Special Issue of Gender & History: Gender History Across Epistemologies
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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Special Issue of Gender & History:
Gender History across Epistemologies
Edited by Mary Jo Maynes and Donna Gabaccia
We are editing a special issue of Gender & History that will address "Gender History across Epistemologies." The editors hope to promote conversations that bridge scholarly communities and epistemological and methodological divides. We especially seek contributions, either as individual or co-authored papers or in pairs or clusters, that highlight or problematize the diverse assumptions and methods of gender history as it is understood and practiced across the humanities, the historical social sciences, and historical approaches to natural sciences. How have these diverse fields contributed to gender history and responded to each other in recent years? Can positivist and anti-positivist approaches to gender history productively address one another and, if so, how? Which arenas of gender history are currently producing constructive exchanges across methodologies and even epistemologies, and what are the innovative directions in which gender history could move in the future?
These are large questions. We seek contributions that can address them through historical research on a particular time, place, and/or topic, and that also problematize “ways of knowing” – the epistemological presumptions, methodological decisions, limits and possibilities inherent in various approaches to studying gender historically. We are open to submissions on all periods and themes and from all approaches. Possible arenas of cross-epistemological or cross-methodological exchanges would include, for example: Cultural anthropology and the categories of gender and kinship; quantitative data and the relationality of gender; the gendering of economic theory and gendered analyses of production and consumption; case law approaches to legal history and literary approaches to self-representation; approaches to studying embodiment and subjectivity when mediated through texts; gender and the state, statelessness, and transnationalism. These are merely indications of the kinds of dialogue we hope to generate; submissions on these or any other topic are welcome, as long as they explicitly address epistemology/methodology as well as being grounded in a specific area of research in gender history.
We seek contributions from scholars at all levels. We especially encourage proposals that address the epistemological issues raised by the use of letters as sources and by the gendered history of science and the body. For temporal and geographic balance, we would welcome proposals that focus on the time period before 1700 or on Asian history.
March 15, 2011 Deadline for abstracts of articles which would be submitted directly to Gender & History for consideration for special issue
Mid-May Feedback from editors on abstracts `````````submitted by March 15 deadline
July 15, 2011 Deadline for revised articles submitted to Gender & History for review process and consideration for special issue
September 2011 through March 2012 Editorial process
June 15, 2012 Deadline for final revisions
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