Big, big news: my pal Terri Snyder at Cal State Fullerton is convening a workshop on “Women in Early America” next spring. This is the sixth annual workshop at the Huntington Library jointly sponsored by the William and Mary Quarterly and the University of Southern California-Huntington Library Early Modern Studies Institute. I can say from my experience at the “Territorial Crossings: Histories and Historiographies of the Early Americas” workshop in May of 2009 that participants are wined, dined, and put up in style. From the call for papers:
Participants will attend a two-day meeting at the Huntington Library on May 27–28, 2011, to discuss a precirculated chapter-length portion of their current work in progress along with the work of other participants. Subsequently, the convener will write an essay elaborating on the issues raised in the workshop for publication in the William and Mary Quarterly. . . .
As the work of a new generation of women’s historians surged to the forefront of the historical profession in the 1970s, studies on planters’ wives, republican mothers, and female slaves, to give only three examples, reshaped fundamental assumptions and practices of early American history. In the ensuing decades, research on women has multiplied, focusing on politics, legalities, and religion among the factors governing women’s lives, on the textures of their roles in families, and on the systems of race, class, and labor that shaped women’s experiences from the beginning of the colonial era to ca. 1820. Simultaneously, the study of early American women evolved into the analysis of gender and sexuality. In the process, an explicit analytic and even topical focus on women has seemed to fade. To reflect on the current state of the field, we wish, to paraphrase Mary Ritter Beard, to return to the question of women as a force in early American history.
The organizers invite proposals from scholars who focus on the study of women in early North America. We encourage proposals for papers that introduce new research agendas and/or reflect on the current practice of women’s history. Where are women at the centers and on the margins of early America, whether familial, geographic, legal, political, or sexual? How do women’s experiences intersect with ideas of class, race, and status? In what ways does the range of women’s experiences shape global, borderlands, and local perspectives? What theoretical, conceptual, and methodological approaches best frame early American women’s history today? What are the future directions for early American women’s history?
Don’t forget: Mexico and Central America are in fact in North America. The Caribbean is North America. All of Canada is North America. Colorado, New Mexico, California, Wisconsin, Michigan, and all of the other 45 U.S. states are in North America. (I think Hawai’i counts here for the purposes of this conference.) They’re not just looking for Anglo-American goodwives on the Atlantic littoral, friends.
Here are the directions for application:
The WMQ-EMSI workshop is intended to encourage the work of midcareer scholars working on second or subsequent research projects, though we will consider exceptional proposals from post-Ph.D. junior scholars. Proposals for workshop presentations should include a brief abstract (250 words) describing the applicant’s current research project, an equally brief discussion of the particular methodological or historiographical issues they are engaging (which will be circulated to all participants along with the chapter or essay), and a short c.v. The organizers especially encourage proposals from midcareer scholars. Proposals may be submitted online at the conference Web site (http://oieahc.wm.edu/conferences/workshops/cfp/index.cfm) or by email to Kelly Crawford (kscraw<AT>wm.edu) by October 15, 2010. All submissions will be acknowledged by email. Questions may be directed to Christopher Grasso, Editor, William and Mary Quarterly, at cdgras<AT>wm.edu.