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That's right: the 2021 RWSA conference will be held entirely online. While it won't feel quite the same as gathering in ...
06/03/2020
2021 RWSA Conference Goes Virtual

That's right: the 2021 RWSA conference will be held entirely online. While it won't feel quite the same as gathering in person, this makes it a perfect opportunity to reach out to grassroots activists and producers as well as scholars who can't normally join us in person. Please help us spread the word!

Submission deadline extended to 30 September 2020.

https://ruralwomensstudies.wordpress.com/2020/06/03/2021-rwsa-conference-goes-virtual/

The 2021 RWSA Triennial Conference is going virtual. We are excited to host a virtual conference that allows for a more diverse range of participants.

RWSA Triennial Conference May 11-15, 2021 A Virtual Conference Hosted by the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada “Kitc...
06/03/2020
2021 RWSA Conference Goes Virtual

RWSA Triennial Conference May 11-15, 2021 A Virtual Conference Hosted by the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada “Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum” Due to the circumstances resulting from COVID-19, the 2021 RWSA Triennial Conference is going virtual. Although we regret that we cannot meet in person as originally planned, we are excited about the opportunity to host a virtual conference that allows for a more diverse range of panel presentations and participants. [ 497 more words ]
https://ruralwomensstudies.wordpress.com/2020/06/03/2021-rwsa-conference-goes-virtual/

RWSA Triennial Conference May 11-15, 2021 A Virtual Conference Hosted by the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada “Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum” Due to the circumstances resulting from COVID…

RWSA Triennial Conference May 11-15, 2021A Virtual ConferenceHosted by the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada“Kitchen...
06/02/2020
Rural Women's Studies Association | Ohio University

RWSA Triennial Conference May 11-15, 2021
A Virtual Conference
Hosted by the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
“Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum”

Due to the circumstances resulting from COVID-19, the 2021 RWSA Triennial Conference is going virtual. Although we regret that we can not meet in person as originally planned, we are excited about the opportunity to host a virtual conference that allows for a more diverse range of panel presentations and participants. Any paper and panel submissions that have already been made will still be considered, however, we have extended the deadline to allow for additional submissions to be made until September 30, 2020.

The theme “Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum” emphasizes how conversations, relationships, and food shape rural communities. This theme allows for the consideration of the ways that gendered, sexual, ethnic, and racial identities affect personal power, class consciousness, individual choice, and community development. These subjects lend themselves to the exploration of rural activism, social justice, innovation, politics, business development, cultural expression, self-governance, and collective experiences — both historical and contemporary — in local, regional, national, and global settings.

RWSA is an international association founded in 1997 to promote and advance farm and rural women’s/gender studies in a historical perspective by encouraging research, promoting scholarship, and establishing and maintaining links with organizations that share these goals. RWSA welcomes public historians and archivists, graduate students, and representatives of rural organizations and communities as conference participants and members, in addition to academic scholars from diverse fields, including sociology, anthropology, literature and languages, Indigenous Studies, and history.

Presentations take many forms at this virtual RWSA conference. Possibilities include workshops, panel sessions, virtual tours, interactive sessions, roundtable discussions, poster presentations, open-mic discussions, performances, readings, and audiovisual presentations. As much as possible, presentations and conference activities will take place in a synchronous environment. Virtual tours, posters, or other forms of presentations may be pre-recorded with the consent of the program committee.

The RWSA encourages inter-, trans- or multi-disciplinary approaches that connect rural women’s/gender history and present-day concerns. The RWSA seeks to integrate creative work with the conference theme, and we encourage artists working in visual, film, performative, and literary genres to submit their ideas to make the conference most dynamic.

The theme: “Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum” encourages exploration of several sub-themes:
● Women and mental health
● Women and food justice
● Indigenous rural women
● Women and food tourism
● Women and technological and biological innovation (media, healthcare, equipment)
● What’s on the table (food production, preparation, rituals, hospitality, etiquette, and display)
● Women's Table talk (issues concerning family, community, politics, legislation, and markets)

The University of Guelph is known as Canada's Food University and has gained international recognition for its impact on agricultural sciences and rural life.

Please submit the following information by 30 September 2020.
1. Title of paper/panel/poster/workshop/performance (working title is acceptable).
2. 200-word description/abstract of paper, panel, poster, workshop, performance, etc.
3. Brief vita/bio of presenter or panel participants and complete contact information for all.

Please indicate if your panel or workshop proposal does not fit in a typical session time of 1.5 hours. We will contact you if your proposal has been accepted.

Submissions should be sent electronically (as a single Word document or combined PDF) to: [email protected]

Program Committee Co-chairs: Katherine Jellison, Ohio University, and Jenny Barker-Devine, Illinois College

Program Committee Members: Margaret Thomas-Evans, Jodey Nurse-Gupta, Tracey Hanshew, Amy McKinney, Cathy Wilson.

For additional information on the RWSA, please go to the organization website (https://www.ohio.edu/cas/history/institutes-associations/rwsa/).

Congratulations to Cynthia Culver Prescott for receiving the Gita Chaudhuri prize from the Western Association fo Women ...
05/19/2020

Congratulations to Cynthia Culver Prescott for receiving the Gita Chaudhuri prize from the Western Association fo Women Historians.

While the term "hood feminism" originates in urban ghettos, Mikki Kendall's perspective is also incredibly relevant to r...
05/09/2020
What Does 'Hood Feminism' Mean For A Pandemic?

While the term "hood feminism" originates in urban ghettos, Mikki Kendall's perspective is also incredibly relevant to rural women.

https://www.npr.org/2020/05/05/850963562/what-does-hood-feminism-mean-for-a-pandemic?

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated issues that disproportionately affect women. So on this episode, we're talking to Mikki Kendall — author of the new book, Hood Feminism — about what on-the-ground feminism practiced by women of color can teach us that the mainstream feminist movement has ...

Story Maps and Podcasts from the Manitoba Food History Projectby Kent DaviesCheck out our latest Arc GIS Story Map and P...
04/23/2020
MANITOBA FOOD HISTORY PROJECT

Story Maps and Podcasts from the Manitoba Food History Project
by Kent Davies
Check out our latest Arc GIS Story Map and Podcast from the Manitoba Food History Project
The
is an oral history project based out of the University of Winnipeg, funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant, together with support from Diversity Foods, the University of Winnipeg Research Office, and the UW Oral History Centre. The goal of our project team is to produce a comprehensive history of food manufacturing, production, retailing, and consumption in the province of Manitoba from 1870 to the present day through digital scholarship and public history.

Story Map: Camp Cuisine
Camp food plays a big part of the summer camp experience. While parents and staff often celebrate this camp experience as an “escape” for campers from the luxuries and anxieties of the modern world and a time for campers to experience some “simple living”, camp food has rarely been so simple or so disconnected from the modern world.
Story and Map by Jackson Anderson
Technical Editing: Kimberley Moore and Scott Price
Interview with chef Sharon Steward

Preserves Podcast: Ep 6 – In the Weeds
When is a plant a weed or a food? What can that tell us about shifting perspectives on food systems? In this episode, chef, podcaster, and food educator Anna Sigrithur cooks us a tasty wild edible dish aboard the Manitoba Food History Truck as we explore wild foods, bioregionalism, and the impact of colonialism on traditional foodways.
Produced, written, and narrated by Kent Davies
Interview participants: Anna Sigrithur and Karen Froman
Photos and Episode Image: Kimberley Moore
Episodes of Preserves are also available on Apple Podcasts.

04/14/2020

The official deadline for abstract submissions has passed, but they are still being accepted. I have it on good authority because I am one of the guest editors! Email me if you have any questions: [email protected]

CALL FOR PAPERS

“Gender-Focused Research in Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies”

The Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies is planning a special issue for late 2020 addressing the subject of gender in Amish and plain Anabaptist research.

A growing body of recent scholarship has identified either a lack of attention to gender in Amish and/or plain Anabaptist studies or a need to revisit some prevailing paradigms. We welcome submissions from both the sciences and humanities that further our understanding of gender in plain Anabaptist life.

Fields of interest include the social sciences, health and safety, history, gender studies, and others, as well as practitioner work. Publications may include original work or new findings from analyzing previously studied data through a gender lens.

JAPAS publishes a wide range of article types, including full length articles, research notes, research briefs, service provider reports, review essays, and plain people’s research. We especially welcome work from advanced undergraduate and graduate students in addition to experienced scholars.

We recommend submitting a 100- to 150-word summary with tentative title by Tuesday, March 30, 2020 or as soon as feasible (send to [email protected]).

Submissions are due by Monday, July 20, 2020, and will be peer reviewed in anticipation of our autumn 2020 issue.

Help us document how COVID-19 is impacting you and your community.  Send us your thoughts and experiences, whether 5 wor...
04/01/2020
Foodways in the Midst of a Pandemic

Help us document how COVID-19 is impacting you and your community. Send us your thoughts and experiences, whether 5 words, 50, or 500 or more. Send us recipes—and images!—of foods you are consuming as the virus spreads. Document your family’s impromptu baking competition, or your creativity with canned and dried foods. Comment on this post, or email your thoughts to: [email protected]. We’ll share your contributions in Backstories and/or on our social media accounts, and archive them for future generations.'
https://ruralwomensstudies.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/foodways-in-the-midst-of-a-pandemic/

The spread of COVID-19 virus is teaching many of us living in urban places just how connected we are to one another, and how divorced we have become from rural life.

04/01/2020

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submit recipes and essays to our cookbook by April 15, 2020.

03/31/2020

How has the pandemic changed your eating habits?

03/31/2020

Send us favorite recipes for our cookbook! Heirloom or contemporary. Include a brief note about what the recipe means to you.

02/01/2020

Foodways Essay abstracts deadline extended! If you would like to contribute an analytical essay or thought piece (1,000-10,000 words) to our forthcoming edited collection and cookbook, it's not too late. Submit abstracts by February 7, 2020. Completed essays, artwork, and recipes due April 1, 2020.
https://ruralwomensstudies.wordpress.com/2019/11/13/cookbookcfp/

For the first time in Appalachian Studies Association history, the conference theme--"Appalachian Understories: Growing ...
01/27/2020

For the first time in Appalachian Studies Association history, the conference theme--"Appalachian Understories: Growing Hope and Resilience from Commonwealth to Global Commons"--invites participates to consider the "understories" of the Appalachian woods themselves, including stories about women, gender, and sexuality. This year's conference will be held in Lexington at the University of Kentucky, March 12-15, 2020. For more information, go to www.appalachianstudies.org.

Via Kristin Mapel Bloomberg:African Americans took advantage of the Homestead Act to claim lands on the Great Plains.
01/23/2020

Via Kristin Mapel Bloomberg:

African Americans took advantage of the Homestead Act to claim lands on the Great Plains.

Born in slavery in North Carolina, Moses and Susan Speese had Solomon Butcher take this portrait on their Nebraska homestead in 1888.

After struggling as sharecroppers after the end of the Civil War, Moses wanted to move north for a better life. However, his landlord kept Susan and their children as collateral on his debts. In 1873, Moses rescued his family by smuggling them out in a load of hay. The family later moved to Nebraska and homesteaded near Westerville, Custer County, in 1882.

This is just one of the many fascinating stories told by Solomon Butcher's photograph collection. If you want to see more, make sure to visit our Nebraska History Museum and see the Take Our Picture exhibit.

https://history.nebraska.gov/visit/take-our-picture-sod-house-portraits-solomon-butcher

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Due to the changes and delays in academic schedules this semester, the Coordinating Council for Women in History has extended their award deadline from May 15 to June 15, 2020. There are 6 awards, ranging from $500 for the best article to several for $1,000 (best book, grad student dissertation awards, etc.), and even one for $20,000. If you have grad students looking for support, students or colleagues who've published an article, or mentors you would like to recognize, please let them know about these opportunities. And please share! Promo: the CCWH is a GREAT organization to get involved in as well :)
Musical Tribute-Jeannette Rankin: The first woman elected to Congress!
Call for submissions for the spring RWSA newsletter. Please send submissions to Margaret Thomas Evans - email on RWSA website. They are due May 1st.
I write to encourage scholars of rural women's experiences to consider presenting at the Social Science History Association meetings https://ssha.org/. I am one of the Rural network representatives, PM me if you want more information.
I am seeking co-panelists for an Ag History conference session on monuments and commemoration in urban and rural settings. The Agricultural History Society conference to be held in Washington, D.C. on June 6-8, 2019. Deadline for submitting proposals is September 28, 2018. The conference theme is "Power in Agricultural History." Given the recent public attention to Confederate statues and the power of memorials on the Mall in Washington, D.C., this strikes me as a particularly way to explore urban/rural power dynamics. My presentation would draw on my new book on pioneer monuments in the American West. I would love to feature comparative perspectives on Confederate memory and memory in other regions. Interested? Please contact me at .
I'm looking for a panelist (or two) for a session on rural poverty at Ag History, 2019. No chronology or geographic limits - if you're working on something and want to participate please send me an email or message. [email protected]
Thanks for the successful conference you organised. It was enjoyable and academically very profitable, a perfect mix of topics, reaserch and people.. A great Thank to Katherine Jellison, for her avaibility and her warm and cordial welcome. , bravo!” See you in other conferences Lamia Mokaddem
The Women of Appalachia Project will be performing May 19, 2018 at 8PM. We'll see you there!
Federal History Journal, Issue 10, April 2018: