Transatlantic Perspectives on American Women’s History

Call for Papers:

Brunel University’s Centre for American, Transatlantic and Caribbean History (CATCH) is organising a one-day conference on 7th June 2008 to discuss transatlantic perspectives on American women’s history. The conference will reflect on the contours of American’s women’s history research today, particularly amongst scholars and postgraduates working and studying in the UK, although papers are also welcome from those researching in the United States and elsewhere. The conference will include two plenaries. One will be given by Professor Jay Kleinberg, Director of CATCH and an editor of the recently published: The Practice of US Women’s History: Narratives, Intersections and Dialogues, who will address US women’s history practice and practitioners in the UK. Professor of Women’s and American Studies at the University of Kansas, Ann Schofield, will discuss transatlantic approaches to American women’s and gender history.

The conference will consist of discussion panels, chaired by historians such as Dr. Inge Dornan (Brunel), where panellists will summarise the arguments of their pre-circulated papers and questions will follow. There will also be poster sessions where postgraduates and others can outline their research projects. The conference organisers are aware of the need for greater discussion of American women’s history within the United Kingdom where innovative research is taking place. It is hoped that the papers will be published and that a network and an annual conference will be established as outcomes of this conference.

Themes of the conference could include but are not limited to:

Ethnicity and Race,

Class and Labour,


Life cycles: Aging and Family,

Growing Up Female,

Social Movements,

Gender vs. Women’s History,

Feminist History and Activism,

Women and Education,

Female Occupations,

Women and War.

Papers are welcome from established academics, early career scholars and postgraduates. There will be no charge for the conference which will be held at Brunel University in Uxbridge, Middlesex. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please submit a 300 word abstract by April 15th to the conference secretary, Rachel Cohen, at

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