for the Competing Kingdoms conference have advanced over the summer.
We considered about 50 possible proposals and selected fifteen conference
presenters based on geographical distribution and thematic emphasis.
Additionally, we selected fifteen conference participants whom we were
unable to invite to present a paper in Oxford but who we hope will attend
the conference and contribute to the discussion.
conference program is attached. The five sequential sessions echo the
major themes of our conceptual framework-women, mission, nation, empire-and
the additional theme of alternative visions. Although we have organized
sessions based on the thematic focus of the proposals submitted, we
realize that the themes are interconnected and we encourage presenters
to incorporate overlapping categories in their papers.
are delighted to inform you that our keynote speaker will be Jane Hunter,
author of The Gospel of Gentility: American Women Missionaries in Turn
of the Century China, a groundbreaking work on missionary women that
was published just twenty years ago. Our chair/commentators have been
invited based on their scholarly contributions to the themes of the
conference and their ability, as a group, to bring an interdisciplinary
perspective to those themes. They will close the formal part of the
conference with a round-table chaired by Kathryn Kish Sklar in which
they will address future research possibilities. Our informal break-out
sessions after the formal end of the conference will enable us to explore
opportunities to extend the work of the conference in other venues.
hosts at the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University have
generously provided the conference facilities and funding to cover the
local expenses of conference presenters. The American Philosophical
Society and Tokyo Christian Woman's University have also provided funding
for our project. We have just completed our grant application to the
National Endowment of the Humanities to fund travel costs for U.S.-based
presenters. NEH announcements will be made in June 2005. Finally, we
are investigating opportunities to cover the travel costs of presenters
from other parts of the world and fund additional conference expenses.
the request of several of our colleagues, we have revised our schedule
for submission of drafts and final papers.
panel papers submitted
comments to panelists
1, 2005 to February 1, 2006
papers posted on website
participants' papers due
papers on web-site
April 27-29, 2006
committee discusses publication
of conference volume with publishers
papers submitted to volume editors
submitted to publisher
is important that we all meet the deadlines to ensure that we have time
to read the papers before the conference and engage in discussion. Also,
coherence of the papers around our major themes is essential for our
ultimate goal of publishing an edited volume from the conference. Please
be sure that your paper engages with the analytical framework of the
conference and contributes to the historical literature on American
women and mission.
expect to have a dedicated web site "Women and Mission" in
operation by November. As our project develops, we will keep you informed.
We are very enthusiastic about the conference and look forward to working
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With best wishes
from the organizing committee,
Kathryn Kish Sklar,
Rui Kohiyama, Barbara Reeves-Ellington and Connie Shemo