Amended CfP – The Problem of Sources in Women’s Memory from the Ottoman Era to the Present

CALL FOR PAPERS

Based on requests from colleagues, the coverage for 20th Anniversary
Symposium of the Women’s Library and Information Centre Foundation in
Istanbul, has now been extended as:

“The Problem of Sources in Women’s Memory”

rather than limiting itself to the Turkish case from the Ottoman Era to
the Present. There will now be two parallel sessions. One on Turkish
issues and one Women’s Archives, in general. To couple this change, the
deadline for submitting summaries is now postponed to 1 July 2008

 From 17-19 April 2009, as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations,
the Women’s Library and Information Centre [WLIC] will be holding an
international symposium on “The Problem of Sources in Women’s Memory”

The symposium will offer, we believe, the broadest examination to date
on “sources in women’s studies and women’s history.” Our aim is to
create a setting in which a broad range of international women
researchers and women historians can come together and share their
research findings.

We are addressing the issue of sources because in Turkey, as in many
other parts of the world, women researchers and women historians find
these sources at their disposal rarely include gender-based
classifications. We hope that this symposium will provide an opportunity
to share experiences about problems tackled and solved (or not, as the
case may be) in using these sources. In addition, we plan to develop a
common gender-based policy on the problem of sources in women’s memory
and publish it at the end of the symposium in order to facilitate the
development of a new policy by relevant organizations and institutions.

Through this symposium, we aim to raise and discuss a wide range of
issues including, but not limited to, the policies of official state
institutions concerning documents on issues relating to women, the
evaluation of documents on women’s issues from a gender perspective, the
process of preparing a national catalogue on women’s documents, as seen
in a number of other countries, the problem of awareness in the
conservation of these sources, the destruction or deletion of sources
for political or other special reasons. During the symposium we expect
to learn of new and enlightening approaches, and we hope that our
discussions, and the resolutions at the end of the symposium, will
provide guidance and leadership to official and private institutions on
their handling of documents and archives relating to women’s studies and
women’s history.

Possible subjects for discussion at the symposium

* Policies of official and private organizations and institutions on
archiving documents related to women (libraries and archive centers
specialized on historical archives, as the Ottoman Archive Center; the
Republic Archive Center; the National Library; the Ministry of Tourism
and Culture; the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture
(IRCICA); the Centre for Islamic Studies (ISAM) etc),

* Evaluating documents by or about women from a gender perspective,

* The use of Western sources in women’s studies; problems arising in the
use of Western sources,

* Incorporating women’s archives in the curriculum of women’s studies
programmes,

* The process of preparing a national catalogue on women’s documents
(from official and private sources),

* The “awareness” issue in protecting women’s documents,

* Methodology in women’s studies and women’s history,

* The destruction, disapperance of women’s documents and archives, or
reluctance to offer access to the researchers for political reasons or
privacy concerns,

* The invisibility of women’s documents in private archives and the
“hidden archives” issue.

* The accessibility or non-accessibility of women’s documents, sharing
experiences

* Conservation and evaluation of documents relating to the everyday life
of women,

* The internet as a basic source for women’s studies and women’s history,

* The use of miscellaneous visual cinema sources, such as film, cinema
magazines, and cinema-related cuttings, in women’s studies and women’s
history,

* Conservation of the documents of women’s organizations and women’s
professional institutions,

* Comparison between the Women’s Library and Information Centre in
Istanbul and other women’s libraries abroad, related to the acquisition,
protection and dissemination of women documents,

* The use of literary sources, such as poetry, novels, stories, theatre
etc in women’s studies,

* Various other discussion subjects on source and archive related
issues, including women’s studies, women’s history, women’s
organizations, women’s periodicals, women’s publications, women’s
professions and women’s biography etc…

Organization Details

Papers submitted for this symposium will be collected, evaluated and
selected by an evaluation committee, and selected presentations will be
published before the symposium for dissemination during the sessions.

No participation fee will be required from researchers wishing to attend
the symposium. Researchers attending the symposium from within Turkey or
from abroad to present papers will meet their own travel and
accommodation costs; but tea and coffee refreshments will be provided,
and Kadir Has University will open throughout the symposium a buffet
lunch facility. Dinner events will be organized for participants in
order to offer a relaxed atmosphere to the attending members for
discussions (participants will pay the cost of their own food).

Women researchers and women historians wishing to present their paper to
the international symposium should send titles of proposed papers
together with a 300-500 word summary to the symposium secretariat by 1
July 2008. Once papers have been selected, a second call will be sent to
those preparing the selected papers on 1 August 2008, so that papers can
be prepared in conformity with a jointly agreed style and format. The
final 5,000-15,000 word texts of the papers will be sent by 1 December
2008 to the secretariat by e-mail. The Women’s Library and Information
Centre and the Kadir Has University will prepare and publish a book
based on a collection of the papers submitted to the Women’s Library and
Information Centre, prefaced with a substantial introduction, for launch
and sale at the opening of the symposium on 17 April 2009.
International Symposium Organization Committee:

Assistant Prof. Dr. Selhan Savcıgil Endres
Member of the General Board of the Women’s Library and Information Centre
Foundation
Member of Kadir Has University teaching staff
mailto: sendres@khas.edu.tr

Tülin Tankut
Member of the Executive Committee of the Women’s Library and Information
Centre Foundation
kadineserleri@gmail.com

Aslı Davaz
Founding-member and member of the Executive Committee of the Women’s
Library and Information Centre Foundation
adavaz@otoanaliz.net

Symposium Secretariat:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bekir Kemal Ataman
Archives Consultant to the Women’s Library and Information Centre
Foundation,
Member of Marmara University teaching staff
bka@marmara.edu.tr

Assistant Prof. Dr. Yavuz Selim Karakışla
Women’s History Researcher
Member of Bophorus University teaching staff
ykarakisla@boun.edu.tr

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