Call For Papers: LEGACY special issue: “Recovering Alice Dunbar-Nelson for the 21st Century”

Special issue, “Recovering Alice Dunbar-Nelson for the 21st Century”

Guest Editors: Sandra Zagarell, Katherine Adams, Caroline Gebhard

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers solicits papers for a special issue devoted to writing by Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Best known today as the author of regionalist short fiction set in her native New Orleans, Dunbar-Nelson was also an essayist, poet, playwright, newspaper columnist and editor, diarist, anthologist, educator, and activist engaged in the suffrage movement and African American political and social advancement.

Neither Dunbar-Nelson’s oeuvre nor her life fits comfortably into the ways of thinking that have traditionally shaped Americanist, African Americanist, and feminist criticism. For example, while some of her short stories openly engage racial inequity, much of the New Orleans fiction seems to hew to an aesthetic that prizes polish over politics. It takes considerable knowledge of the city’s racialized cultural geography and history to recognize how artfully Dunbar-Nelson’s fiction unsettles presumptions about racial and sexual distinctions, religion, ethnicity, nation, class, and gender. Dunbar-Nelson’s own practices of identification were enormously complicated. She was a prominent black activist and public intellectual; she felt that as a light-skinned African American she suffered from reverse colorism; she was herself sometimes derisive about dark-skinned blacks. Her sexuality was fluid: she had sexual-romantic relationships with women as well as men, and her most enduring relationships were with her third husband, Robert J. Nelson, and a woman educator, Edwina B. Kruse.

Despite Akasha Gloria Hull’s pioneering recovery work and the publication of three volumes by the Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers, Dunbar-Nelson’s writing still awaits the recognition it merits. This special issue sets out to revisit Dunbar-Nelson’s work in relation to recent and new areas of scholarly inquiry, including critical regionalisms; new southern studies; intersectional feminist criticism; black print culture and periodicals studies; the rethinking of periodization; and reconsiderations of relationships between genre and literary historiography, politics and aesthetics. Not only do such frameworks promise to bring Dunbar-Nelson’s writing and life more fully into view; the writing and the woman promise to help us complicate and advance these developing frameworks.

The guest editors invite submissions focused on any period or aspect of Dunbar-Nelson’s career, with a special interest in scholarship that looks beyond her New Orleans collections, Violets(1895) and The Goodness of St. Rocque (1899). Comparative analyses with contemporaneous writers are welcome.

Deadline: Completed papers must be submitted by 30 September 2014. Length limit: 10,000 words (including endnotes and list of works cited) using MLA format. Send electronic copies of papers to this special issue’s guest editors: Katherine Adams (, Sandra Zagarell ( and Caroline Gebhard ( Questions may be directed to any of the three.

Call For Papers: Transnationalism, gender and teaching: perspectives from the history of education

Annual Conference of the History of Education Society (UK)
University College Dublin
21st-23rd November 2014CFP 2014

Keynote speakers
Professor Joyce Goodman MBE, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Winchester
Professor Elizabeth Smyth, Vice-Dean, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
Professor Dáire Keogh, President, St Patrick’s College, & Cregan Professor of Modern Irish History, Dublin City University

Papers are invited that examine the conference theme: Transnationalism, gender and teaching: perspectives from the history of education. Papers may also be considered that provide historical perspectives on one of the conference thematic areas: transnationalism and teaching, OR gender and teaching. Papers may address the conference theme through consideration of some of the following, though this list is only suggestive, and not definitive:

International education networks & alliance
Travel, transnational mobility and global citizenship
Knowledge formation & travel writing | education and the Grand Tour
Education and diasporas | missionary education
Travel scholarships, boarding and finishing schools, school tours
Education & experiential travel | teachers as ambassadors
Networks of schools and teachers | voluntarism, voluntary action and education
Life histories| history in the margins | masculinities and femininities
Heritage education and global knowledge| cross-cultural studies and the history of education
Nationality, language and schooling | transnational femininities | space and place
Academic leadership, public intellectuals and international education
Gender and university teaching | gender-differentiated curricula and schooling
Materialities of teaching | visual histories | education archives
Reading, libraries and transnational culture | books, publishing and the transfer of ideas
Teacher education and gender | teacher unions and professional societies

Abstracts (500 words max) should be sent to
Deadline: Friday 12th September 2014

Conference host: School of Education, University College Dublin, Ireland
Conference venue: Bewley’s Hotel / Thomas Prior Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland

Call for Submissions: Education’s Histories

Education’s Histories | methodological grist for the history of education

Education’s Histories is a curated digital research collaborative devoted to methodological and conceptual problems, practices, and innovations in the history of education field. Throughout May 2014, the project debuted “Our Trickster, The School,” by Adrea Lawrence, a serial essay published in four parts. You can begin reading Part 1 here.

We seek research collaborators and specifically, we are looking for:

  • Writers who consider the mode of publication as a conduit for their ideas. What could you do through our digital platform that would not be possible in a traditional print format?
  • Editorial-length essays (1,200 to 2,000 words) probing methodological questions or exhibiting new methodologies
  • Methodologically-based teaching cases, especially those that encourage collaboration and the use of digital tools
  • Group writing and research. Historians notoriously work in isolation; let’s meet through our methods.
  • Multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary book reviews that encourage the field of education history to consider the methodologies employed by our peers
  • Reviews of software, multimedia, and web applications that push education historians to be digitally conversant

This is by no means an exhaustive list. We hope you surprise us. Please send a brief  (250 words) description of your idea(s) to

We accept submissions on a rolling basis. The review process proceeds in two stages: (1) Education’s Histories co-curators work with writer(s) to finalize ideas and format (2) writers(s) will be matched with at least one open peer reviewer.

Why write with us?

  • Fast submission to publication turnaround
  • Commitment to open-access publishing
  • Open-peer review
  • Methodological risk-taking encouraged
  • Graduate students work with faculty

We believe due credit should be given for digital scholarship and continue to strive to make Education’s Histories a scholarly home for our publishers, as well as an accessible resource for their intended audiences and those beyond their usual reach. We can work with authors to provide Google analytics, such as page views and average site visit duration.

Interested in learning more about Education’s Histories?

Consider becoming a subscriber to Education’s Histories in order to receive regular updates on the project. Subscribers also receive a personal copy of articles and essays delivered to their inbox; this publication is a great classroom resource!

We look forward to hearing from you,

Adrea Lawrence & Sara Clark, co-curators |

Award: Coordinating Council for Women in History Awards

CCWH Nupur Chaudhuri First Article Award 2014

The Coordinating Council for Women in History Nupur Chaudhuri First Article Award is an annual $1000 prize that recognizes the best first article published in the field of history by a CCWH member. Named to honor Nupur Chaudhuri, long-time CCWH board member and former executive director and co-president from 1995-1998, the winning article for 2014 must be published in a refereed journal in either 2012 or 2013. An article may only be submitted once.  All fields of history will be considered, and articles must be submitted with full scholarly apparatus. The deadline for the award is 15 September 2014. Please go to for membership and online application details.

CCWH/Berks Graduate Student Fellowship 2014

The Coordinating Council for Women in History and the Berkshire Conference of Women’s History Graduate Student Fellowship is a $1000 award to a graduate student completing a dissertation in a history department. The award is intended to support either a crucial stage of research or the final year of writing. The applicant must be a CCWH member; must be a graduate student in a history department in a U.S. institution; must have passed to A.B.D. status by the time of application; may specialize in any field of history; may hold this award and others simultaneously; and need not attend the award ceremony to receive the award. The deadline for the award is 15 September 2014. Please go to for membership and online application details.

CCWH Ida B. Wells Graduate Student Fellowship 2014

The Coordinating Council for Women in History Ida B. Wells Graduate Student Fellowship is an annual award of $1000 given to a graduate student working on a historical dissertation that interrogates race and gender, not necessarily in a history department. The award is intended to support either a crucial stage of research or the final year of writing. The applicant must be a CCWH member; must be a graduate student in any department of a U.S. institution; must have passed to A.B.D. status by the time of application; may hold this award and others simultaneously; and need not attend the award ceremony to receive the award. The deadline for the award is 15 September 2014. Please go to for membership and online application details.

Catherine Prelinger Memorial Award 2014

The CCWH will award $20,000 to a scholar, with a Ph.D. or A.B.D., who has not followed a traditional academic path of uninterrupted and completed secondary, undergraduate, and graduate degrees leading to a tenure-track faculty position. Although the recipient’s degrees do not have to be in history, the recipient’s work should clearly be historical in nature. In accordance with the general goals of CCWH, the award is intended to recognize or to enhance the ability of the recipient to contribute significantly to women in history, whether in the profession in the present or in the study of women in the past. It is not intended that there be any significant restrictions placed on how a given recipient shall spend the award as long as it advances the recipient’s scholarship goals and purposes. All recipients will be required to submit a final paper to CCWH on how the award was expended and summarizing the scholarly work completed. The deadline for the award is 15 September 2014. Please go to for membership and online application details.

Call For Papers: Rural Women’s Studies Association Triennial Conference

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2015 Rural Women’s Studies
Association Triennial Conference in San Marcos, Texas, is May 15, 2014.

Call for Presentations and Papers
“The Local is Global”: Gender and Rural Connections across Time and Place

Rural Women’s Studies Association Triennial Conference
Hosted by Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
February 12-14, 2015

The theme of the 2015 conference “The Local is Global”: Gender and Rural
Connections across Time and Place emphasizes the importance of rural
women’s local activities and experiences – both historical and
contemporary – to global affairs. At the same time, it highlights the
gendered impacts of and reactions to global processes – including
globalization, international and transnational trends, policies and
programs, and climate change -at the local level. It especially aspires to
explore how these different scales are connected across time and space.

RWSA is an international association for the advancement and promotion of
research on rural women and gender in a historical perspective. Worldwide,
the Association aims to encourage research, to promote existing and
forthcoming scholarship, and to establish and maintain links with
contemporary organizations around the interests of rural women, rural
communities and the rural environment, including farming and the
agricultural sector, from a gender perspective. RWSA welcomes academic
scholars, public historians and archivists, graduate students, and
representatives of rural organizations and communities to be association
members and conference participants.

Along with paper presentations and panels, proposals for workshops,
interactive sessions, posters, open discussions, performances, readings,
audiovisual presentations are very much encouraged. Especially welcome are
those with inter-, trans- or multi-disciplinary approaches, and/or that
connect rural women’s / gender history and present-day political,
ecological or social and economic concerns, worldwide. We are also looking
for submissions that integrate creative work with the conference themes.
We plan to have at least one evening dedicated to creative work, but are
interested in integrating artists from visual, film, performative and
literary genres into the fabric of the conference as well.

RWSA aims to discuss and further develop the thematic areas relevant to
rural contexts, such as gender and labor, food, health, education, the
professions, cultural heritage, leadership, migration, technology,
communication, iconography and creative expression in rural contexts.
Proposals for this conference are especially encouraged to also include:

* Rural women’s voices as forms of power and arbiters of change;

* Differences and changes in rural femininities and masculinities;

* The intersection of rural women and/or gender with other
socio-cultural dimensions such as wealth / class, ethnicity / race, age /
generation, religion, sexuality, health status;

* Gender and/or women in social and other reform movements, social
and welfare policy initiatives, rural grassroots organizations, especially
with respect to rural communities, agriculture, the rural environment and
natural resource management;

* International, transnational, governmental and/or non-governmental
organizations and their gendered rural policies or gender-specific
policies on rural women and men;

* Gender and/ or women in intersections between non-indigenous rural
populations and indigenous peoples – commonalities in struggles,
collaborative experiences, similarities, differences, breakthroughs, etc;

* Knowledge and scholarship in rural gender/women’s history and
women’s integration in rural history.

Please submit the following information by 15 May 2014.

1. Title of paper/session/workshop/performance (working title is acceptable).

2. 400 word description/abstract of paper or proposed session/workshop, etc.

3. Brief vita/bio of presenter or session participants and complete contact

Please indicate if your proposal does not fit in the regular session time
of 1.5 hour with three presentations and discussion. We will get in touch
if the proposal has been accepted.

Submissions should be sent electronically to:

If it is not possible to send your proposal electronically, please send by
regular mail to the following address if you are submitting from the
Cynthia Prescott
History Department, University of North Dakota
221 Centennial Dr., Stop 8096
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8096

Submissions by post from elsewhere in the world should be sent to:
Margreet van der Burg
Rural History, Social Sciences, Wageningen University
Hollandseweg 1, NL-6706 KN Wageningen
The Netherlands

For information on travel grants and letters of invitation, contact Rebecca
Montgomery,<>. For additional
information on the RWSA, please go to the organization website,

Call for Papers: Consuming/Culture: Women and Girls in Print and Pixels

This conference follows on from those held at Kingston (2012) and Cornell
(2013), themed around women and magazines, and will be held at Oxford
Brookes University on 5 and 6 June 2015.  We have selected a theme that
will allow for a wide range of papers and we encourage submissions
from scholars at all stages of their careers. We especially welcome
proposals that incorporate the following themes: food, advertising, digital
platforms/presentations, celebrities, sport, marketing, memoirs, fashion,
internationalisation, and all forms of identity/representational politics.

The organisers encourage collaborative efforts, in both individual paper
and panel submissions.

Submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to by 1 October 2014

This conference will also incorporate a poster session that will allow
participants to feature visual aspects of magazines.  Queries about this
mode of presentation and abstract of 150-250 words can be directed to by 1 October 2014.

The conference is jointly sponsored by Oxford Brookes University (UK),
Arcadia University (US), and the University of East Anglia (UK).  For
additional information and updates, please go to

Call For Papers: Women, Gender and Government Outsourcing in Comparative Perspectives

WAGADU: Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies

Special Issue: Women, Gender and Government Outsourcing in Comparative Perspectives

Guest editors:

S.N. Nyeck, PhD., Clarkson University, New York
Orly Benjamin, PhD., Bar IIan University, Israel


Since 1980s, consensus on the prominent role of the state and its bureaucracy in the production and delivery of public services has been shifting. Searches for alternatives to organizing and managing the public sector have fundamentally redefined the role of government in economic wellness and development. Today, the New Public Management (NPM) approach that seeks cost reduction in the public sector through de-unionization has become dominant around the world. NPM emphasizes market-based solutions to public and social services delivery. The theoretical and pragmatic rationales for complete outsourcing, privatization, or a combination of both have implications for women in the supply chain for public services. For instance, a shift in the role of the state as an employer of women in the service and caring occupations around the world deserves attention.

The role and impact of new public-private partnerships –compared to other forms of privatization- for the delivery of public services for women and by women, however, remain under researched. This special issue seeks to bring together work that specifically addresses the intersection of gender or women and government outsourcing. We encourage work that engages with gender or women within the whole spectrum of government outsourcing: women or gender in the private and public sectors as employees, regulators, producers, and consumers of public services. We’re also interested in understanding how government outsourcing re-shapes gendered ethno-national-racial-class divides. Work that addresses alternative and/or comparable models to outsourcing is solicited.

Government outsourcing affects and empowers women in various ways. We welcome theoretical and empirical submissions from all disciplines, ideologies, and regions of the world. Below is a non-exhaustive list of potential areas of interest that could be explored through women’s or gender lenses.

Topics under consideration:

– Women or gender preferential public procurement (policy, regulation, implementation)
– Labor laws / rights / policy / labor procurement contracts – are employment conditions stipulated in the contract? Are labor contracts violated? Are contracts controled / monitored by a service purchasing body?
– Development aid / tied aid / the role of international financial institutions and agreements (World Bank, WTO, UNCITRAL, EU-EPA, ACP countries, AGOA…etc.,).
– Contract negotiation (national versus international standard…)
– Feminist theory and government outsourcing
– Women or gender in the supply chain (small business, global corporatism)
– Health and medicine procurement (HIV medicine, malaria…)
– Women or gender and the profession (public procurement analyst and practitioner)
– Women or gender and outsourcing the war on drugs/ terror
– Women/gender and prison outsourcing/immigration
– Women or gender and outsourcing social welfare
– Is there a history of women/ gender in government outsourcing?
– Outsourcing or reverse outsourcing? What works best for women?
– Gendered discourse of market-competition and efficiency in the public sector
-The economics of gender/women in government outsourcing
– Women’s employment, de-unionization, and new unionism
– Women’s employment, procurement contracts, and inequalities

Potential contributors should email an abstract (300 words) or a proposed paper to the guest editors S.N. Nyeck, PhD., and Orly Benjamin, PhD., by June 1, 2014 with the title “Wagadu_abstract” in the subject line of the email.  Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to submit a full paper by November 1, 2014. This special issue is scheduled for publication in 2015.

Second Call For Papers: The Tenth Southern Conference on Women’s History

The Tenth Southern Conference on Women’s History

Re-membering/Gendering: Women, Historical Tourism, and Public History

June 11-14, 2015

College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina

Call for Papers

The Southern Association for Women Historians (SAWH) invites proposals for its tenth triennial conference, to be held June 11-14, 2015 at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.  Co-sponsored by the College of Charleston, The Citadel, and Clemson University, the conference provides a stimulating and congenial forum for discussing all aspects of women’s history.  Its program seeks to reflect the best in recent scholarship and the diversity of our profession, including university professors, graduate students, museum curators, public historians, and independent scholars.

We invite sessions on any dimension of women’s and gender history and particularly welcome presentations that explore the conference themes: public history, tourism, memory, historic commemoration, and marketing history.

The program committee seeks proposals for the following:

1) Panels (We prefer to receive proposals for complete, 3-paper sessions but will consider individual papers as well).
2) Roundtables (Informal discussions of a historical or professional issue)
3) Working Group Discussions (Informal discussions of pre-circulated papers)
4) Scholarly Shorts (Five-minute presentations of a research project)

Scholars interested in chairing or commenting on a session are invited to submit a 500-word vita.

For more information on these presentation formats, submission guidelines, and the submission email address, please visit

The submissions deadline is August 1, 2014.  Inquiries (but not submissions) may be directed to Blain Roberts, program committee chair, at

Women in Technological History: A Society for the History of Technology

book-and-mouseWomen in Technological History: A Society for the History of Technology
(SHOT) Special Interest Group (SIG)

WITH TRAVEL AWARD – A Call for “New Voices” in Technological History

The SHOT Special Interest Group Women in Technological History [WITH]
announces its travel award for 2014. The purpose of the award is to
encourage participation of “new voices” at the annual meeting of the
Society for the History of Technology [SHOT]. WITH invites applications
from scholars presenting topics or perspectives underrepresented in SHOT
as well as from individuals who can contribute to the annual meeting’s
geographic and cultural diversity.

The SHOT 2014 meeting will be held in Dearborn, Michigan, from November
6th to 9th. For meeting details, see:

Eligibility for the WITH Travel Award is open to individuals who are
giving a paper at the SHOT annual meeting. Priorities for the WITH award
include supporting scholars or graduate students who are non-US,
non-Western or who are new to SHOT, belong to a group underrepresented in
SHOT, and or whose paper addresses issues of gender, race, ethnicity,
and/or difference in the history of technology.

The Travel Award is designed to help defray some of the costs associated
with attending the SHOT annual meeting.  Up to three awards may be
offered.  Awardees will receive a check for $250, with the possibility of
additional funds depending on stated need and WITH’s resources.  The
winner(s) will also be honoured as our guest(s) at the annual WITH
breakfast or lunch.

To apply, please send a cover letter and brief budget outlining
anticipated expenses associated with your trip to Dearborn (including any
grants or funding you have already received), an abstract of your proposed
paper with evidence that it has been accepted by the SHOT program
committee, and a one page curriculum vitae.  All application materials
should be forwarded to the chair of the award committee at  The application deadline for the WITH Travel Award
is July 5, 2014.

Pamela C. Edwards, PhD
History Department
Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV

Call for Chapters – Women and Genocide: An Anthology

library imageThe 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 or Donna Gosbee at  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.