LUSOTOPIE is proposing a special dossier on gender in the Portuguese-speaking world. Recent decades have seen a dramatic increase in research and publications on women and gender in Lusophone Africa, Brazil, and Portugal itself, with some contributions on Goa, East Timor, and the Portuguese-speaking diaspora throughout the world. Feminist scholars have made it clear that women must be included and that we understand history and society in new and stronger ways when women are centered in our research. Gay and lesbian studies, the study of masculinities, and the development of queer theory have complicated the way we think about gender, taking us beyond ideas about women alone.
Whether addressing questions of representation or those of political rule and the state, the study of women and gender is always, at some level, about power. But the centrality of the study of power in gendered analysis is often more implicit than explicit. We seek articles that while dealing with one or many of the various facets of gender sketched above, address the question of power directly. While perhaps most typically addressed as the relation of man to woman, we invite a much broader conceptualization of the arenas of gendered power. Such areas include but are not limited to: politics, religion, marriage and the family, education, the economy, and expressive practices such as art, popular culture, literature, and performance.
We are seeking contributions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, concerning various parts of the Portuguese-speaking world in the past or the present. We are particularly interested in research that introduces new approaches, tangles with difficult issues, and makes unexpected comparisons across the Lusophone experience. We hope that by bringing together this group of articles, we will glean new insights for how to think about gender and about the lusophonic world. Articles may be submitted in Portuguese, English, or French.
Please contact the special dossier co-editors for formatting information prior to submitting your completed paper for consideration:
Kathleen Sheldon, (e-mail address given below), and Marissa Moorman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 1 February 2005.
Center for the Study of Women
2524 Hershey Hall
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Department of History
742 Ballantine Hall
1020 E. Kirkwood
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103
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