Panel discussion: academic work “from the outside”

This Friday, August 19, I’ll be speaking as part of a roundtable discussion on/with scholars who have become part of and/or continue to access the history profession from the “outside,” broadly construed. The session is hosted by the Coordinating Committee of Women in History, which is a FABULOUS organization that also provides fellowships for research, an online writing community, and much more. Come join in! Here’s their official announcement:

The CCWH mentorship committee is pleased to announce a new professional development series, made available by a generous grant from the AHA. The series would include e-sessions and virtual workshops on topics relevant to our membership. Meetings will be held on Fridays at 1pm EST/noon CST/10am PST.

The first session, “From the Outside”, will be held Friday, August 19th at 1pm EST. This will be a roundtable discussion with a panel of scholars who have entered the history profession from the “outside” – broadly construed.The term is purposefully broad and meant to include a myriad of different backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints. 

Unlike many of our other events, this will be a very open discussion that welcomes anyone who relates to doing history “from the outside,” be it from another discipline, industry, or from outside of academia, or from a different place, experience, or background. The session will discuss barriers, issues of imposter syndrome, and other topics in a Q&A format, and will welcome input and questions from attendees. Our panel consists of historians who cover just a handful of these, and hope that we will get plenty more viewpoints and participants from the audience.

The speakers include:

Kendra Preston Leonard: a musicologist and music theorist whose work focuses on women and music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and music and screen history. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive. The author of six scholarly books and numerous articles and book chapters, she is a frequent guest speaker on music history, music and gender, research techniques and methods, and maintaining a scholarly career outside of academia. 

Stefanie Shackleton: an early career historian whose research focuses on class, culture, and gender in the nineteenth-century British Empire. She is currently a research fellow at the Institute of Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. As a first-generation and non-traditional student and academic, she has been active in mentorship and advocacy efforts that seek to make higher education equitable for all students who wish to pursue it. Stefanie is also the Mentorship Coordinator for the CCWH.

Adrienne Sockwell: a writer, archival researcher, and interdisciplinary thinker, with a focus on developing a public history practice that partners with history museums, archives, and cultural heritage institutions. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in History at the University of Texas at Austin and works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, TX.

The link for the August 19th session is available here: When: Aug 19, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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