Call for Panelists: Nature and Motherhood for OAH 2019

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Call For Panelists: OAH 2019


Dear all,


We are seeking two to three scholars for a panel on Nature and Motherhood for the 2019 Organization of American Historians annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


The goal of this panel is to examine how the arguments rooted in the rhetoric of "nature" and "natural" have long influenced how maternal practices (defined broadly to include contraception, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and child rearing) have been understood and experienced. Between the late 19th and late 20th centuries, however, understandings of "nature" underwent a series of profound shifts that reflected deep philosophical and political changes in how Americans understood their place in their landscape, and in the world. Over this same period, understandings of motherhood in the U.S. also experienced significant changes in conversation with the rise of the modern healthcare system. This panel will discuss how changes in both these strands of thought and experience impacted what it meant to be a "natural mother" throughout the past 150 years with particular attention to experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and childrearing.  


We’d like to form a panel with scholars from all stages of career, including graduate students of environmental history, women’s history/studies, American studies, and history of science.


Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a one page C.V. to no later than December 6, 2017. We need enough time to select participants, get final abstracts, and submit the panel in its entirety by January 12, 2018.


Thank you!