This summer, the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women comes to Canada for the first time. The DSU is pleased to be participating in the conference both by lending our resources for infrastructure support and by teaching a workshop on Islandora during the Berks' Digital Lab on Friday 23 May. You can check out the Digital Lab schedule here. A list of digital projects curated by Berks organizers is available here.
About the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians and "Big Berks":
The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians formed in 1930 in response to women academics’ sense of professional isolation. Although allowed to join the American Historical Association (the professional organization for historians in the U.S.), women were never invited to the “smokers,” the parties, the dinners and the informal gatherings where the leading men of the profession introduced their graduate students to their colleagues and generally shepherded them into history jobs in colleges and universities.
The best-known aspect of our organization is the meeting of the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, or “Big Berks,” held every three years. The Big Berkshire Conference began in the early 1970s and grew out of the flourishing interest in women’s studies across the country. The first Berkshire Conference on the History of Women took place at Douglass College, Rutgers University, in 1973. Expecting only 100 or so participants, the Douglass conference drew instead three times that number, prompting calls for another.