Hello, and happy Sunday! A fly-by update of announcements today — two publications that caught my eye lately, two conference programs in my recent past to highlight, and one forthcoming publication of interest — with, as always, the hopes of more soon.
- Charlotte Frew has an article in the most recent issue of the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 41, 2 (2013), which might be of interest to readers. The article is entitled ‘Sister-in-Law Marriage in the Empire: Religious Politics and Legislative Reform in the Australian Colonies 1850-1900’ (pp. 194-210), and examines debates about a man’s marriage to a sister-in-law after his wife’s death. Focused on the Australian context, the article also considers the parallel nineteenth-century debates in England, and in so doing offers insights into a comparative religious, social, and political history of marriage law.
- The American Indian Quarterly‘s most recent issue 37, 1-2 (Winter/Spring 2013) is a special issue on Native Adoption in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. It’s a big one, so if you’re interested in histories of adoption, do check it out.
- A couple weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of venturing south to Portland, Oregon, for the Western Association of Women Historians conference. The program was a fantastic one, and I heard a number of excellent papers that touched on issues of family and colonialism. And Portland = Powell’s Books, of course. I’ll try to expand more on such delights soon, but in the meantime, I highly recommend WAWH‘s 2014 conference at Kellogg West at Cal Poly Pomona.
- I have also just returned from the 2013 Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted this year by my undergraduate alma mater, the University of Victoria. The program for the Canadian Historical Association was, again, an especially exciting one; the Canadian Committee on Women’s History proved themselves to be inspiring and enjoyable company as always; and again, I’ll try to update more soon.
- As with last year’s Congress, I spent a little bit too much time and money in the conference book fair, but I was especially excited to see the UBC Press will be releasing Catherine Carstairs and Nancy Janovicek’s edited volume, Feminist History in Canada: New Essays on Women, Gender, Work, and Nation, in December 2013.
In other news, British Columbia has been on its best Spring behaviour for the past week, and I’m feeling hopeful about June. (Due to Congress, I’m pretending that this is still the beginning of the month – totally fair, right?)
– Laura Ishiguro