CfP: Sexuality/Gender and Assimilation (Event: „Big Berks“ 05/2014); DL: –

Berkshire Conference on Women’s History, Toronto, Canada, May 22-25, 2014, Website

Call for panelists from Erica J. Ryan: I am putting together a panel for the 2014 Berkshire Conference on Women’s History in Toronto. I plan to propose a panel focused on ways that, historically, understandings of or ideas about sexuality and gender play a role in assimilating outsiders into the national culture.

We have one paper that examines the sexual and gendered nature of attempts to assimilate immigrant children into American political culture in the 1920s, and one that considers how the spread of the U.S. educational system redefined womanhood in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Philippines, as part of the process of politically assimilating those new overseas possessions in the first few decades of the 20th century.

I am seeking one more panelist, preferably someone who focuses on gender/sex and assimilation into a national culture not yet represented here. Please send a short abstract of your paper and a brief bio or CV. Mail to

I am also seeking a commentator for the panel–anyone interested please send a brief bio or CV to

Submission deadline for the conference is January 15th, so please be prepared to write up a formal abstract by then. Apologies for cross-listing. Thank you–I look forward to hearing from you.

Erica J. Ryan
Assistant Professor
History Department
Rider University
2083 Lawrenceville Rd.
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
p. (609) 895-5452