The History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Seminar

The History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Seminar at the MHS aims to host fresh conversations on the history of women, gender, and sexuality in America without chronological limitations. These sessions bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. After brief remarks from the author and an assigned commentator, the discussion is opened to the floor. All are encouraged to ask questions, provide feedback on the circulated essay, and discuss the topic at hand. Our sessions are free and open to everyone.

How to Attend: Register through our Calendar of Events and you will receive the session's discussion paper the day before the seminar by email. 

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Call for Proposals

The History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality seminar invites proposals for sessions in its 2022-2023 series. The Seminar involves discussion of pre-circulated works in progress, especially article or chapter-length papers (20-40 pages). Topics address all aspects of the history of women, gender, and sexuality in the United States. Cross-disciplinary projects and projects comparing the American experience with that in other parts of the world are also welcomed.

Each session focuses on the discussion of a paper distributed to seminar registrants approximately three weeks before the program. Authors must have their papers ready for circulation at this time. The essayist and an assigned commentator will each have an opportunity for remarks before the discussion is opened to the floor. Sessions may take place virtually, in person, or in a hybrid format as conditions allow. 

We invite proposals (500 words) and CVs from interested researchers. In your proposal, please indicate when your paper can be available for distribution, as well as your preference (fall or spring) based on when the seminar’s feedback would be helpful to you. Advise us of any special scheduling conditions, such as a planned trip to Boston or an extended period when you cannot make a presentation. The steering committee will consider all proposals for the available session slots, and proposers will be notified by early summer.

Please submit your proposals by 20 March 2022 to research@masshist.org.

Upcoming Events

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This is a hybrid event. The in-person reception will begin at 4:30 pm. 

Some people marry for love, others marry to avoid prison. This paper explores the latter. There is…

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This is an online event.

Elite white women in the British Atlantic world commemorated transitions in their lives with shellwork grottos, shadow box scenes, dollhouses, and…