Call for Papers: Society for the History of Women in the Americas Annual Conference

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Call for Papers
March 29, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Chicana/o History / Studies, Contemporary History, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Society for the History of Women in the Americas Annual Conference


Friday 5th July 2019

University of Reading


The Society for the History of Women in the Americas (SHAW) welcomes proposals for its annual conference, co-organised with the Department of History at the University of Reading.


This year marks 100 years since the US Congress passed the proposed 19th Amendment, sent to states and then ratified in 1920. It also marks 150 years since the Wyoming Constitution gave women the right to vote in 1869.


So, we encourage proposals for papers, panels or roundtables that engage with the themes of women and citizenship and women’s relationship with, and resistance to, the state. We also welcome proposals that engage with ideas about women’s legal personhood, how we think about womanhood, practices of protests, and that encourage us to think beyond binaries. More broadly, we will consider proposals on any theme related to the history of women in the Americas. 


The conference welcomes proposals from academics at any stage of their career, especially graduate students, as well as those active in civil society groups.


We invite 250 word abstracts for papers of 20 minutes length. For full panels and roundtable discussions, please include descriptions of all papers proposed.


Please submit abstracts along with a 100-word biography of each proposed speaker to, by 29th March 2019. Papers chosen for the conference may be selected for inclusion in a special issue of History of Women in the Americas journal subject to peer review.


Financial support for the conference is provided by the University of Reading’s Diversity and Inclusion Fund, and the British Association for American Studies (BAAS).


Contact Info: 

Dr Emily West (Reading), Elizabeth Barnes (Reading), Dr Imaobong Umoren (LSE), Dr Sinead McEneaney (Open University)


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