Fourteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women
Continuities and Changes
June 12-15, 2008 – Conference Homepage
The 14th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, “Continuities and Changes” will be held June 12-15, 2008, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, USA. The theme points us to perennial historical issues in two ways. First, after the past forty years of pathbreaking and creative scholarship, is women’s history characterized by deep continuities over the very long term, or can we identify sharp turning points? What are the appropriate markers for change in women’s history? Is a traditional timeline of history, periodized by political regimes and cultural revolutions, useful for understanding women’s lives? Or should women’s historians propose a new periodization for human history? A second dimension of our theme looks to the continuities and changes of our interpretations of women’s history: how has the field changed? What (if any) have been persistent themes, issues or interpretations? How has interdisciplinary scholarship shaped women’s history, and how has women’s history contributed to discussions in other fields? What issues, challenges, and opportunities are posed by public history or classroom (at any level) audiences?
The Program Committee welcomes proposals from scholars who attempt to evaluate their research in light of these broader questions. We encourage submissions in all historical fields, geographical and temporal: our theme will best be addressed by ensuring our conversation covers the widest possible intellectual territory. We also welcome submissions that address sources and methodology, and panels that are broadly comparative in both time and place. We invite proposals for a variety of formats: two-paper or three-paper panels, roundtables, and workshops, as well as applications to participate in seminars. Individual paper proposals are also accepted. Funding may be available for some international panelists.
Paper proposals and applications to participate in seminars are due by midnight, February 1, 2007.