OUR NEXT CONFERENCE!
“The Local is Global”: Gender and Rural Connections across Time and Place
Rural Women's Studies Association Triennial Conference
Hosted by Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
February 12-14, 2015
Watch this space in coming months for information on registration, the conference program, and other details!
DOROTHY SCHWIEDER, 1933-2014: The RWSA is sorry to note the passing of long-time member Dorothy Schwieder, a pioneer in the study of rural women's history. Her obituary and information on memorial contributions may be found at the following link: Dorothy Schwieder Obituary
LOOKING FOR FUNDING TO ATTEND THE 2015 RWSA CONFERENCE? Follow this link to access the funding application form: Funding Application. Completed forms should be submitted to Program Committee Chairwoman Cynthia Prescott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RECENT MA THESES AND PHD DISSERTATIONS ABOUT RURAL WOMEN: RWSA member Amy McKinney has compiled a list of recent theses and dissertations written about rural women. Thanks Amy! To see the results of her labor, follow this link:Recent Theses and Dissertations about Rural Women
WE NOW HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE!: Be sure to "like" Rural Women's Studies Association on Facebook! And thanks to Anne Moore for serving as our Facebook page editor.
RWSA AT THE 2014 AHS MEETING: The RWSA held its annual business meeting on June 20 at the Agricultural History Society meeting in Provo, Utah. See the link below for a copy of the meeting minutes.
GOWER CFP WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE: Co-editors Amber J. Fletcher and Wendee Kubik are seeking essays for a new Gower Publishing volume entitled Women in Agriculture Worldwide: Key Issues and Practical Approaches. Abstracts are due September 30, 2014. For further details, see submission guidelines at this link: Gower CFP Women in Agriculture
WAWH CFP: Call for Papers, Chairs, and Commentators for the Annual Conference of the Western Association of Women Historians to be held in Sacramento, California, May 14-16, 2015. Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 3, 2014. The WAWH invites proposals for panels, single papers, roundtables, posters, and workshops from scholars at all career stages and in ALL fields, regions, and periods of history. The program committee especially invites proposals with gender, generational, geographic, racial, and institutional diversity represented in topics and/or panel composition. We welcome panels on public history, academic publishing, and alternative career paths for historians. See the following web site for submission guidelines and required forms for paper presenters, chairs, commentators, and prize candidates: www.wawh.org.
WOMEN'S HISTORY MATTERS ESSAY COMPETITION: In honor of the centennial of woman suffrage in Montana, the Women's History Matters Essay Prize Committee at the University of Montana, Montana State University, and Montana Historical Society are calling for entries of 6,000-8,000-word essays that explore comparative studies of women in Montana and the West, Native American women's histories, studies of women's roles in social movements and institution building, biographical accounts of individual women, feminist historical analyses of forces shaping Montana and the West, and more contemporary accounts of women's social and political action into the late twentieth century. Winners will receive cash awards and possible publication in Montana: The Magazine of Western History and a Montana Historical Society Press anthology on women's history. Submission deadline is October 31, 2014. For further information about the competition, including submission criteria and process, follow this link: History Matters Essay Competition.
WAWH GITA CHAUDHURI PRIZE: The Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) welcomes submissions for its annual $1,000 Gita Chaudhuri Prize for the best monograph about the history of women in rural environments published by a WAWH member. The deadline for the 2015 prize is January 5, 2015. For further details, follow this link: The Western Association of Women Historians welcomes submissions for the Gita Chaudhuri Prize.
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE ARTIFACTS IN AGRARIA SYMPOSIUM: The University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, will be hosting the Artifacts in Agraria Symposium, October 17-18, 2015. Deadline for proposals is January 26, 2015. Follow this link for details: Artifacts in Agraria Call for Papers.
THE DAILY YONDER: The Daily Yonder, a publication of the Center for Rural Strategies, covers all things rural and is looking for contributions from younger writers and scholars. Interested parties should go to www.dailyyonder.com to get an idea of the length and tone of Daily Yonder articles and then contact Dale Mackey at email@example.com to discuss your own ideas for an article or articles.
QUERY ABOUT MANUSCRIPT: Alexandra Johnston, PhD, Host Program Coordinator in the Intensive English and Orientation Program at Iowa State University asks the following question of our membership:
I wonder if you might be able to direct me to colleagues of yours who might be interested in a first-hand written account of pioneer family life in Grundy Center, IA? It is a 140-page manuscript memoir of family history written by a woman born about 1920 who wrote about her mother's life on the farm, as well as the oral history of her grandparents who settled there. It is a vivid, detailed account of everyday life, hard work, and the social fabric of rural Grundy Center. It seems like it might be useful for sociologists or historians of rural life to use as a primary source. Interested parties may contact Dr. Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RWSA members and web site visitors may be interested in also visiting the following organizational sites: Assn. for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums; Southern Association for Women Historians;
Western Association of Women Historians; and
Women and Gender Historians of the Midwest.