Gender and Society: Explorations, Discoveries, and Revelations in a Gendered World

Deadline for submission June 15, 2008

Gender and Society: Explorations, Discoveries, and Revelations in a Gendered World
Call for Papers: Great Lakes History Conference
October 17th and 18th, 2008

The 33rd annual Great Lakes History Conference, sponsored by Grand
Valley State University, will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on
October 17th and 18th, 2008. All fields of history as well as other
disciplines are invited to submit proposals related to this year’s
theme: Gender and Society: Explorations, Discoveries, and Revelations in
a Gendered World. We invite scholars from a wide range of fields and
disciplines to exchange ideas and research on this topic. We also
welcome panels on innovative ways of teaching this year’s theme to
students at every level.

We are pleased to announce two very distinguished keynote speakers for
this year’s conference, both of whom have authored numerous significant
publications in the field of gender history. Judith P. Zinsser is a
Professor in Women’s Studies at Miami University, a former President of
the World History Association, and representative at the United Nations
World Councils. Her most recent book is La Dame d’Esprit: a Biography
of the Marquise Du Châtelet (Viking 2006). Our second keynote speaker
is Bonnie S. Anderson, who is Broeklundian Professor of History at
Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Her most recent book, Joyous Greetings: The First International Women’s
Movement 1830-1860 (Oxford UP, 2000), demonstrates how early radical
feminists in Britain, France, German and the USA came together to form
the world’s first international women’s movement. Judith Zinsser and
Bonnie Anderson co-authored the 1988 classic A History of Their Own:
Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present, a publication whose
twentieth anniversary will be celebrated and recognized at this year’s
Great Lakes History Conference.

We welcome individual papers and arranged panels addressing this year’s
topic. We encourage comparative work across regions and chronological
boundaries. The conference will be organized around themes that have
dominated recent scholarship. If you are interested in presenting a
paper, please send an abstract of approximately 200 words and a
curriculum vitae by June 15, 2008. Please include your address, email,
and phone number. Those interested in commenting on a session should
send a CV and indicate areas of expertise. Papers must take no longer
than 30 minutes in a 2-paper session or 20 minutes in a 3-paper session.
Sessions will last 90 minutes.

Conference headquarters will be at the L.V. Eberhard Center of Grand
Valley State University in downtown Grand Rapids. Hotel accommodations
will be available at the Days Hotel of Grand Rapids, which is across the
street from the Eberhard Center. The conference is within easy walking
distance of museums and restaurants. Grand Rapids is served by most
major and regional airlines.

Please address all inquiries and abstracts to:
Dr. Craig Benjamin or Dr. Scott Stabler

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