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Date: August 18–19, 2020
Location: Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica
Deadline for submission: December 15, 2019
About the Conference:
Since the publishing of the 1986 paper “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis” by Joan Scott in the American Historical Review, a wave of fervent discussion has ensued, ranging from the abandoning of traditional male-centric modes of thought to academic circles within women’s history orientating their research towards gender. In the last three decades, gender history research has been incessantly undergoing change, receiving influence from within academia—post-modernism, post-colonialism, queer theory, etc.—and from external forces, such as political or social factors and women’s movements. Past scholarship with a singular focus on gender, however, has been unable to realize the aim of advancing more holistic approaches. Despite being largely limited to humanities and social sciences, this task of how to better foster comprehensive perspectives has been assumed by researchers of gender history in particular.
In light of this, the goal of this conference is to explore gender history theories and practices which are able to cross “boundaries,” which here denotes three specific connotations. First, we desire to engage in inter-disciplinary dialogues, of which have not become rigid in spite of the often static boundaries separating academic disciplines. Second is the crossing of geographic boundaries from transnational perspectives. How does one place “gender” within different frameworks? Within different national contexts? To further explore these questions, this conference intends to consider both transnational approaches and regional comparisons. Gender history research being conducted in East Asia has largely followed in the wake of Western approaches and theories, and thus in a broader sense, which insights are we able to contribute to the field of gender history? This desire is not rooted in efforts to de-center or challenge Western practices, but rather we aim to re-center or revise these very same practices. Finally, this conference seeks to break through the temporal boundaries of linear approaches to gender history and provide new perspectives regarding imagined gender history research. How does one (re)position diachronic “gender” within synchronic contexts? For instance, a point of emphasis worth our attention is the phenomenon of “past” gender research being “present” women’s movements, as well as “future” women’s rights.
This conference is accepting panels with a clear central theme and individual submissions. Submissions and presentations may be in either Chinese or English. Each panel should not exceed a total of 5 individuals, including a moderator, the presenters, and a discussant, and may present up to 4 papers. Submissions must include the following: name, academic title or position, contact information, and an abstract. For panel submissions, please include the title and an abstract (500 words or less) of the panel as well as the titles and abstracts (250 words or less) of each associated paper. For individual submissions, please include the title and an abstract (250 words or less) of the paper. The conference will announce the results on January 15, 2020. The deadline for the completed paper is July 15, 2020.
The conference will provide participating scholars outside of the greater Taipei area with accommodation for up to three nights: August 17–20, 2020. Participants are asked to provide transportation costs themselves. To encourage the attendance of young scholars, the conference has limited funding for travel allowances with priority given to postdoctoral researchers and assistant professors. The application deadline for travel allowances is June 1, 2020. At the time of applying, application materials must include the completed paper.
For details on submitting abstracts, please see: https://reurl.cc/K64aWe
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