2020 SHAFR Summer Institute: WOMEN IN THE WORLD

June 14-18, 2020 in New Orleans

The 2020 SHAFR Summer Institute will focus on the dynamic study of “Women in the World,” featuring these exciting scholars:

  • Allida Black—her research has focused on the role of Eleanor Roosevelt, especially during her years of work on the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights; on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s work as First Lady at the 1995 U.N. World Women’s Conference in Beijing and as Secretary of State working to promote human rights issues; and on the challenges of constructing Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's history when the Liberian civil war violence destroyed essential records. 
  • Katherine Marino—her research has focused on Latin American women’s efforts to promote a human rights agenda across borders in the 1920s-1940s.  Indeed, her new book--Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement--argues that women from Latin America and the Caribbean were central to crafting a feminist human rights agenda. 
  • Brandy Thomas Wells—her research has focused on African-American women’s anti-colonial and anti-racist activism both at home and abroad from the 1890s through the 1960s through the National Association of Colored Women Clubs (NACWC) and the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). 
  • Julie Laut—her research has focused on the role of women in the Indian National movement.  Her dissertation centered Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, who was the first female leader of a U.N. delegation in 1946 and one of the most prominent female diplomats in the post-WWII era.  Her research analyzes the ways in which gender helped structure emotional discourses over the issue of racial oppression, as she argues for a cultural approach to understanding the early U.N., its diplomacy, and its early focus on decolonization.

The Summer Institute will be held in New Orleans in the days leading up to the 2020 SHAFR Conference, so participants are encouraged to consider also proposing papers and panels for that conference meeting in conjunction with their institute participation, as there are additional travel grants available through conference participation.  Both graduate students and junior faculty members are invited to participate in the institute.  Institute participants will receive housing and most meals as well as some level of travel assistance. 

In addition to scholarly conversations about the history of women in the world led by the scholars listed above, the institute will also include discussions on

  • gender dynamics in the classroom and workplace
  • career options (traditional and alternative) for history professionals
  • resources on women in the world for research and teaching
  • professional networking, mentoring, and opportunities
  • publishing strategies
  • managing work and life

If you are interested in further information, please email [email protected]g.  The deadline for expressing interest in the Summer Institute is December 1st; final decisions about participation and funding will be made concurrently with the Program Committee’s announcements in early 2020.