INVITATION TO SUBMIT ABSTRACT for innovative volume on Gender and Conflict, Then and Now: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (abstract deadline Thurs February 12th, 2009)
Gender and Conflict, Then and Now: Interdisciplinary Perspectives.
ed. by Ana Carden-Coyne,
(Centre for the Cultural History of War, University of Manchester, UK).
This proposed edited volume will be submitted to Amanda Calpern and Louella McCarthy, Series Editors, Gender and History, Palgrave, Macmillan, Basingstoke.
This edited volume aims to offer insightful, provocative, and timely essays on gender and conflict addressed through interdisciplinary and intertemporal engagement. It will bring together twelve scholars from different disciplinary, institutional, and cultural contexts in order to explore historical and contemporary relationships between gender and war/conflict, and the impact of conflict on constructions and lived experiences of gender, which is taken in the widest sense to cover a multiplicity of masculinities, femininities, and queer identities.
The diverse perspectives featured in the volume, including both renowned and emerging researchers, will illuminate fresh ways of interrogating and developing understanding of gender, war and conflict. The volume will be useful for scholars, and undergraduate and postgraduate students in history, visual and social anthropology, sociology, cultural theory, visual culture, drama and performance studies, politics, development and government studies.
Published volumes and monographs on gender and war/conflict largely follow a disciplinary trajectory with the result that the focus and methods often remain narrow. Increasingly scholars in war and conflict studies are finding interdisciplinary conferences and publications offer important dialogues that open up new questions and new ways of approaching the critical themes of their research. Following on from conferences such as the War and Our World (Manchester, UK) and the Berkshire Women’s History conference (Minneapolis, US), this volume aims to further these scholarly conversations.
Interdisciplinary and Intertemporal Approaches
First, each essay should offer an interdisciplinary approach to their case study. The volume asks contributors to think about – and demonstrate – how their work connects with other disciplines, for instance such as through ideas, key questions, and theoretical approaches.
Second, each essay should address the theme of ‘Then and Now’. Contributors should aim to link their particular case studies to historical and contemporary issues.
* If working on a historical period, how do the key findings of the research relate to today or to subsequent conflicts? What can we learn from the past? What key issues and key questions do we still need to be addressing in order to understand the gendered meaning and consequences of war/conflict?
* If working in a contemporary framework, how does an awareness of continuity and change - the past/present – offer deeper critical perspective? How can contemporary researchers engage with the past to illuminate their case studies? What critical questions remain about gender, war and conflict, then and now? And what stones are the left unturned? What directions do we need to be going in this critical line of inquiry?
cultures of violence
theorizing the ‘pleasure cultures’ of war
globalization and militarization
war and ‘biological citizenship’
masculinity, heroism and male power structures
women and nationalism
gender and peacekeeping
gender, population displacement and forced migration
women, conflict and religion; sexual politics
disability; queering military history
torture, abuse and complicity
women in power; men in power
gender and resistance
sexual violence and sexual slavery
the militarized citizen's body
gendered spaces of violence
silences; the media and the gendered communication of war
reconstructions and postwar life
gender, justice and the politics of ‘reconciliation’.
Contributors should email their ABSTRACT ONLY by Thursday February 12, 2009 to the volume editor, Ana Carden-Coyne: email@example.com
Once the full submission has been approved by the Gender and History Series Editors, and the Commissioning Editor (Humanities, Palgrave), a further deadline will be issued for the final essay. Contributions should be no more than 6,000 words (including footnotes).
About the Editor.
Ana Carden-Coyne is co-Director of the Centre for the Cultural History of War, at the University of Manchester, and co-founder of the Disability History Group, UK. She has published on the cultural history of the body, war and sexuality, gender and commemoration. She co-edited Cultures of the Abdomen: A History of Diet, Digestion and Fat in the Modern World (with Christopher E. Forth, Palgrave, 2005), and a special edition of European Review of History (‘Enabling the Past: New Perspectives in the History of Disability’ with Julie Anderson, 2007). Her book Reconstructing the Body: Classicism, Modernism and the First World War is to be published by Oxford University Press, September 2009. Her next project is Men in Pain: Injury, Disability and Masculinities at War.
DR Ana Carden-Coyne
Centre for the Cultural History of War
School of Arts, Histories and Cultures
University of Manchester
M139PL, UK. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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