The editors of Women and Genocide: An Anthology to be published by Canadian Scholar’s Press Inc./Women’s Press in 2015, invite chapter submissions of original research from interdisciplinary scholars on narratives, memoirs, and testimonies of women survivors of the following genocides: North American indigenous, Armenian, Holocaust/Jewish, Holocaust/Roma-Sinti, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Sudan. This edited book examines the unique experiences of women in comparative genocidal contexts. In our view, gender matters. We are interested in examining how women processed their identity as women in both a physical and emotional context. In a physical context we are interested in exploring how women addressed their gendered identity, for example, if they lost their hair, experienced amenorrhea, were forced to dress uniformly, or suffered sexual exploitation. Emotionally, we are interested in understanding how women processed what was happening to them as individuals and their gendered roles as mothers, daughters, sisters, etc. in the larger genocidal context.
Our approach is a four point comparative framework derived from earlier Holocaust studies (Ofer and Weitzman 1998) that examines (1) the impact of culturally defined roles of women; (2) women’s “anticipatory reactions,” not just in the sense of what perpetrators would do to men, but to women as well. In examining anticipatory reactions, we explore women’s political and social awareness as the genocidal process unfolds; (3) the extent that women were treated differently than men; and (4) their reactions and processes as women to the physical and emotional circumstances of experiencing genocide. Each chapter should also contain a short historical summary of the genocide.
If you are interested in contributing a chapter, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and a short bio-sketch by June 1st 2014 to Dr. JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Donna Gosbee at email@example.com. If your abstract is accepted, you will be expected to submit a completed chapter (maximum 8000 words) by August 31, 2014.
Editors: Dr. JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz, Texas A&M University Galveston and Donna Gosbee, Texas A&M University-Commerce.