Two (unrelated) things: Big Berks disappoints and Bloggers meet at the Zoo
First, I am really tired of feeling marginalized and discounted by a conference that seems to go out of its way to include any number of things that may be only tangentially related to Women’s History
Duuuude. As a woman and a historian, I’m one of the people the organization was supposedly created to represent. As someone who works on women’s history, and who finds that a huge problem with understanding the Early Middle Ages resides in how many really bad assumptions about women and gender have shaped the scholarship, I would like to think that the sort of questions I work on would be appropriate for a conference on the history of women. And yet, there is ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY NOTHING in the announcement that makes me feel that the sort of thing I work on has any value (or even recognition as history) in the eyes of the organizers.
And by the way, when did it become necessary for all historians to become Theory-driven rather than theory-using? Because no one copied me on that memo.
Second, Kalamazoo meet-up will be at the regularly scheduled wine hour — i.e., BEFORE the evening panels, so we can go and SEE our bloggy friends — in whatever the hell Valley it is that has registration. Contributions towards beer, wine, and food will be gratefully accepted. I will check the schedule and the availability of vehicle to see whether decent snacks are possible or whether we will order pizza. Socializing can continue after the panels 🙂