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Library Mini-Conference 2020-21: Representation: Countess

The theme for the 2020-21 annual Library Mini-Conference is "Representation." See the Call for Proposals below for details, along with a list of possible topics to get you thinking about your own topic.

About This Year's Theme

“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

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)

For questions contact:  Prof. Kidwell ( or Ms. Crumbley (

Suggested Topics (to get you thinking)

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