CfP: Women Resistance Leaders in a Pop Culture Collection (Publication); DL: 15.07.2011

Nancy Reagin, Pace University, New York and Janice Liedl, Laurentian University, Sudbury

The editors of a forthcoming collection, Star Wars and History, invite proposals for an essay to focus on parallels between characters and developments in Star Wars (e.g., the roles played by Princess Leia, Padmé Amidala, Mon Mothma and others) and historical examples of the roles played by women – both as leaders and as rank-and-file members – in modern resistance movements, and the ways in which these parallels provided historical models for the Star Wars universe.

This essay can focus on one or two historical examples such as the roles played by women in the French Resistance during World War II; Italian anti-Fascist fighters; members of the Dutch resistance; women among WWII Jewish partisans; women in the Palestinian resistance movements; women in the occupied portions of the Soviet Union during WWII; or women who helped lead anti-colonial movements elsewhere. We would expect authors to contextualize their discussion with reference to other female resistance leaders and activism, which can further illuminate the Star Wars movies and universe.

This anthology is aimed at a broader audience than is the case with most scholarly anthologies, and we seek contributors who can create essays that are engaging and accessible for undergraduate as well as older readers. Essays should run between 5,000-7,000 words, and complete drafts would be due no later than Oct. 1st. Contributors would be paid honoraria of $400, and could use almost any photos, stills., etc. From the Star Wars corpus to illustrate their chapters that they chose.

Please submit a short c.v. and one-page proposal by July 15th to both volume editors; email submissions are preferred.


Dr. Nancy Reagin
Professor of History
Pace University, New York

Dr. Janice Liedl
Assoc. Professor of History
Laurentian University, Sudbury

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