Sunday, June 26, 2011

Attending to Early Modern Women: Remapping Routes and Spaces

Call for Proposals, Milwaukee, Wisconsin June 21-June 23, 2012

Attending to Early Modern Women, which has been held seven times at
the University of Maryland since 1990, is moving to the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, thanks to the generous support of the College of
Letters and Science at UWM. The conference will retain its innovative
format, using a workshop model for most of its sessions to promote
dialogue, augmented by a keynote, and a plenary session on each of the
four conference topics: communities, environments, exchanges, and
pedagogies. It will be held at the UWM School of Continuing Education
Conference Center in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, within easy
walking distance of the lakeshore, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the
Milwaukee Public Museum, and the Amtrak station. Attendees will stay
in the near-by and newly renovated Doubletree Hotel. The conference
will run from Thursday June 21 through Saturday June 23, 2012, and
attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a special
pre-conference seminar on Wednesday June 20 at the Center for
Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Detailed instructions on submitting workshop proposals may be found
on the conference website:

Attending to Early Modern Women: Remapping Routes and Spaces

How did women situate themselves in the early modern world, and how
did they move through it, in both real and imaginary locations? How
did gender figure in understandings of spatial realms, from the inner
space of the body to the outer spaces of the cosmos? How do new
disciplinary and geographic connections shape the ways in which we
think, write, and teach about the early modern world? Taking as our
inspiration the move of Attending to Early Modern Women from Maryland
to Milwaukee, we will consider these issues in relationship to the
following topics:

Women’s actions in neighborhoods, villages, cities, states, and
empires; family and kinship networks; establishing and breaching
boundaries in sexual and gender expression; religious communities;
exclusions, exiles, and expulsions.

Gendered landscapes and soundscapes; the body and its borders; built
and invented realms and frontiers; cartographic spaces; gender and the
new cosmology and anatomy.

Travel, migration, and displacement; imagined spatial crossings; new
interdisciplinary connections; the circulation of manuscripts, books,
objects, and ideas; consumerism and material culture; transnational
and transoceanic links.

Traveling new routes in teaching; the virtual spaces of technology and
teaching; early modern women in the realm of museums and galleries for
adults and children; issues in academic institutions and in publishing.

Detailed instructions on submitting workshop proposals may be found on
the conference website:

For further information, please contact:

Merry Wiesner-Hanks
Chair of the Organizing Committee


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