Women's History Month book club: Judith Bennett's "History Matters" Part III at Tenured Radical

bennetthistorymatters2Tenured Radical has posted her essay for Part III of our discussion of Judith Bennett’s History Matters, where she discusses premodern history, the academic job market’s bias towards the modern, and Bennett’s call for women’s historians to write more “lesbian-like” history.  The conversation is happening there now, so come on over and join in the fun!  (If you haven’t read them already, see part I by Notorious, Ph.D. here, and see my contribution, part II, here.) 

Sister bloggers, don’t forget TR’s announcement that the Journal of Women’s History wants submissions for their roundtable on “Feminism, Blogging, and the Historical Profession.”  See the CFP after the jump.

Call for Papers:  Feminism, Blogging, and the Historical Profession

Journal of Women’s History

The Journal of Women’s History invites submissions for a roundtable on the emergence of blogging as a location for critical thought among women in the historical profession; historians of women, gender, and sexuality; and feminist scholars who may, or may not be, historians.  Participants may wish to address one or more of the following questions in an abstract of no more than 250 words:  What role does self-publishing on the internet play in a profession where merit is defined by scholarly review and a rigorous editorial process?  What are the intellectual benefits, and/or costs, of blogging?  What are the ethics and consequences of blogging under a pseudonym?  What kinds of electronic acknowledgement already correlate with established scholarly practices; which can be discarded; and which need to be attended to, perhaps more rigorously than in printed publications? If many scholarly publications and organizations have already adopted blogs as a way of spreading news and inviting conversation, is blogging itself developing rules and practices that will inevitably produce intellectual and scholarly hierarchies similar to those that blogging seeks to dismantle?  Does feminist blogging offer particular opportunities for enhanced conversation about race, sexuality, class, and national paradigms, or does it tend to reproduce existing scholarly paradigms and silences within feminist scholarship?  Finally, are new forms of colleagueship and scholarship emerging in the blogosphere?

The roundtable will consist of a short introduction, several essays of 2,000 to 3,000 words, and a concluding comment/response.  Abstracts should arrive no later than July 15, 2009, and can be submitted electronically to Claire Potter at tenured DOT radical AT gmail DOT com.  Final submissions are due October 1, 2009.  Pseudonymous bloggers may publish under their pseudonyms, but must be willing to reveal their identities to the editor of the roundtable and the commenter.  Bloggers based outside the United States are particularly encouraged to contribute.

0 thoughts on “Women's History Month book club: Judith Bennett's "History Matters" Part III at Tenured Radical

  1. I do not blog, but I read this CFP. I think it overlooks one of the most interesting possibilities of blogging. I do not work at an R1 university. Nor do I live in a community with multiple universities. For many years, I was the only person in my entire state trained in my general field (North American women’s history). There are now at least two other scholars in the field in this state, but neither resides within 50 miles of me. The discussions at Historiann provide me with a kind of substitute scholarly community. I have lived in communities and worked at institutions where there were real-world communities of feminist historians, and I know how enriching and, well, reassuring, that can be. I think the CFP misses that whole dimension of blogging by focusing on what it means for the blogger–not on what blogs can mean for the readers. BTW, thanks, Historiann, for fostering such a high level of discussion.


  2. Yeah, there must be a dozen(s) of people who do what I do in this state (Early [North] American/Atlantic History), but the oxygen often gets pretty depleted in this little corner of the tank nevertheless. That’s where the blog comes in for me. I’m not really a blog kind of person, but this one is a pretty essential oxygen source now. So the r/t should maybe have a consumer dimension as well as a producer dimension.


  3. Mamie and Indyanna–I’m sure the sense of community is one of the things many writers will write about. It’s one of the things I think is most important–in my current job, I work with other women’s historians and other early Americanists, but I too once worked in a department and university where I was fairly isolated. For me, the discussions here about other professional issues are the kinds of conversations I don’t have with a wider circle outside of the blog. I really appreciate getting the advice and perspectives of commenters from all over!


  4. Dear Historiann, I am a cultural studies late bloomer in Germany, and your blog keeps opening new doors of insightfulness for me, so I add my voice to the chorus and say thank you for this space. I am awaiting my copy of Bennett as I write.;-))


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