The current political climate presents significant threats, such as the resurgence of white supremacy and racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, ableism, and heterosexism, as well as attacks on humanitarian and scientific knowledge. These challenges intersect with and complicate the global debate over climate change, economic disparity, and war and conflict. For these reasons, many feel that we are in a time of unprecedented crisis. There is an urgent need for historical discussions to situate the current milieu within the long trajectory of history.
Therefore, the 18th annual Women’s and Gender History Symposium at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign seeks graduate papers that foreground histories of women, gender, and/or sexuality, and seek to understand, explore, confront, or interpret various forms of crisis.