CfP: Gender and Archiving. Past, Present and Future (Publication: Yearbook of Women’s History); DL: 16.09.2016

ExhibitionHandlewithCareYearbook of Women’s History 2017 (Web)
Proposals by: September 16, 2016
The 2017 volume of the Yearbook of Women’s History will focus on the meaning and potential of archiving for enhancing gender equality and the position of women worldwide. The volume is a follow-up of the international conference celebrating the 80th anniversary of the IAV-collection (International Archive of the Women’s Movement) that was hosted by Atria, Institute on Gender Equality and Women’s History, in December 2015. Paulien Schuurmans and Noortje Willems of Atria will serve as guest editors.
There is an increasing interest in the significance of women’s archives. Contemporary theory on gender and women’s archives and women’s libraries emphasizes that libraries and archives are more than storehouses of knowledge (De Jong en Koevoets 2013). Eichhorn, writing on feminist archiving, states that: „A turn toward the archive is not a turn toward the past but rather an essential way of understanding and imagining other ways to live in the present“ (Eichhorn 2014). What is the meaning of archiving for the women’s movement then, now and in the future? What is the impact of practices of libraries and archives as they are undergoing profound transformations under the influence of new (technological) developments? What concepts, categories, discoveries and theories can help expand our understanding of the meaning and potential of women’s archives and other institutions in the domain of history and gender research for enhancing gender equality and the position of women worldwide? This issue will discuss these questions, taking into account historical, contemporary and future perspectives. The focus will be international and comparative, looking at women’s archives from various parts of the globe and in different geopolitical settings.
We would particularly welcome contributions from outside Europe, notably on the role of women’s organizations in evolving democracies. Abstracts (maximum 300 words) are to be submitted before 16 September to Saskia Bultman (editorial secretary):

  • Deadline abstracts: September 16
  • Deadline first version papers: December 2
  • Peer review: January 31
  • Deadline second version: March 1
  • Final editing: April 15
  • Publication: May 2017

About the Yearbook
The Yearbook of Women’s History is a peer-reviewed academic annual covering all aspects of gender connected with historical research throughout the world. It has a respectable history in itself, having reported on issues concerning women and gender for 35 years. The Yearbook has addressed topics such as women and crime, women and war, and gender, ethnicity and (post)colonialism. Over time the Yearbook has shifted focus from purely historical analysis to a broader historical and gender analysis, focused on women’s and men’s roles in society. By focusing on specific themes, the Yearbook aspires to have each issue cross cultures and historical time periods, while offering readers the opportunity to compare perspectives within each volume.
About Atria
Atria, institute on gender equality and women’s history, is committed to equal treatment and equal opportunities for girls and women in all their social and cultural diversity. As a knowledge institute, we collect, manage and share the heritage of women’s movements, we research women’s position in current society and we advise on policy developments that affect women’s positions.
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