CFP: What Became of Lily Ross Taylor?

Seen on Classicists (please send any responses to the folks mentioned in the quoted text, not to rogueclassicism!):


What Became of Lily Ross Taylor?

Women and Ancient History in North America*

organized by Celia E. Schultz and Michele R. Salzman

The APA’s Committee for Ancient History and the Women’s Classical Caucus together invite proposals for a panel session on the status of women in the field of Ancient History to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association at San Antonio in 2011.

As the number of women in the Academy has increased over the last forty years, so has the number of female professional classicists grown. Yet the relative proportion of women scholars has not increased at an equal pace across the various subfields that make up the field of Classics, with ancient history lagging behind. Although some female ancient historians have had long distinguished careers as researchers and teachers, and now larger numbers are coming up through the ranks, the proportion of female ancient historians (approximately 20% of the field, based on Scheidel 1999) is smaller than the proportion of women in Classics more generally.

The purpose of this panel is to provide an opportunity to take stock of the state of the study and teaching of ancient history in North America and to contemplate where the field is going. We are particularly interested in papers that address the following questions: What has changed since the 1970s that has encouraged more women to enter the field? Why has the female presence in ancient history not been as robust as it is in literary studies? What does it mean that the proportion of women in ancient history is in keeping with the representation of women in the wider field of History, but is not in pace with the wider field of Classics? Is there a difference in the circumstances faced by women educated in (and hired by) departments of History, departments of Classics, and independent graduate groups? How can the APA and the WCC assist in attracting more women to this endeavor?

Abstracts of 500 to 800 words, suitable for a 15-20 minute presentation, should be sent as an email attachment (Word doc or pdf) to Celia Schultz at celia.schultz AT, or to her by regular mail at the Department of Classics, Yale University, P.O. Box. 208266, New Haven CT 06520-8266. Since all abstracts will be judged anonymously, please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract itself. All proposals must be received by February 1, 2010.

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