The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians held its last annual business meeting, better known as the Little Berks, from Friday-Sunday, May 20-22, 2016. This is a comparatively small gathering of 30-50 people rather than the 1500-2000 who attend our triennial Conference on the History of Women (the Big Berks). Attendees must be members of the Berkshire Conference.
This smaller meeting included a panel on Friday and Saturday that showcases new work on women’s, gender or sexualities’ history and a business meeting. Meals and free time offered opportunities to gather informally with other scholars, to share ideas for future Big Berks, and to discuss issues related to the place of women in the profession. We extended a special invitation to graduate students, contingent faculty and independent scholars who are looking for a professional home. We welcome those who wish to innovate and be more active in the organization.
This meeting was held at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Gideon Putnam, www.gideonputnam.com is approximately three hours north of New York City and Saratoga Springs is served by the Albany International Airport and Amtrak.
SUBVENTIONS: To encourage the participation of graduate students, the unemployed, contingent faculty and others for whom cost may prevent attendance, the Berkshire Conference offered such attendees a subvention of up to 50% of room and board costs, along with up to 30% for untenured faculty members. We were also be able to contribute toward travel costs. Questions about future subventions should be directed to our Treasurer.
The next Little Berks will be held in Fall 2017, followed by a Spring meeting in 2018. Please check back for details.