Dolls—from ancient artifacts to electronic representations—are ubiquitous cultural forms. What do girls have to say about dolls? What do dolls say about girlhood? By exploring the dynamics between representations, generations, and genders, this themed issue aims to interrogate the doll as an artifact of the cultural construct and lived experiences of girlhoods. Seeking 7,000-word essays for publication in Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (published by Berghahn Journals) in 2012, we invite contributors to historicize, theorize, and problematize the meanings of dolls to girls and grownups across time, space, cultures, and academic disciplines. Recognizing the challenges that the study of inarticulate objects and often prearticulate players present to research, we encourage the creative application of: multi- and interdisciplinary approaches; theoretical explanations; methodological practices; and subfields. Authors should send a 150-word abstract, institutional affiliations, contact information, and email address.
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