Welcome to the Sixteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women to be held in Toronto on May 22 – 25, 2014.  The University of Toronto is hosting the first Canadian “Big Berks” in collaboration with co-sponsoring units and universities in Toronto and across Canada.

When you register for the conference, you can sign up for enlightening, exciting, and fun events (tours, workshops, and evening programming) organized for conference participants. We’ll be adding more programming over the coming months: there are still tickets for the Friday Night @ the Berks. On Thursday Night, check-out the premier of documentary film maker Renata Keller’s film on pioneer woman historian Gerda Lerner, Living History: Documenting Gerda Lerner’s Life and Work. Saturday Night @ the Berks will include a drag king and queen show and the dance (lineup TBA). We’ll be updating our posts. For more information, check back with us again and again!

             Where is the Berks?

The main conference venue will be Hart House and University College on the University of Toronto St George Campus (downtown). The printed programs can be picked up where registration will take place, which is at University College. On the Friday, some of our sessions will take place at the Art Gallery of Ontario, a short walk away from the main conference hub. To view a map of these locations, click here.

What is the Berks?

The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians formed in 1930 in response to women academics’ sense of professional isolation. Although allowed to join the American Historical Association (the professional organization for historians in the U.S.), women were never invited to the “smokers,” the parties, the dinners and the informal gatherings where the leading men of the profession introduced their graduate students to their colleagues and generally shepherded them into history jobs in colleges and universities.

The best-known aspect of our organization is the meeting of the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, or “Big Berks,” held every three years. The Big Berkshire Conference began in the early 1970s and grew out of the flourishing interest in women’s studies across the country. The first Berkshire Conference on the History of Women took place at Douglass College, Rutgers University, in 1973. Expecting only 100 or so participants, the Douglass conference drew instead three times that number, prompting calls for another.

To read more, visit the Berks organization website @ http://berksconference.org/history

Workshop papers

Click on the button below to upload your workshop paper. Workshop papers will be accessible to registered participants starting April 15.


Bienvenue à cette 16e édition du Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, qui se tiendra à Toronto du 22 au 25 mai 2014. L’Université de Toronto accueille cette première « Big Berks » canadienne, ​en ​collaboration ​avec ​plusieurs ​​universités et organismes torontois ​et ​canadiens.

Tout vous inscrivant au congrès, vous pouvez participer à une foule d’activités variées : visites guidées, ateliers, expositions, événements nocturnes, etc. Toutes sont décrites en détail sur notre site. Plusieurs étant contingentées, ne tardez pas à vous y inscrire. Le documentaire de Renata Keller intitulé Living History: Documenting Gerda Lerner’s Life and Work sera projeté Jeudi soir (Thursday Night). Il reste aussi des billets pour Friday Night @ the Berks. Samedi soir, un spectacle de “drag king and queen” aura lieu  (Saturday Night @ the Berks).

Où le Berks se déroule-t-il ?

Le congrès se tient essentiellement à Hart House ainsi qu’à University College, sur le campus St-Georges de l’Université de Toronto, au centre-ville. Des programmes imprimés sont disponibles au kiosque des inscriptions (University College). Certaines séances du vendredi auront lieu à la Art Gallery of Ontario, à quelques pas du site principal du colloque.

Pour une carte des principaux sites du congrès, cliquez ici.

Textes d’atelier

Cliquez sur le bouton ci-bas pour télécharger le texte de votre présentation d’atelier (votre “workshop paper”). Tous les textes de ce type seront disponibles en ligne dès le 15 avril pour les personnes inscrites.