiann. Come and get it! (Here’s a close-up; click the top one for a larger view.)