Online book presentation ‘Living Concepts’ JVG #40


Living concepts. Forty Years of Engaging Gender and History Yearbook of Women’s History / Jaarboek voor Vrouwengeschiedenis 40

21 January 2022, 15.30-17h

Please register at:

Bilingual programme

  1. Introduction of the new Yearbook, by Larissa Schulte Nordholt

  2. Intergenerational Roundtable Conversation: Living Concepts
    Participants: Alice Ackermann, Saskia Bonjour, Elsbeth Locher-Scholten, Divya Nadkarni

  3. Intermezzo, by Anna Tijsseling
    Please keep pen and paper ready!

  4. Afsluiting: gesprek met voormalige en huidige redacteuren
    Thema: De toekomst van het Jaarboek voor Vrouwengeschiedenis
    Presentatie: Mineke Bosch
    Deelnemers: Kirsten Kamphuis, Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, Marlou Schrover

    Virtuele aanbieding van het eerste exemplaar aan Corrie van Eijl

    Finally, let’s all toast to the new Yearbook from our homes!

CFP – Gender and the Sea: Women and Men in Maritime History


Guest editor: dr. Djoeke van Netten

For centuries sailors thought that the presence of women on board would mean bad luck: rough weather,
big waves, and other disasters were sure to follow. Through notions like these, women were supposedly
excluded from the maritime domain. Therefore, the ship and the sea have predominantly been perceived as a space for men. Yet, the presence of women at sea has increased in the last century. This volume of the Yearbook for Women’s History therefore asks: to what extent was the sea ever a masculine space? This
volume examines if and how women were part of seafaring communities, maritime undertakings, and maritime culture.

In the field of maritime history, the role of women and gender have long been understudied. To enlighten
our understanding of the influence and presence of women in the maritime past, this volume of the
Yearbook for Women’s History will bring together recent research to provide more insight into the
contribution of women to the maritime world, including (but not limited to) maritime industries, seafaring
communities, naval warfare, (cruise) tourism, art and literature, and imaginary worlds concerning the sea
from antiquity to the twenty-first century.

Besides the role of women, this volume also wants to focus on the broader workings of gender and the role of femininity and masculinity in the maritime world. By doing so, this volume touches on different
intersections of gender with other political, socio-economic and cultural phenomena in relation to people’s use, fear, and admiration of the sea.

We welcome contributions that employ different scales of analysis from all over the world. We are looking
for articles that vary in length (3000-6000 words) and are written in Dutch or English.

Possible topics include:

  • Masculinity and femininity at sea and/or in the maritime world
  • The sea as a territory for men and/or women
  • Gender and maritime metaphors and myths
  • The sea, gender religion and/or superstition
  • Women and/or men in flags and ship decoration, e.g. figureheads
  • Paintings and portraits
  • Women (and children) who travelled by ships, e.g. in a colonial context
  • Women who worked in maritime industries (ashore)
  • Sailor’s wives
  • Female authors and publishers of poems and books regarding the sea
  • Women who worked on board in a broad range of professions
  • Women in the navy
  • Female pirates
  • Women on board dressed or disguised as men
  • Sea monsters, mermaids and mermen
  • Sex and sexuality on board
  • Forced migration of women and men, e.g. slave trade

    We invite authors from academia, museums and cultural and heritage institutions to submit an abstract.

    Abstracts (200-300 words) written in English or Dutch are to be submitted by 25 November 2021 to

    Important dates
    25 November 2021 Deadline for abstracts
    Early December 2021 Information concerning acceptance sent to the writers
    1 April 2022 Submission deadline for articles to be submitted to editorial and peer review
    End of August Submission deadline for final versions

Call for two new editors Yearbook for Women’s History / Jaarboek voor vrouwengeschiedenis zoekt twee nieuwe redacteuren


Call for two new editors Yearbook for Women’s History / Jaarboek voor vrouwengeschiedenis zoekt twee nieuwe redacteuren

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, reporting on issues concerning women and gender for 40 years. The Yearbook has addressed topics such as: women and crime; women and war; gender; ethnicity; colonial history; and postcolonialism. Over time the Yearbook has shifted its focus from a purely historical approach to a broader gender and historical analysis, focused on women’s and men’s roles in society. By focusing on specific themes, the Yearbook aspires that each issue crosses cultures and historical time periods while offering readers the opportunity to compare perspectives within each volume.

We are looking for two new members for our editorial board.

-Editing and proofing contributions
-Communicating with authors
-Proposing possible authors for contributions 
-Proposing possible peer reviewers for new journal articles
-Attending editorial board meetings
-Co-shaping the direction of the journal and co-deciding on a theme for each new issue in close cooperation with an annual guest editor.
-Organisational tasks

What we are looking for
-(some) experience with publishing and editing
-A PhD (in progress) in the humanities or a strong affinity with scholarship in the humanities
-A strong interest in gender studies and gender issues beyond academia
-Ability to commit to the yearbook for at least two issues (two years) 
-Willingness to (eventually) take on a lead role within the editorial board

What we offer

The Yearbook is a non-profit foundation that relies on grants and subsidies for its annual publication. The members of the editing board are not paid. We offer a convivial and non-hierarchical working environment in which every editorial board member’s opinion is given the same weight and the opportunity to occasionally (co-)write articles for the yearbook. On average the work takes about two to three hours per week with peaks right before deadlines. 

Please apply before June 1st by sending an email to explaining why you want to join the editoral board along with a CV.

Current editors:
Eveline Buchheim
Ernestine Hoegen
Marleen Reichgelt
Larissa Schulte Nordholt
Nena Vandeweerdt
Evelien Walhout
Heleen Wyffels
Sidra Shahid

Boekpresentatie Gendered Empire (YWH39) – 11 december (online)


Invitation online book launch

The Yearbook of Women’s History kindly invites you to the book launch of:  

Gendered empire. Intersectional perspectives on Dutch post/colonial narratives

Zoom online – December 11, 2020 from 15:00 until 16:45

What do we see when we look at our collective Dutch colonial legacies from a gender perspective? How are these colonial legacies reflected in our museum collections and archives? Do herstories remain hidden and are there unknown biographies to unravel? Or do we reinterpret existing master narratives? Using an intersectional perspective, the volume Gendered empire. Intersectional perspectives on Dutch post/colonial narratives (Hilversum: Verloren Publishers, 2020) looks at the current growing Dutch interest in its own colonial legacy from a more critical and self-reflexive stance. The authors bring historical and current examples in the Dutch metropole and colonies together. Collectively they share archival silences, biographical counternarratives and a museum world grappling with its own colonial legacy, all the while wondering: what has gender got to do with it.


  • Welcome by Larissa Schulte Northolt
  • Introduction by Nancy Jouwe, Guest editor and Host
  • Interview with Nancy Jouwe by Sidra Shahid
  • Presenting the first copy of the Yearbook to Valika Smeulders, Head of History at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
  • Panel sessions on the Archive, Biographies and the Museum (with Q&A)
  • Closing

If you’d like to attend this book launch, please send an email to:

Contact: Evelien Walhout –

You can order a copy at Verloren Publishers by clicking here

In Memoriam – Marjan Groot


Deze week werden we opgeschrikt door het verschrikkelijke bericht dat op 3 juni 2019 onze geliefde collega Marjan Groot onverwacht is overleden.

Sinds Marjan in 2011 gastredacteur was voor het Jaarboek voor Vrouwengeschiedenis over het thema ‘Design & Gender kwam ze onze redactie versterken. We hebben haar leren kennen als een van de meest creatieve en productieve redacteuren, altijd vol ideeën, altijd een ander perspectief, steeds begaan met vorm en inhoud. Al gauw werd Marjan het gezicht van het Jaarboek. In bijna elk nummer staat minstens één bijdrage van haar, meestal gericht op haar expertise: visuele analyse. Ze behandelde in haar artikelen uiteenlopende onderwerpen zoals de visualisaties van genen, beeldmateriaal van vrouwen in oorlogstijd en campagneposters. Marjan vond altijd wel weer een onverwachte bron of invalshoek om het thema van het lopende nummer ook visueel te bevragen. Marjan was een opvallende verschijning, een harde werker die haar mening niet onder stoelen of banken stak. Recht door zee en tegelijkertijd een kritische en creatieve geest met gevoel voor humor. Volgend jaar bestaat het Jaarboek 40 jaar, en voor dat speciale nummer bedacht Marjan het thema Gender & Feesten., Ze bruiste van de ideeën over hoe dat nummer eruit zou moeten zien, maar de oproep aan auteurs is helaas het laatste wat ze voor het Jaarboek heeft kunnen doen.

We kunnen dit grote verlies nauwelijks bevatten en onze gedachtes gaan vanzelfsprekend uit naar haar partner, vrienden, familie, studenten en (oud-)collega’s, voor wie het verlies enorm zal zijn. Vaarwel Marjan, dank voor de geweldige en gewaardeerde samenwerking en voor de unieke wijze waarop je ons Jaarboek hebt verrijkt.

Boekpresentatie YWH 38


In verband met het onverwachte overlijden van onze gewaardeerde collega Marjan Groot zal de boekpresentatie op vrijdag 21 juni niet doorgaan.

Het Yearbook of Women’s History (Jaarboek voor Vrouwengeschiedenis) presenteert nummer 38, Building Bodies: Transnational Historical Approaches to Sport, Gender and Ethnicities.

Gastredacteur: Prof. dr. Marjet Derks


Publicatie JVG-Xtra 1 – Sekse: Een Begripsgeschiedenis


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Woensdag 14 november vond de boekpresentatie plaats van Sekse: Een begripsgeschiedenis, onder redactie van Myriam Everard en Ulla Jansz, als deel 1 van de nieuwe serie van het Jaarboek voor Vrouwengeschiedenis: JVG Xtra. In Sekse, resultaat van een multidisciplinaire samenwerking van 16 onderzoekers, wordt de geschiedenis verkend van wat in het Nederlands traditioneel is aangeduid als sekse, kunne, geslacht, en tegenwoordig vooral gender heet. Deze begripsgeschiedenis, die de periode bestrijkt vanaf de Gouden Eeuw tot heden, laat zien dat een op het oog zo natuurlijke categorie als sekse niet door de eeuwen heen zichzelf gelijk is gebleven en tot op de dag van vandaag van inhoud en belang verandert. In een tijd waarin het begrip gender zo’n grote verandering in het denken, ervaren en doen van sekse heeft ingeluid, biedt Sekse stof tot de broodnodige historische reflectie.

Overlijden voorzitter en oud-redactielid Ellis Jonker


Het valt ons zwaar te moeten melden dat op 28 maart jl. geheel onverwacht Ellis Jonker op slechts 51-jarige leeftijd overleed. Ellis was oud-redactielid van het Jaarboek voor Vrouwengeschiedenis en zij was nog steeds actief als voorzitter van onze Stichting. We hebben Ellis leren kennen als een consciëntieuze en creatieve, maar bovenal immer kritische redacteur. Taal was voor haar een belangrijk medium en daar moest zorgvuldig mee omgesprongen worden. Zij was voor ons een inspirerende supporter die op de achtergrond met ons mee bleef denken en met wie we in de loop der tijd vooral vrienden werden. In Ellis verliezen we opnieuw een dierbaar redactielid, een vriendin en bovenal een bijzonder mens. Onze gedachten zijn nu vooral bij haar kinderen die zo snel na hun vader nu ook hun moeder moeten missen. Ellis is op 6 april jl. naar haar laatste rustplaats gebracht.

Presentation Yearbook of Women’s History 37: Gender and Archiving


Presentation of the peer reviewed academic journal Yearbook of Women’s History: Gender and Archiving on the meaning of archiving for the women’s movement then, now and in the future. Atria is guest editor of this 37th volume on ‘Gender and Archiving’.


Gender and Archiving

The women’s movement is one of the most succesful social movements in the western world of the 20th century. Worldwide collections and archives of women and women’s movements offer a unique source for studying women’s history and inspiration for many.

In december 2015 Atria celebrated the 80-year existence of the Collection-IAV, the International Archive for the Women’s movement (founded in 1935), with an international conference on archiving in the 21st century. A selection of the conference papers are included in the 37th volume of theYearbook of Women’s History.

Presentation Yearbook of Women’s History

After the welcome by prof. dr.  Renée Römkens, director of Atria, dr. Eveline Buchheim (researcher at NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and editor of the Yearbook) will give a short introduction on behalf of the editors of the Yearbook of Women’s History. Tashina Blom (initiator of the Maagdenhuis archives 2015) will give a presentation on gendered exclusionary practices during the Maagdenhuis protests in 2015. The first copy of the book will be presented to prof. dr. Geertje Mak.

Speakers Gender and Archiving

Geertje Mak
Prof. dr. Geertje Mak is professor of the Political History of Gender in the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam. She specialises in historical research into the changing meanings of gender, both male and female.

Tashina Blom
Tashina Blom is doing the research master Cultural Analysis at the UvA and was active during the Maagdenhuis Occupation in 2015. She is currently working on an archive about the Maagdenhuis occupation in cooperation with the City Archives of Amsterdam. Together with Molly Bower she wrote an article for the Yearbook.

Eveline Buchheim
Dr Eveline Buchheim is researcher at the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD) and editor of the Yearbook of Women’s History.

Time and location

The presentation will take place in Atria’s Library, Vijzelstraat 20.
Monday, February 26, 2018
Doors are open at 15.30
Program starts at 16.00

The presentation will be concluded with drinks.

Call for papers Yearbook of Women’s History 2018


Building bodies: Gendered Sport and Transnational Movements

Guest editor: Marjet Derks

The thrilling European title for the Dutch women’s football team, a pregnant Serena Williams winning the Australian Open tennis tournament, Kenyan-born Rose Chelimo of Bahrain becoming World Champion of the women’s marathon, and 66-year-old Pat Gallant-Charette being the oldest woman to swim across the English Channel – these are only recent highlights of female achievements in sport. In all respects, women’s sport participation and success is booming. In addition, ‘fitgirls’ have become part of popular culture. The 2018 volume of the Yearbook of Women’s History will focus on the making of ‘the sporting body’ as a concept full of ambiguous cultural meanings and impact. Marjet Derks, Professor of Sports History at Radboud University Nijmegen, will serve as guest editor for this volume, which will appear in the year of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Traditionally, sport has been a masculine domain dominated by men and capacities that have culturally been ascribed to them. ‘The athlete’ was a competitive and if necessary an aggressive achiever and had outstanding physical prowess. Sport participation by women was never perceived as natural, but rather as an act of border crossing or even space invading that transgressed gender and sexual naturalness. For that reason, it was met with prejudice and oppression.

For a long time, sports history reflected this male dominance. Even though magazines gradually began to address sport as a pastime from the late nineteenth century, academic interest only became more prominent in the late twentieth century, when historical analysis began to address sport as a thoroughly gendered field (Bourdieu). Starting with the role of female pioneers and their self-empowering experiences through sport, research has expanded towards analysis of sport as a basically gendered performative culture, in which gender (femininity, masculinity and transgenderism) is done, affirmed and challenged. Moreover, questions have arisen as to how issues of gender have changed sport. More recently, the intersectional dynamics of sports have come to the fore, together with a focus on transnational discourses, representations and practices.

The 2018 Yearbook of Women’s History invites papers which discuss the historical formation, transformation and impact of gendered discourses, representations and practices within sport and physical culture. The focus will be international and comparative. We welcome contributions that consider the Netherlands (or former Dutch colonies), as well as other parts of the world, in a transnational analysis.

Possible topics include:

·         Sport, physical culture and (inter)national icons

·         Sport, gender and colonialism

·         Sport, gender and migration / migration culture

·         Sport, gender and religion

·         Sport, physical education and women’s labour

·         Athletes, gender and lifestyle

·         Gender verification within sport

·         Sport, gender and citizenship

·         Sport and sexuality

·         Football: the last male stronghold?

·         Challenging boundaries: female boxing, male figure skating, body building

·         Battles of the sexes

·         Sports journalism and gender representation

We invite authors from all locations to submit an abstract. Abstracts (max. 300 words) are to be submitted by 2 October, 2017 to Saskia Bultman (editorial secretary):