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  Conference Program

Thursday, April 27, 2006
4:30 p.m. Opening Remarks: Kathryn Kish Sklar
4:50 p.m. Welcome to Oxford: Richard Carwardine
5:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Jane Hunter, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon
Introduced by Kathryn Kish Sklar
6:00 p.m. Reception and Dinner
Friday, April 28, 2006
9:00 Coffee
9:30-11:30 Session I: Women
Panelists: Mary Kupiec Cayton, History Department, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
"Constructing a Benevolent Public: Women, the Evangelical Press, and the Foreign Mission Movement in New England, 1800-1840"

  Barbara Reeves-Ellington, History Department, Siena College, Loudonville, New York
"Transferring American Domesticity: Women, Mission, and Nation-Building in Ottoman Europe, 1832-1876"

  Susan Haskell Khan, History Department, University of California at Berkeley
"'Sisters under the Skin': American Protestant Women and the 'New Woman' of India"

Chair & Commentator: Mary Renda, Departments of History and Women's Studies, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA.

11:30-12:45 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Session II: Mission
Panelists: Beth Baron, Graduate Center, City University of New York
"Revival on the Nile: "Mama" Trasher and the Asyut Orphanage"
  Rui Kohiyama, Tokyo Woman's Christian University, Japan
"'Stiff Little Baptists' and Unfulfilled Purposes Overseas: Tokyo Woman's Christian College and the Decline of American Women's Foreign Mission Enterprise in 1910s and 20s"
  Sue Gronewold, History Department, Kean University, Union, New Jersey
"New Life/New Faith/New Women: Competing Images of
Modernity at Shanghai's Door of Hope"
  Wendy Urban-Mead, Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
"An 'Unwomanly' Woman and Her Sons in Christ: Faith, Empire and Gender in Colonial Rhodesia, 1898-1906"

Chair & Commentator: Maria Jaschok, International Gender Studies Center, University of Oxford
3:30 Tea and Coffee break
4:00-6:00 Session III: Nation
Panelists: R. Bryan Bademan, Department of History, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield Connecticut
"'Government is Religion': Frances Willard's Christianized Nationalism"

  Derek Chang, History Department, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
"Imperial Encounters at Home: Women, Empire, and the Home Mission Project in Late-Nineteenth Century America"
  Sylvia Jacobs, History Department, North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina
"African-American Women Missionaries in Africa, 1880-1930: The Confluence of Race, Culture, Identity, and Nation"
Chair & Commentator: Daniel W. Howe, University of Oxford, Emeritus
7:00 Dinner
Saturday, April 29
9:00 Coffee
9:30-11:30 Session IV: Empire
Panelists: Ian Tyrell, Department of History, University of New South Wales
"Woman, Missions, and Empire: New Approaches to American Cultural Expansion"
  Betty Ann Bergland, Department of History and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Wisconsin
"'A Correct Presentation of the Mission Fields': The Women's Missionary Federation and the Bethany Indian Mission in Wittenberg, Wisconsin, 1884-1934"
  Connie Shemo, Department of History, State University of New York at Plattsburgh
"The Medical Ministries of Kang Cheng and Shi Meiyu: Liberation, Transformation and Empire in the Woman's Foreign Mission Society, 1873-1937"
Chair & Commentator: Jay Sexton, History Faculty, University of Oxford

11:30-12:45 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Session V: Concluding Round-Table

Kathryn Kish Sklar, moderator

  • Maria Jaschok, University of Oxford
  • Daniel W. Howe, University of Oxford Emeritus
  • Mary Renda, Mount Holyoke College
  • Jay Sexton, University of Oxford
3:00 Tea and Coffee break
3:30-4:30 Break out groups
  The break-out groups offer the opportunity for us to discuss future directions to continue the work of scholars engaged in this project and for all attendees to organize cooperative future activities, particularly conference panels at professional associations.
4:30 Close of conference

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