Mary Maples Dunn Prize

There has been a lot of talk across the feminist blogosphere about the meaning of feminism and canonized feminists over the past year; a conversation that repeats throughout the existence of the feminist movement(s). These discussions often center around who is centered in mainstream feminism and/or feminist herstory and who is often hidden or presumed absent. Many of these conversations have assumed that academic feminists are at the forefront of the failure(s) to be inclusive regardless of the battles many of us have fought during our careers or to their detriment. For those who are academics and are researching, writing, teaching and/or actively working with a diverse group of women the Mary Maples Dunn Prize provides a unique opportunity to write/right back across these trends while establishing critical publication in the earlier part of one’s career. As a prize in early history, it offers the chance to re-examine or shed light on the women who helped build feminism and/or the world but have been shoved out or marginalized so as to be rendered invisible even to the women to whom they are similar in the present.

Please find the info for the prize below, copied from Historiann:

The Mary Maples Dunn Prize will honor the best article in early American women’s history by an untenured scholar published in The William and Mary Quarterly that uses gender as a primary analytical category.  All untenured writers are eligible-graduate students, independent scholars, non tenure-track instructors, and untenured faculty members.  The prize committee especially welcomes essays that are innovative in their choice of subjects or methodologies, and/or present significant new evidence or fresh interpretations.  All appropriate submissions to the journal by eligible authors will be evaluated by the Quarterly according to the usual process (see guidelines at; the external prize committee will consider articles once they have been accepted for publication.  The award will include a cash prize of $1,000, and an announcement in The William and Mary Quarterly.

Mary Maples Dunn is an Early American historian and women’s historian who has had a long and successful career as a faculty member and administrator.  She has served as a History professor and Dean of Bryn Mawr College, President of Smith College, the Director of the Schlesinger Library, the first Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and as the co-Executive Officer of the American Philosophical Society.  In every position she has held, she has worked to advance other women’s careers in the academy, as students, faculty members, and administrators.  In keeping with her legacy of generous assistance to younger scholars, the Mary Maples Dunn Prize is specifically designed to help untenured scholars establish themselves professionally, and to provide them with some funds to assist with their research.  And in keeping with Mary’s pioneering work as a women’s historian, it is designed to encourage the creation of more excellent scholarship in women’s and gender history.

We are still accepting donations to the prize fund.  If you would like to donate, please make out your check to the Mary Maples Dunn Prize, and mail it c/o Ann M. Little, Treasurer, to the Department of History, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1776.

If you have any questions about the prize or donations, please contact

Event: Aesthetics and Adornment: 1st Ladies of Afro-Beat

“Aesthetics & Adornments: A Celebration of the Innovative “First Ladies” of Afrobeat”


This seminar/workshop will use the look made famous by the “First Ladies” of Fela’s Afrobeat community as a basis to discuss the traditional and modern-day African woman aesthetic. Utilizing a mixture of lecture, panel discussion and hands-on demo, attendees will be encouraged to relate and share their aesthetic stories.

Space is limited, must register to participate
Cost: $10 (workshop only)/$20 (workshop and main event)

More information: Lil Soso

CFP: Disability and Passing

The abstract is due in 2 days but if you already have something in the works, it is worth putting forward a proposal on this one. I’ve been teaching about passing this last week, including with regards to disability for the first time this semester, and it has been a very hard road. An anthology like this one and the commitment from all of us academics to teach it, activists and intellectuals to read it, etc. could help shift our societies ability to think in complex ways about the meaning of bodies in both TAB and differently-abled communities and the complexities of passing in such a world.

Call for Proposals
Anthology on Disability and Passing
Jeffrey A. Brune and Kim E. Nielsen, editors

Although one of the common experiences of passing involves disability, scholars have devoted little attention to this important topic.  Studies of passing have also paid insufficient attention to the interplay that occurs between disability, race, gender, sexuality, and class when people transgress and create identity boundaries.  Blurring the Lines: Disability, Race, Gender and Passing in Modern America is an effort to correct these intellectual omissions and advance the study of this important topic.  The editors of this forthcoming anthology seek proposals for scholarly articles on disability and passing.  We especially seek proposals that analyze  aspects of identity such as race, class, gender, and sexuality, in addition to disability.

The editors welcome submissions from all fields in the humanities and social sciences for this interdisciplinary collection.  We expect the anthology to reflect the work being done in fields ranging from literary theory to history to sociology.  The anthology will focus mainly on modern America, but we also welcome articles that offer a comparative perspective from a different time or place. The editors are not looking for personal narratives, but will consider personal accounts set within a strong analytic framework.  We hope to limit the number of articles with a biographical or autobiographical approach.

To be considered for the anthology, please send a proposal of 250-500 words to both editors, Kim, and Jeff Brune  We also request a c.v. of no more than five pages.  All documents should be in MS Word format (.doc or .docx). Proposals should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), email address, postal address, and article title.

Proposals are due October 1, 2009 and we will notify authors of acceptance or rejection by November 10.  Contributors will then have until June 1, 2010 to complete their articles of up to 10,000 words.  We plan the book to be published in 2011.

Please feel free to email the editors with any questions.  We look forward to receiving many submissions on this important and exciting topic.

El Mundo Zurdo: Gloria Anzaldúa conference at UTSA

The Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa (SSGA) and the Women’s Studies Institute (WSI) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)  are co-sponsoring a conference on Gloria Anzaldúa on May 17-18, 2009.


The conference is envisioned as a space for students, scholars, and community members to come together to discuss Anzaldúa’s unique contribution to a wide range of scholar-activist-artist communities.

Guest Speaker: Norma Alarcon

Download Program: here

Global Oneness Event: See Films About People Making A Difference


Global Oneness kicks off its West Coast tour in Eugene Oregon on May 7th. If you want to learn more about the community driven social justice work going on around the world, schedule a Global Oneness event in your area, or know if one has already been scheduled, click here. (Currently, events are scheduled in BC, Washington, and Oregon.) If you are an educator, you can also get CEUs for attendance.

Transgender Health Conference in Philly Needs Volunteers

While hanging out in Philly’s famed gayborhood area discussing gentrification in PA and Trenton NJ, we took some time out to hang with some old friends actively working on Transgendered health issues.  Turns out there is an upcoming conference and it is free to community members. The conference is split up between provider days and community days to honor everyone’s work and voices and to ensure that community members are centered. Two days are dedicated to community voices and community needs and process groups (6/12-13). These days include both youth and family specific tracks. One day, the opening day, is dedicated to provider research and outreach (6/11). For those hoping to specialize in transgender health, there are CEUs available for the provider day.

(Just to be clear, the Trans-health conference was originally started by transgendered community members and chosen provider allies. There are transgendered providers speaking on the provider days as are cisgendered allies. The provider-community distinction is being made between not between identities but between a provider led event and a community and providers together event with this event being the latter. Anybody who has ever been to a provider-only or provider dominated conference is clear on what the thinking was behind this.)

Keynote Speakers for the event are:

  • Julia Serano – Oakland based poet, writer, feminist, and transgender activist.
  • Lisa OConnor – Former military officer and current medical director specializing in GLBT services with a practice that has become 95% transgendered patients

If you live in the area, my friends say that VOLUNTEERS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED. Please consider giving your time and not just passing this info on. (They are also creating a local mentors database. If you would like to sign up, and live in the area, please click here.)

Here is the official anouncement, you can find out more at the website Phildelphia Trans-Health Conference

Different Paths… One Journey

June 11-13, 2009

Pennsylvania Convention Center

In June of 2009, more than one thousand transgender, genderqueer, and gender variant individuals and their families, friends, allies and providers will converge on the Pennsylvania Convention Center to participate in the 8th Annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference. Geographically, they will come from all parts of the country. In a metaphoric sense, they may be coming from different places as well; different perspectives, different experiences. But they will all come with the same purpose in mind; to learn, to share, to grow. Truly, different paths…one journey.

The Planning Committee of the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (PTHC) is planning a conference comprised of more than one hundred presentations, workshops, speakers, meetings, films, and social activities. We remain committed to providing the bulk of these free of charge during Community Days, and with only nominal charges during Providers Day.

It is our goal, and our sincere wish that you find your journey is enriched in some way through your participation in this conference. Please check back on this site often for the latest updates on programming and other conference notes.

Please note: While Community Days remains FREE OF CHARGE, we are asking ALL attendees (for both Providers Day and Community Days) to Pre-register either online, or using our mail-in form, so that we may be prepared for the numbers of attendees.

Latino Museum Curator Program at the Smithsonian

2009 Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP)


Organized by the Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC), the Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) was established to enhance leadership and professional excellence in the representation and interpretation of Latino history, art, and culture.

The four-week program includes panel sessions, lectures, workshops, and behind the scenes access to Smithsonian collections. Additionally, fellows work with Smithsonian staff on designated projects and contribute to current exhibitions, programs, and research initiatives in progress at the institution.

Each year up to fifteen mid-career museum professionals and graduate students are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants. Participation is free and includes the cost of round-trip travel to Washington, D.C. and housing accommodations for the duration of the four-week program.


Strengthen academic and professional excellence in the representation of Latino art, culture, and history. Provide a network among the participants, Smithsonian staff, and guest faculty. Advance research in the areas of Latino art, culture, and history at the Smithsonian. Share and promote Smithsonian Latino collections and resources.


The first half of the program will cover diverse topics of discussion such as curatorial practice, education, exhibition design, collections management, public programming, and audience development. The format is designed to promote dialogue amongst the faculty and participants on a wide range of topics in the museum and cultural field. During the second half of the program, fellows will participate in a designated project. This component provides hands-on experience in different areas of museum work such as collecting initiatives, museum-based curriculum development, curatorial work, and on-line education initiatives.

At the conclusion of the program, all fellows will be required to deliver a final presentation on their project and complete an assessment of their methodology.

The goal of the projects is to encourage the teams to develop new concepts and theories, and complete research, as well as contribute to current exhibitions, programs and research in progress at the Smithsonian. Participants are required to complete all four weeks of the program.


  • April 17: Deadline for complete of online application packet
  • April – May: Application processing
  • May 15: Selection process finalized
  • July 12 – August 7: Program


LMSP is open to graduate students and mid-career museum professionals enrolled or engaged in the fields of Latino and Latin American art, culture and history, these include but are not limited to visual arts, sociology, performing arts, literature, cultural anthropology and related studies. Successful candidates should have considerable research and/or leadership experiences within their field, and hold an active interest in theoretical and practical issues related to museums or other cultural centers.


The 2009 Latino Museum Studies Program application includes:

  • A complete online application form
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation


All application materials are due in the Smithsonian Latino Center office no later than 5 p.m. April 17, 2009. Materials should be sent to: Express Deliveries: Latino Museum Studies Program Smithsonian Latino Center 600 Maryland Avenue, SW Suite 7042 MRC 512 Washington, DC 20024 Attn: Joanne Flores U.S. Postal Service/Priority Mail: Latino Museum Studies Program Smithsonian Latino Center P.O. Box 37012 MRC 512 Washington, DC 20013 Attn: Joanne Flores NOTIFICATION All applicants will be notified of their application status in May 2009. For more information, please contact Joanne Flores, Core Programs Director at 202.633.0807 or email latinoconference@

2009 WOC Dissertation Scholarships in Soc Deadline April 1

Sociologists for Women in Society invite applications for the 2009 Women of Color Dissertation Scholarship. All applications are due no later than April 1, 2009.


Scholarship Purpose

Sociologists for Women in Society, has worked hard to build a coalition of women scholars who share concerns about the status of women both domestically and internationally. In keeping with that mission, SWS established a Women of Color Scholarship at its annual meeting in February 2007. The primary purposes of the scholarship are:

  1. To offer support to female scholars who are from underrepresented groups and are studying concerns that women of color face domestically and/or internationally.
  2. To increase the participation of students of color in SWS.

Selection Criteria

  1. Student must be a woman from a racial/ethnic group facing racial discrimination in the United States.
  2. Dissertation must be sociologically relevant scholarship that addresses the concerns of Women of Color, domestically and/or internationally.
  3. Student must be in the early stages of writing a dissertation.
  4. Student must be “All But Dissertation” (ABD) by the time the term of the award begins. (Must be certified by the student’s advisor or Graduate Director)
  5. Applicant must demonstrate a financial need for the award.
  6. Domestic and international students are eligible to apply.


The winner will receive a $15,000 scholarship, a plaque and SWS membership for one year. In addition the recipient will receive free registration for both the summer and winter meetings, along with an additional $500 grant to enable attendance at the winter meeting.

Student Application Process

Complete application packets should be sent to the SWS Executive Office at the address below. Each packet must include:

  1. A personal statement which details short and long term career and research goals. The letter must also state which racial/ethnic group(s) the applicant represents.
  2. A resume or Curriculum Vitae
  3. Two letters of recommendation addressing the content and quality of the student’s work and progress in the program. One of these letters must be from the Graduate Director or Advisor, who should address the financial need of the applicant as well as certify the date on which the applicant became or will become ABD. Each letter should be placed in a sealed envelope with author’s signature over the seal. LETTERS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKET WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  4. Proposal (not to exceed 5 pages) for the dissertation research which outlines:


  • Purpose of research
  • Work to be accomplished through scholarship sponsorship
  • Time line for completing dissertation


Responsibilities of Recipient

  • Attend the summer and winter meetings. Free registration and a $500 stipend will be available to the winner for this purpose.
  • Submit a brief report (3 pages max) on the work completed during the scholarship year, no later than 1 month after the end of the award period. This report should be mailed to the SWS executive office to the attention of the ‘Women of Color Scholarship Committee.’


SWS Executive Office
University of Rhode Island
Department of Sociology
Kingston, RI  02881

BHM: Black Women Academics in the Ivory Tower

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Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity is sponsoring a conference on black women in academe that promises to discuss, mentor, and reach toward positive collaboration and advancement of black faculty and graduate students. The conferencetellinghistories is FREE and open to the public and will feature the following speakers:

  • Evelyn Hammond
  • Beverly Guy-Sheftall
  • Melissa Harris-Lacewell
  • Cathy Cohen
  • Elizabeth Higgenbotham
  • Hortense Spillers

I have had the privilege of working with almost all of these women at one time or another in my career and if you have not, you should definitely be at this conference. Their work inspires and their presence is powerful.

Here is the description for the event from their website:

The idea for this conference grew from several sources. It has been over fourteen years since the historic conference “Black Women in the Academe: Defending Our Name.” Those of us who are involved in the 2009 conference believe it is time to re-visit some of the issues raised by that successful conference, particularly in light of statistics that show a decline in the number of black faculty on campuses around the country. Additionally, conversations surrounding the issues raised in the edited volume, Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower (UNC Press 2008), have spawned interest in the concerns of black women in the academe.  As the contributors to that volume express in so many different ways, black women bring unique experiences to academia, experiences that at once chronicle the advances made in the area of academic diversity and demonstrate the terrain yet to be traveled. The contributors to Telling Histories, and the concerned faculty at Rutgers, believe that a conference that reviews and assesses the scholarship on black women, that explores ways to successfully navigate the academic terrain, and that devises strategies to insure a diverse faculty and curriculum is well worth holding. If Rutgers’ new President’s Council on Institutional Diversity and Equity is any indication, discussions like these are occurring at many academic institutions, and a conference on those who stand at the nexus of racial, ethnic and gender policy is well worth holding.

You can access the entire schedule here.

You can buy Deborah Gray White’s book Telling Histories (recommended in our historical reading list meme) here.