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Launching a Journal, Building an Interdisciplinary Field: The Legacies of SIGNS

The Rutgers University Libraries welcome the Rutgers community and the public to view an exhibit on the history of SIGNS, an interdisciplinary journal on women's studies, as part of the journal's 30th anniversary celebration. The exhibit will trace the emergence and development of the feminist intellectual community, the critical role played by Rutgers feminist faculty and the Institute for Women's Leadership in that development, and the connections between feminist theory, practice, and scholarship. The exhibit will be on display in the Mabel Smith Douglass Library beginning in late March. The archives of SIGNS are housed in the Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives.

The exhibition opening reception will be held on Thursday April 6th, 3:00 - 4:00 pm. To mark the exhibit opening, the Libraries in conjunction with SIGNS will hold a panel discussion, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., on the role of SIGNS in the creation and institutionalization of the field of women's and gender studies, featuring the former editors of the journal. Participants in the panel discussion include:

  • Catharine Stimpson, founding editor, Barnard College and Rutgers University
  • Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi, Stanford University
  • Jean O'Barr, Duke University
  • Ruth-Ellen Joeres, University of Minnesota
  • Barbara Laslett, University of Minnesota
  • Carolyn Allen, University of Washington
  • Judith Howard, University of Washington
  • Kathryn Norberg, UCLA
  • Mary Hawkesworth, Rutgers University, (new SIGNS journal editor)

All events held in the Mabel Smith Douglass Room
Mabel Smith Douglass Library
Douglass College, Rutgers University
8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

This exhibition and panel discussion have received the generous support of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Dean for the Humanities, the Department of Women's & Gender Studies, the Institute for Women's Leadership, and the Rutgers University Libraries. Exhibition curators are Kayo Denda, the women's & gender studies librarian, and Fernanda Perrone, the special collections librarian overseeing the SIGNS archive at Rutgers.

This event was captured on video and is now an online exhibit.

Posted March 29, 2006; (August 19, 2008)