The ASECS Women's Caucus is pleased to solicit participants for its two panels for the 2018 ASECS meeting in Orlando:
“Mansplaining in the Eighteenth Century” (Roundtable) (Women’s Caucus Scholarly Panel) Hilary Havens, University of Tennessee; email@example.com Mansplaining is a colloquial term that refers to a man explaining something to someone, typically a woman, in a condescending manner. Admittedly anachronistic, the term can readily be used to characterize the patriarchal under/overtones of texts written throughout the eighteenth century, including but not limited to, The Spectator, poems by Alexander Pope, conduct books, novels from Defoe and Richardson to Burney and Austen, and other works of various genres containing didactic themes. This panel will discuss appearances of mansplaining in eighteenth-century texts in order to illuminate networks of power and patriarchy hidden in various structures and forms. And conversely, the panel will ask, what can the eighteenth century tell us about mansplaining that we have yet to learn? At a time when women’s individual rights are threatened by ideologies couched in dangerously patronizing language, the need for a panel on mansplaining is particularly acute. Sandra Macpherson (Ohio State University), who chaired the “Mansplaining and the Enlightenment” panel at MLA 2017, will serve as respondent.
“Thinking Alt-Ac: Exploring Alternatives outside Academia, Creating Access Within” (Women’s Caucus) (Roundtable) Nora Nachumi, Stern College for Women/Yeshiva University AND Pamela Plimpton, Warner Pacific College; firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
This session explores alternatives to traditional academic careers in and outside of the university. What kinds of professions outside the academy offer opportunities to people with PhDs in the humanities? How does the PhD serve those seeking employment in related fields outside of academia proper? What alternatives to traditional academic careers are possible within the academy? What options exist for those committed to teaching and research who are not on the tenure track? We seek a diverse group of speakers. Participants may work in or outside of the traditional venue of the college or university. They may be teaching and doing research on a non-tenure-track line; mentoring PhDs who are considering alt-ac careers; or in the process of choosing a career path for themselves. Participants may decide to define or redefine what the term means or to whom it applies. Proposals that suggest ways alt-ac might re-imagine career options, scholarship and professional development outside and /or within academia are especially welcome.