The 2013 annual conference of the Western Association of Women Historians will be at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon May 16-18. Individual paper and panel proposals are due Friday, September 14! Get your proposals in soon–the CFP and the forms are available here. The call is utterly broad, and remember: you don’t have to live in the U.S. or Canadian West in order to join or participate:
All fields and periods of history are welcome, as are roundtables on issues of interest to the historical profession. In order to foster discussions across national boundaries, we particularly encourage the submission of panels organized along thematic rather than national lines. All proposals will be vetted by a transnational group of scholars, and preference will be given to discussions of any topic across national boundaries. That said, single papers and panel proposals that fall within a single national or regional context will be given full consideration. . . [W]e particularly encourage proposols that include premodern time periods.
Who wouldn’t want a trip to Portlandia to round out the academic year? (Duh!!!) It’s a great place to meet people, network, and feel supported in your work. And this year will feature a very much deserved tribute to the career of Lois Banner. From her faculty bio:
A graduate of UCLA, with a Master’s Degree in European History and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in American history, Lois Banner was a founder of the field of women’s history in the 1970s. Along with Mary Hartman, she founded the Berkshire Conference in Women’s History, the biennial [now triennial] conference that has been held ever since and that is considered the major event in the field. She was the first woman president of the American Studies Association, and in 2006 she won the Bode-Pearson prize of the American Studies Association for Lifetime Achievement in the field.
I know I’m late in posting this CFP, so e-mail me at my uni address if you’d like a nudge or even a little help in shaping up your proposal.