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Rural Women's Studies Association Call for Papers(2011-01-23)

“Rhymes, Rhythms, and Rituals:
25 Years of Rural Women’s Studies Revisited” is the theme of the

Rural Women’s Studies Association Triennial Conference, hosted by the
University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University,

July 26-28, 2012.

The Triennial Conference of the Rural Women’s Studies Association (RWSA) will be hosted by the University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in cooperation with Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Nova Scotia, Canada, on July 26-28, 2012.
The RWSA is an international association for the advancement and promotion of research on rural women and gender in historical perspective. It welcomes as members and conference participants academic scholars, public historians and archivists, graduate students, and representatives of rural organizations and communities. The theme of the conference reflects the dual focus of the meeting. It will include presentations on current research on rural women and gender, as well as presentations that take a retrospective look at the field of rural women’s studies.
The RWSA seeks proposals for individual papers, panel sessions, workshops, and roundtable discussions on topics related to the conference theme or organized around historiographical reviews or state-of-the-field assessments of research on rural women and gender. Topics related to the conference theme might include:
• The role of the arts, music, and literature and literary movements in rural and gendered contexts;
• Comparative and/or interdisciplinary frameworks and ethnographic approaches that give structure, agency, rhythm and sense to rural women's voices as forms of power and arbiters of change;
• Research that examines the intersection of rural women and/or gender with social, cultural, and political institutions.
• The significance of gender in social and social reform movements, social and welfare policy initiatives, and in agriculture (including policy, production, land use, and the utilization of science and technology).
• Sustainability, ecology, and environment-related topics.

The RWSA especially welcomes proposals for panels that provide an overview of sub-themes in rural women’s history, such as those that examine the relationship between gender and labor, health, the professions, cultural heritage, leadership, and creative expression in rural contexts. Proposals that are inter-, trans- or multi-disciplinary are encouraged, as are those that develop connections between rural women's history and present-day social and economic concerns, worldwide. Alternative methods of presentation, such as workshops, interactive sessions, posters, performances, readings, and/or audiovisual presentations are encouraged and welcomed.

Please submit the following information by May 15, 2011:
1. Title of paper/session/workshop/performance
2. One-page abstract of paper or brief description of proposed session/workshop, etc.
3. Brief vita/bio of paper presenter or session participants and complete contact information.

Submissions should be sent electronically to:
If it is not possible to send proposal electronically, if submitting from the Americas, please send by regular mail to:
Jane Pederson
Department of History
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702

Submissions by post from elsewhere in the world should be sent to:
Margreet van der Burg
Rural History, Social Sciences
Wageningen University
Hollandseweg 1
NL-6706 KN Wageningen
The Netherlands

For information on travel grants and letters of invitation, contact Rebecca Montgomery, For additional information on the RWSA, please go to the organization website,

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