CALL FOR PAPERS YEARBOOK OF WOMEN’S HISTORY #40, 2020

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In all cultures, people mark special occasions in their lives with celebrations and parties. We, the editorial board of the Yearbook of Women’s History, are no exception. In 2020, the Yearbook will celebrate its 40th anniversary! It will celebrate that dedicated editors and writers contributed to the continuity in addressing women’s history, inequality and gender relations as expressed in cultural institutions and customs since the first Yearbook appeared in 1980. We want to celebrate this milestone with an issue on the theme Gender and Partying, and are looking for original contributions, historical and contemporary, addressing the gendered nature of parties, festivals, commemorations and celebrations of any type. The Yearbook invites submissions on any aspect of ‘celebration’ across history and cultures including, but not limited to, the following themes:

Celebrations and parties can be private or public occasions. In both spheres they are considered exceptional, something out of the ordinary. At the same time celebrations often confirm existing rules, habits, and alliances. How and what we celebrate is tightly connected to how communities and societies are organized in secular, political, and religious ways, and to what is seen as accepted behaviour and to who belongs where. Which events and celebrations are deemed worthy to be public holidays? Who is celebrating and who is celebrated in national days, commemorative days, or election parties? Who are in- and excluded in the celebrations, in terms of gender, race, class, sexualities, economic disparities, and bodily vulnerability? What is celebrated in the personal sphere and how, and what do baby showers, coming out parties, and bachelors’ parties say about gender in terms of family life, sexuality, kinship or romantic relationships?

At the same time, celebrations often leave space to transgress established roles or are even centred on the reversal of these roles (the ancient Roman festival Saturnalia, carnival, Onnozele Kinderen). Rites of passage marking a new role in a group or society are also celebrated (bar or bat mitzvah, graduation, hazing). How is masculinity or femininity celebrated in initiation parties, and how has this changed over time? How gendered are rites of initiation for girls or boys? In what ways are rituals and festivities connected to ‘traditional’ gender roles (e.g. Diwali light festival, Islamic Eid alFitr festival or carnival after fasting, marriage, the Eurovision Song Festival, children’s birthday parties)? Have changing notions of gender affected the way we celebrate, now or in the past?

Visual and material culture is essential to researching celebration. Which extravagant dress forms and costumes were designed for fêtes and festivities? How do certain objects mediate celebration, LET’S CELEBRATE! GENDER AND PARTYING like a housewarming party, book release, or a ceremonial ship launching? How do parties celebrate real buildings and the environment, for example when historical re-enactment marks the birthday of an important public building; how is this envisioned, and is there a role for women? Political parties engage the public with election parties but also with historical celebrations. How do women participate? What about gendering related to food and drinks, for example at a barbeque or cocktail party? How do music and dance – rock-and roll parties, debutante balls, disco – reflect gender constructions? How are parties commercialized for exclusive product sales, as at the Tupperware party? How are gender relations portrayed in literature or film about parties and celebrations (Jour de fête, 1949; The Party, 1968; The Party, 2017; Babettes gæstebud, 1987)? And how are sports victories celebrated?

We invite authors to submit their abstracts before 1 September 2019. The timetable below sets out key dates for your attention.

Abstracts (300 words, 100 words bio) can be sent to Evelien Walhout: evelienwalhout@gmail.com. Contributions can be regular papers between 4000 and 7000 words, interviews, discussion items of circa 3000 words max, and picture essays.

Deadline for abstracts: 1 September 2019.

Deadline for the full papers: 15 December 2019.

Language of publication: English

Publication date aimed for December 2020.

All articles will be peer reviewed.

In Memoriam – Marjan Groot

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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

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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

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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

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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’.

Register

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

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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): s.bultman@let.ru.nl