CfP: Gender, the Body, and Sexuality (Publication: Aspasia 4), Deadline: 15.10.08

Aspasia – International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women’s and Gender History

Over the last few decades, the body has become the focus of much critical scholarly attention. We are interested in innovative, interdisciplinary work about the histories of gender, the body and sexuality/ies in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe.

  • How were bodies constructed and gendered there from antiquity onwards through the twentieth century?
  • How was sexuality socially and politically normalised?
  • How did individuals negotiate the sexual/bodily selves in their societies, in daily life and in specific contexts — from religion and work to healthcare and sports?
  • What did it mean to be a mainstream versus a sexually deviant person, and what consequences did such categories have for individuals and them communities they lived in?
  • What role did the body play in constructing the ideal communist subject?
  • How did bodies in the various contexts of home, school, sports, the military, medical discourse, the arts, fashion, popular culture, and so on, intersect with other relevant categories such as age, ethnicity, class, or geographic location?

The deadline for articles focusing on the theme of “Gender, the Body, and Sexuality” is October 15, 2008.

Beginning with Aspasia 3, the yearbook will have both thematic foci, as well as open, non-thematic sections, for which we are glad to consider submissions at any time.
Articles, whether thematic or not, should be 6,000-8,000 words and formatted stylistically according to the Aspasia guidelines for authors. These guidelines and more information about Aspasia can be found at

Please send submissions and inquiries to Maria Bucur at


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