“Representation” is a continuation of the Library’s 2020 observance of the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. The theme may be interpreted broadly and below are some suggested topics, though you may create your own for your proposal.
Call for Proposals:
Format: Paper presentation, panel presentation, original work literature or art
Conference Dates: April 5 & 7. Please note that due to the pandemic, this year’s mini-conference will be a virtual event. Presenters will record their presentations. Additional details forthcoming.
Length of presentation: Paper presentation: 10-15 minutes, Panel presentation: 15-30 minutes, Work of Art presentation: 5-10 minutes (depending on the actual presentation, we may be able to accommodate a longer presentation time if necessary)
The role of the automobile in the Civil Rights Movement (e.g The Green Book roadguide series, the idea of the “Overground Railroad”)
Suffrage (wide range of issues/topics available here)
Racial inequality in the suffrage movement
“Because my mama told me to,” how Tennessee got the 19th Amendment across the finish line
The long road of the ERA. Its history
The long road of the ERA. Its present
Citizenship and Native Americans
“Taxation without representation” and the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories
The rise of literature/art representing the “Other” in mainstream America
The rise of literature/art by underrepresented writers
The role of minority voting in the 2020 election
Voter suppression - historic and/or contemporary
Representation of minorities in film
Representation of minorities in television advertising (e.g. rise of interracial couples/families in contemporary TV commercials, rise of same-sex couples/families in TV commercials, historical perspectives)
Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? (This is the title of a seminal book by Linda Nochlin who argues the wrongness of the question.)
“Black” writers/artists, “Gay” writers/artists, “women” writers/artists, etc. -- the limitations of labels
Addressing diversity issues in corporate America
When you picture a scientist, what do you see?
Can an increase in representation in police forces solve our criminal justice problem(s)?
The rise of male elementary school teachers and its impact on education
Males in historically female-dominated professions - challenges, progress
Representation in children’s literature
Representation in young adult literature
Representation in comics
Representation in cartoons
Professional women athletes and equal earnings
Women as professional coaches and referees -- progress made and yet to be made
Being “out” as an athlete
Women in the Bible. Why are so few women named?
Either an Eve or a Mary or a Lilith. The impact on Western society of the lack of complexity in how women have been depicted/viewed
The Mary Annings of the world
The evolution of how the psychology profession has viewed/treated members of minority groups