Latin Americanist contribution to undergraduate text: "Feminisms of the global South" (working title)
We seek a co-author with expertise in Latin American feminisms, for a companion to general undergraduate textbooks in both Women’s Studies and World History. The book will focus on three regions: South Asia, Africa and Latin America. As currently conceptualized, it will consist of three sections, each focusing on one core region. Each section will consist of a broad thematic overview of feminist movements within the particular region, followed by two chapters, each one providing an analysis of feminism within one particular country in ways accessible to undergraduate readers. Each chapter would be approximately 5000 words in length. The deadline for an extended abstract (1500 - 2000 words) is January 30, 2008.
Undergraduate courses in Women’s Studies in the United States tend to focus primarily on the US. This is the case even where authors wish to provide global information. Even books that aim to provide international perspectives may devote perhaps one or two chapters to ‘international’ feminism. Similarly, while world history textbook authors may acknowledge the importance of (at the least) taking women into account historically, women continue to appear on the margins (or in text boxes) of world history texts. Likewise, although there may be some recognition of feminism as a world-historical movement, little space is devoted to feminism/s.
Our book will provide accessible descriptions and explanations of key feminist movements and theories within the global South, setting them in their historical and geopolitical contexts, demonstrating historical and current connections. It is not an anthology, but rather it will translate difficult theoretical concepts into language that is accessible to undergraduates.
The current authors are academics teaching women’s and gender studies at a small undergraduate teaching college. We bring academic expertise in South Asian and African feminisms, as well as decades of undergraduate teaching and experience in textbook writing. We have also each contributed a chapter to a forthcoming undergraduate text on women in world history.
Please send an extended abstract of between 1500 and 2000 words, in which you provide an overview of key feminist movements and theories in Latin America, setting them in their historical and geopolitical contexts, with reference to the particular foci of the second and third chapters. This would ideally form the basis of the broad thematic overview chapter on Latin America. The extended abstract should be submitted via email by January 30th, 2008. We will respond before February 28th.
Please email us with any questions; we envisage the third author as a full participant in this process. Submissions should be emailed as attachments in Word (2003) to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia van der Spuy
Castleton State College
261 Leavenworth Hall
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