First Meeting for Scholar and Feminist IV, 1976, page 2

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          As a concrete suggestion, it was asked that a speaker be sought who was
analyzing in a scholarly way the effect of hierarchy on feminist conscious-
ness. A few women were suggested, but it was agreed that discussion of
specific speakers for the conference be put off until a later meeting.

The question of the role of the feminist scholar within hierarchical
institutions led to considerable discussion. There was difference of
opinion on the issue of whether feminism implies an ideal of collective
work. Some saw a dichotomy between such a proposed ideal and the individ-
ualistic, competitive reality of an academic institution. Others disagreed.

It was proposed that concrete ways be sought to represent the contradictions
between “collective” and "individual" work and achievement. It was sug-
gested that perhaps one speaker or workshop could concentrate on the prob-
lems of collective structure (e.g. a collectively organized editorial
board), It was then pointed out that a focus on the problems of organiza-
tion would fail to incorporate the balance of scholarly and feminist con-
cerns that has characterized past conferences, though some present believed
that a feminist conference ought not to separate practical politics from
academics. The problem was finally posed as a question: is hierarchical
structure really reflective of an essentially "male" perspective or is it
in fact necessary?

The diverse problems of collectivity vs. individualism, communalism vs.
hierarchy, objective vs. subjective, male vs. female and so forth, were
summed up by a statement that the discussion seemed to return again and
again to the questions of dualism, division and hierarchy. It was
generally felt that this might be a focus or at least a starting point
for future discussion. It was suggested that in discussing the theme for
the 1977 conference, it ought to be remembered that former conferences
had established a sort of continuum of theme and that this might perhaps
suggest at least a direction for discussion - that is, where do we go
from “The Search for Origins?” Hester Eisenstein, a former conference
coordinator, cautioned that a theme should not be chosen too quickly,
that it was important to continue discussion.

Thursday, September 30, at 12:30 p.m., was the date set for the next plan-
ning meeting, which will also be held in the Women's Center. It was an-
nounced that the scheduled date for the conference is April 23, 1977.

Those present:

Julia Chase, Wanda Chin, Carol Christ, Doris Coster, Hester Eisenstein,
Mary Farrington, Barbara Gutierrez, Jane Gould, Emily Heilbrun, Barbara
Hertz, Judy Johnston, Rena Krakow, Sue Libow, Linda Marks, Ellen McManus,
Nancy Miller, Elizabeth Minnich, Joan Peters, Esther Rowland, Sue Sacks,
Maria von Salisch, Carrie Sandin, Joan Storey, Suzanne Wemple, Jill Wenig