Historicizing Feminism and Patriarchy: Reflections on Historical Scholarship and Careers

AHA Session 193
Saturday, January 7, 2017: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room 603 (Colorado Convention Center, Meeting Room Level)
Donna Guy, Ohio State University
Donna Guy, Ohio State University
Amanda Hendrix-Komoto, Montana State University–Bozeman
Ruth Mazo Karras, University of Minnesota
Ann Little, Colorado State University
Michele Mitchell, New York University
Barbara Ramusack, University of Cincinnati

Session Abstract

This round-table brings together historians from across several generations to discuss the evolution of feminism and the concept of patriarchy in the historical profession and in the careers of scholars working on these concepts. While feminism and patriarchy have been foundational concepts since the second women’s movement and the surge in women’s history in the 1970s, other concepts have been added to the historians’ tool bag, such as gender and sexuality. Moreover, third-wave feminists use these terms differently than their second-wave counterparts. For this roundtable, we envision a discussion of what these concepts have meant in the field of history and in the panelists’ careers as historians. Panelists will also look to the future, addressing where they think the field is heading and what they think still needs to be done. The panelists were chosen to reflect a range of generations of historians as well as different regional and chronological specializations.
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