New Year, New Way to Contribute

What are you working on?  We want to hear about it!  No time to write a new essay about your ongoing project?  No problem!

Once every three years, the Rural Women’s Studies Association hosts a conference where scholars and grassroots activists come together to learn from one another.  In between our triennial conferences, RWSA members gather at other conferences, such as the American Historical Association, the Agricultural History Society, and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.  These conferences are a fantastic way to highlight our research.  Valuable connections grow out of these in-person gatherings.

Unfortunately, conference travel is costly.  This blog grew out of conversations at our last RWSA conference in San Marcos, Texas, about ways that we could build connections among our members in between conferences, and to expand RWSA participation to people who find it difficult to travel to our conferences.  But we’re hearing from many of you that you are too busy doing your important work related to rural women to write about it for our blog.  We heard you, and that’s why we’re introducing a new way to contribute to this blog.  We’ll continue to publish thoughtful essays on rural women.  But we’d also like to feature shorter abstracts of roughly 200-500 words.

Have a new idea you’re wanting to try out?  Share it with us! The blog is a great place to start a conversation.

Submitting a conference paper proposal?  Share your abstract!  Think of it as academic recycling.  With the added benefit that people will get to hear about your work even if they can’t attend that conference.

Send your abstracts and submissions of any length to Cindy Prescott <cynthia.culver@gmail.com>.

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