Attending to Early Modern Women: Action and Agency

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Call for Papers
November 15, 2017
United States
Subject Fields: 
Early Modern History and Period Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Literature

Call for proposals for the tenth Attending to Early Modern Women conference, to be held June 14-17, 2018, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The primary theme is "Action and Agency," with the sub-themes confrontation, collectivity, choice, and pedagogy.

The conference will address these themes, posing such questions as: How do we understand the sites and modes of gendered confrontations in the early modern period? What collectivities were possible, then and now, and how and why do they form and fade? How do women imagine choice, and what role does choice or the illusion of choice play in their lives? How can our work as scholars and teachers of a distant period become action?

The conference will retain its innovative format, using a workshop model for most of its sessions to promote dialogue, augmented by a keynote lecture, and a plenary panel on each of the four conference sub-themes. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a pre-conference workshop at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

We welcome proposals for workshop sessions. For more on the conference and directions on how to submit proposals, see the conference website:   Due date for proposals is November 15.

For questions about the conference, please contact Merry Wiesner-Hanks, ATW-2018 Organizing Committee Chair, at


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