New Call for Panels: Various Events


Call for Panels

2011 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women (Web)

  • CfPanelists: Secularism, Religion, and Women’s Rights; DL: –
  • CF Panelists: Popular Culture and Sexuality; DL: –

American Historical Association (AH) Conference (Web)

  • CfPanelists: „Reconsidering Futurism“; DL: 15.03.2010

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CfPanelists: Secularism, Religion, and Women’s Rights

We would like to propose a panel on the interplay of secularism, religion, and women’s rights for the 2011 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women.  We seek an additional 1-2 panelists. Postcolonial scholarship has underscored the ways in which religion has been vital in the formation of national identity, not only in the colonized world, but in the allegedly secular and modern „West.“ How have notions of religion and secularism shaped the movements for women’s rights? This panel seeks to address these debates, ideally from an international perspective.  One paper will analyze the ways in which freethought principles shaped the life and work of U.S. women’s rights activist Helen Hamilton Gardener.

Between 1884 and 1897, Gardener published several books and countless articles encouraging women to question (and reject) Christian orthodoxy, and she later played a key role in the passage of the 19th Amendment.  Professor Kathi Kern, University of Kentucky, will serve as discussant.  If you would like to participate in this panel, please email Kimberly Hamlin at  Scholars working on non-U.S. topics are especially encouraged to submit abstracts.

Kimberly A. Hamlin, PhD
Assistant Professor of American Studies and History
Miami University
125 MacMillan Hall
Oxford, OH 45056

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CfPanelists: Popular Culture and Sexuality

I’m looking for panelists for the Berks next summer on topics related to popular culture and sexuality. My work looks at Elvis Presley’s impact on developing teenage sexuality in the 1950s. Work on Michael Jackson would be a good contemporary fit, for example. Any one else interested in this tantalizing topic? If so, write me at

Sandy Schackel

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CFP:  „Reconsidering Futurism“, January 2011 AHA/SIHS Panel


We are planning a panel for the 2011 American Historical Association convention in  Boston entitled „Reconsidering Futurism“.  If approved, it would appear under the  auspices of the Society for Italian Historical Studies.

On the hundredth anniversary of Futurism in 2009 there were a number of conferences,  exhibits, and symposia that celebrated the event.  Often times, however, much of the  attention was focused on extolling the cultural influence of the movement and the  emphasis was on the period of ?First? or ?Heroic? Futurism.

We are looking for papers that specifically question the standard notions of any aspect of Futurism and promote new areas of research.  Thus, we envision each speaker providing  a very brief overview of the existing state of the literature in their specific area of  expertise in addition to presenting their particular contributions to Futurist studies.  We welcome submissions dealing with all elements of Futurism, but encourage papers dealing  with ?Second? Futurism (ca. 1920-1944).

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • political Futurism and its specific connections to Fascism
  • biographies of the leading Futurists
  • how Futurist women challenged/appropriated/shaped the Futurist message
  • Futurist reaction to the role of the Church under the Fascist regime
  • Futurism and the Race Laws
  • the role of dissident and/or left-wing Futurists under the Fascist regime
  • how Futurists were viewed from abroad
  • the political context of Futurist art and/or Futurism?s many other cultural initiatives (Cucina futurista, Naturismo, etc.)

Please send a 250 word abstract and your CV by March 15, 2010 to:

Ernest Ialongo
Assistant Professor of History
Behavioral and Social Sciences Department
Hostos Community College, CUNY
500 Grand Concourse, B-319
Bronx, NY  10451

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