Building an Interdisciplinary Field:
The Legacies of Signs
Panel Discussion - April 6, 2006
New Brunswick, New Jersey
This event was dedicated to the history of Signs, an interdisciplinary journal on women's studies, as part of the journal's 30th anniversary celebration. The archives of Signs are housed in the Rutgers Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives.
The panel discussion documented here addressed the role of Signs in the creation and institutionalization of the field of women's and gender studies, and featured former editors of the journal.
The entire panel discussion was recorded and is available for viewing as a streaming video in RUcore, The Rutgers Institutional Repository.
|Prelude and Opening Remarks||Time stamps|
|Begins with the day's slide show designed by Professor Jacqueline Thaw and pictures of the entering crowd.||0:00|
Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
Journals Division, University of Chicago Press
Editor of Signs, 2005-
Concludes her introduction by asking the Distinguished Panelists to "take us back to the founding moments of each of their editorships, and describe their original visions for the journal, the temporal context in which they undertook their work, the strategies they devised to realize their vision, and the challenges they confronted."
Founding Editor of Signs, Barnard College, 1975-1980
|Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi
Editor of Signs, Stanford University, 1980-1985
University of Minnesota, Co-Editor of Signs, 1990-1995
|Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres
Co-Editor of Signs, 1990-1995
University of Washington, Editor of Signs, 1995-2000
UCLA, Co-Editor of Signs, 2000-2005
"There is a time lag involved in the publication process. In such a dynamic environment, how
did you separate out what you wanted to be working with 1 year later and what kind of
interruptions happened to your plans, particularly with the internal politics of feminism?"
Stimpson and Gelpi
Joeres and Laslett
Allen and Norberg
"What is your most significant accomplishment?"
This panel discussion 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 were Kayo Denda, the women's & gender studies librarian, and Fernanda Perrone, the special collections librarian overseeing the SIGNS archive at Rutgers.