Call for Papers
The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians is holding its 17th conference, Difficult Conversations: Thinking and Talking about Women, Genders, and Sexualities Inside and Outside the Academy at Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y., June 1–4, 2017.
The Berkshire Conference interprets this overarching theme broadly, inviting submissions for an array of engaging and interactive presentations intended to generate conversations across time, fields, methodologies, and geographic borders; across races, classes, sexualities and gender identities; between academic and public historians, activists, artists and performers. Berkshire is especially keen to attract participants from around the globe and scholars of time periods and geographic fields that have been underrepresented at the Berkshire Conference.
Conference organizers want to bring special attention to Track 14, which focuses on work and working conditions as well as research:
14. Work Cultures/Work Realities: The Academy and Beyond
This track seeks individual papers, panels, or roundtable sessions on issues or themes relevant to the work (broadly defined) we do. We hope to generate informed conversation about pedagogy, but also working conditions—for those working in any capacity in higher educational institutions as well as those in other settings. Given the service burdens in the academy that fall particularly heavily on women and people of color, how do we see that such contributions are valued? Do we need to redefine teaching and service as intellectual endeavors? Is it necessary to change dominant understandings of scholarship? How would we set about doing these tasks? These issues are particularly timely given attacks on university employees and the questions raised by politicians, parents, and students about the “value” or “utility” of history?
They are also important in light of those scholars, including public historians, public intellectuals, and digital humanists whose contributions often cannot be measured by “traditional” categories.
Other difficult conversations are to be had on how historians in various settings (schools, universities, non-profits, for-hire) can work together. We also seek to address how scholarship and work are married beyond the academy. How can one be a historian and work, for example, in non-academic settings? What does it mean to be an Alt-Ac, public historian, or history-informed activist in 2017?
Proposal deadline: Jan 15, 2016