a heavily-condensed version of my MPhil thesis has been accepted for a conference at UIUC in March next year — the 9th annual graduate symposium for women’s & gender history — w/ potential for publication, though it may be that I am to publish with another journal, if/when I get my act together. despite my various reservations about gender history (and the discussion on that link may be worth reading), and despite having moved on to something rather different for my PhD, I think I’ll nonetheless do it. apart from being my first international conference experience, it will be fruitful to pose my methodological discomfort to what I suspect will be a very large group of women writing women’s history, to see if and how any of them share and respond to it. besides, this means that I can finally justify an extensive trip through American academia! — Expect Much Bookporn. I plan to visit and spend a long, long time in Cornell’s Southeast Asian library; thus, apart from Illinois & Chicago, NYC is on the cards, as is New Haven, and anywhere else I might dig up relevant material. somewhere in there I may even have time to be a normal tourist, insofar as “normal” involves an inordinate obsession with bookstores and coffeshops, and a gallery or ten. any & all recommendations to this end welcome.
December 7, 2007