Teaching Gendering the Great War: A Teaching Roundtable

AHA Session 204
Saturday, January 7, 2017: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Room 502 (Colorado Convention Center, Meeting Room Level)
Tammy M. Proctor, Utah State University
Richard S. Fogarty, State University of New York, University at Albany
Susan R. Grayzel, University of Mississippi
Jovana Knezevic, Stanford University

Session Abstract

The centenary of the First World War in 2014-18 offers an opportunity to reflect upon the role of gender history in shaping our understanding of this pivotal international event. From the moment of its outbreak, the gendered experiences of the war have been seen by contemporary observers and postwar commentators and scholars as being especially significant for shaping how the war can and must be understood. This roundtable brings together authors of a new state-of-the-field collection on Gendering the Great War(Oxford University Press, 2016) to provide practical suggestions for incorporating gendered perspectives into the teaching of the First World War as a theme in broader surveys of history. Participants will engage the audience in a discussion of how to reshape K-12 and higher education courses to reflect new scholarship and understandings of the war.  Roundtable presenters will provide concrete teaching strategies for better incorporating a gendered perspective on World War I into a variety of courses, which include the US History survey, the World History survey, the European History survey, and World War I courses.
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