Call for Papers, Berkshire Conference on Women’s History


Histories on the Edge/Histoires sur la brèche

Toronto: May 22-25, 2014    Proposals due: January 15, 2013

The sixteenth Berkshire Conference on Women’s History will be held in Toronto on May 22-25, 2014. The University of Toronto will host the first Canadian “Big Berks” in collaboration with co-sponsoring units and universities in Toronto and across Canada.

Within the conference’s subtheme of: Bodies, Health, Medical Technologies, and Science, we are organizing one, or possibly two, panels on Women and Science. This can be broadly interpreted as the gendered history of the scientific professions; as well as women’s encounters with technologies, including pharmaceuticals, diagnostic tools and therapeutics, and old and new reproductive technologies and procedures.

We are endeavouring to build a panel across national boundaries, with papers ranging from the pre-modern (ancient, medieval, early modern) periods to recent history. As a forum dedicated to encouraging innovative, cross-disciplinary scholarship, and transnational conversation, we invite submissions from graduate students, international scholars, independent scholars, filmmakers, educators, curators, artists, activists, and welcome a variety of perspectives.

This panel is being sponsored by the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, an international, cross-disciplinary journal which publishes in English and French. Successful submissions will be considered for a special issue of the Bulletin.

Individual Papers: The submission file should include your name, paper title, and a 250-word abstract.  Please also submit a short c.v.

Submissions and queries should be sent to:

Cheryl Krasnick Warsh, PhD
Professor of History
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 5S5
Phone:  250-753-3245 x. 2113 (teaching office)
                                     x. 2016 (research suite)
Fax:      250-740-6459

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