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          ~ . s _ 'Barz1arz7l College; ,

December 20, 1974

Progress Report: Second Academic Conference
From: Nancy K. Miller, Academic Coordinator

Recent feminist scholarship has begun to redefine the parameters and tools of
research. Our second academic conference, The Scholar and The Feminist*II:
Toward New Criteria of Relevance, will examine these new models and modes of
investigation. As the title suggests, this year's conference represents both
a continuum with last year's ~— an exploration of the personal impact of fem—
inism on an individual‘s scholarship —— and a broader perspective, an examina-
tion of the ideological impact of feminism on the research process in general.
The conference will be held at Barnard on Saturday, April 12, 1975, and
attendance will be limited to 250 people.

In the morning there will be one general session with two major papers. His-
torian Joan Kelly Gadol, of CUNY, will discuss the social relations between
the sexes as a criterion of historical inquiry, and biologist Helen Lambert
of Northeastern University will analyze contemporary interpretations of sex
differentials. Commentary on the papers will be given by Professor Catharine
R. Stimpson, of the Barnard English Department. The panel discussion will be
moderated by Professor Annette Baxter, of the Barnard History Department.

The afternoon will be devoted to seminars, l2 seminars with 20 participants
each, Each leader will present a l0 minute paper presenting new research and
raising issues for discussion. Since we plan to pre—register participants, it
will be possible to suggest recommended readings which would permit discussion
of a fairly technical nature. Although each seminar will have a specific
focus, all seminar leaders will be expected to situate their discussion within
the context of the following questions:

1. what are the ideological assumptions made in your field about
data, methodology, interpretation, etc., that explicitly or implicitly affect
the "truth" of research —- particularly in regard to women?

2. How are the criteria of relevance in scholarship challenged
and/or defined by a feminist perspective? A p '

3. How does fgminist ideology affect the amassing and interprea
ting of data, or the interpretation of a text?

‘ 4. What kinds of new questions are being asked by feminists in
your field? What kinds of new answers are forthcoming?

5. what direction might new research take?

Among the topics for the afternoon seminars are: psychological autonomy, cul-
tural criticism, textual analysis, research and activism —- all from a femw
inist perspective. Some of the speakers: Helen Bacon, Barnard; Carole Dun~
can, Ramapo; Myra Jehlen, SUNY, Purchase; Mary Jean Tully, NOW; Hester
Eisenstein and Sue Sacks, Bernard. 7