Women, Gender & Sexuality Network of the Social Science History Association

The Women, Gender and Sexuality Network of the Social Science History Association calls for panels and papers for this year’s annual meeting in Philadelphia PA and online.

47th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association
Philadelphia, PA, November 11-14, 2021 (we will also consider complete online panels)
Submission Deadline: March 16, 2021

Because of the SSHA 2020 conference cancellation, we are encouraging all colleagues to resubmit panels and papers to the online system. On the conference website you find last year’s submissions preloaded, so that you can edit as necessary and re-submit.

New submissions or adaptions of submitted papers are very welcome.

We encourage submissions inspired by the general conference theme “Crisis, Conjunctures, Turning Points: Theory and Method in Turbulent Times,” that engage research on women, gender, and sexuality.

Possible themes include, but are not limited to “Histories of Women, Gender and Sexuality as Forms of Critique,” “Perspectives on Crises and Turning Points,” Political Violence, Populisms, and The Media,” and “Health and Care Crises.”

Please visit our submission portal ssha2021.ssha.org to submit a paper or session proposal by March 16, 2021.

Contact information for the WGS network of the SSHA:
Martin Gössl martin.goessl@fh-joanneum.at
Dominique Grisard dominique.grisard@unibas.ch
Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney jadwiga@email.arizona.edu
Benita Roth broth@binghamton.edu

We are happy to answer all questions you may have and look forward to seeing you online (perhaps in person) at the conference this November!


Martin Gössl martin.goessl@fh-joanneum.at
Dominique Grisard dominique.grisard@unibas.ch
Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney jadwiga@email.arizona.edu
Benita Roth broth@binghamton.edu


Edited Volume on Female Fighters in Diverse World Regions and Organizations

Although the sheer number of women participating in combat units and armed battle all over the world has been steadily increasing since World War II, academic research has been hesitant to investigate the manifold aspects of this phenomenon until recently. But a development of this dimension needs much more thorough research by cultural and area studies than has been carried out to date.
Our aim is to come up with an innovative and interdisciplinary volume on women in combat units, or otherwise actively engaged in armed battle, in several world regions, organizations, and time periods. The perspective of the women themselves is of particular importance to us.
While the historic perspective informs the work of the editors, a variety of disciplinary perspectives such as anthropology and feminist studies will be included in this publication. We are seeking further authors working on any world regions and historical periods or specific organizations. We are specifically interested in papers on (East-)Africa or Algeria, on specific organizations and activities, e.g. anti-nazi, (pro-communist) revolutionary, women in the IRA or RAF (Red Army Faction), and on women in combat units of legally recognized organizations such as NATO or national defense forces.

Due to the pandemic situation and our experience with the preparation of an edited volume, we have opted for a different path that goes beyond a basic call for papers. We are going to have a small number of online-meetings during the coming months, together with the editors, the authors, and some interested colleagues. Each meeting will focus on a particular question or theoretical approach relevant to our articles. By means of these meetings, we hope to create an inner cohesion of the volume, a connectedness of the articles without limiting the individual approach of each author.
That means also that we expect the authors to join our meetings (which will be neither too numerous nor too long and arranged in accordance with the calendars of the participants). This mutual exchange will allow all participants to introduce their own perspectives into the overall project and to become part of an extremely committed and supportive network.
Publication language is English.

Please send your clear and concise abstract, together with a short CV, no later than March 25, 2021.
We will ask for the first drafts at the end of July 2021. We want to publish a volume with fresh perspectives on a timely topic. However, we don’t want to lose an intriguing paper because of this ambitious workflow. So, the deadline for each paper is also a matter of mutual arrangement.

Béatrice Hendrich, Orientalisches Seminar, Universität zu Köln

Edited Volume on Female Fighters in diverse world regions and organizations.
In: H-Soz-Kult, 12.03.2021, <www.hsozkult.de/event/id/event-96397>.

Workshop: „Feminism, Gender, and (Historical) Science and Technology Studies“ at Wuppertal University March 17-19, 2021

Workshop March 17‐19 2021, Interdisciplinary Centre for Science and Technology
Studies (IZWT) University of Wuppertal, Germany
Organized by: Cécile Stephanie Stehrenberger, cecile.stehrenberger@gmail.com

In 1978 the women’s studies journal Signs published a special issue “women, science,
and society” – a milestones in the formation of a broad and heterogeneous body of work
dedicated to the role of gender in the production, dissemination, and application of
“scientific knowledge” and “technology”. This interdisciplinary workshop investigates
the history of feminist science and technology studies, situating its emergence and
development in the context of second wave feminism, Cold War social science, and
critical environmentalism. At the same time, its participants examine for a variety of
different fields and research objects, the impact of gendered distributions of labor, of
heteronormative images of “nature”, or of ideals of masculinity in the construction of
scientists’ bodies and “scientificity” itself. Moreover, they reflect how feminist
perspectives provide tools and spaces for thinking and doing science and technology
“otherwise”. Topics of the different panels also include food (science), ecology, and
disaster. A special focus will be on intersectional approaches that reflect how gender is
co-constructed and interacts with other categories and axis of difference and inequality,
such as race, age or able-bodiedness, and on queer, as well as post- and decolonial

Find the preliminary program here

3rd Conference of the Intercontinental Crosscurrents Network: Crosscurrents Conversation Series June/July 2021

CFP: Intercontinental Crosscurrents
“Transatlantic Women at Work: Service in the Long Nineteenth Century”
Virtual Conversations (June through July 2021)

The current dual crises of the global CV-19 pandemic and the (also global) renewed struggle for racial justice have turned our attention to women worldwide whose critically important service roles bring to mind and expand on their similar occupations in the long nineteenth century. Women comprise the majority of the workforce that has been deemed “essential” during the pandemic — from healthcare and social services to retail and other service sector jobs. Women have been disproportionately affected by the loss of employment, whether through involuntary lay-offs or voluntary resignation due to the need to provide “essential” care at home, most significantly as teachers of their now virtually-schooled children. Across various service horizons today, we also observe that women, especially those of color, continue as in the past to confront institutionalized discrimination, subordination, and marginalization.

Both this troubling contemporary reality and its historical precedents make clear the inherent ambiguity of women’s service. On the one hand, as Hannah Branch and Melissa Wooten have shown, service occupations may offer fields of action that enable new paths of social mobility for women; on the other, as with today’s virtual mother-teachers, such service often perpetuates domestic stereotypes, race conflicts, and class affiliationi, while also severely impacting career progression, lifetime earning potential, and ongoing emotional stress.

Studies on women and service largely focus on three main research areas: 1) women and domestic service, 2) women and service in an entrepreneurial context, and 3) women and military service. Kristina Booker, in particular, conceptualizes women in service as either engaging in such work from a humanitarian “spiritualized sense of ‘duty,’” or actually working for wages in a servant capacity.ii

Not as well examined, however, is the complexity of women’s service as an enabling or a disabling factor within a transatlantic context. Throughout the long nineteenth century, women in the transatlantic world were engaged in a range of service roles, including nursing, teaching, and reform causes. Many served in menial jobs with no glory or recognition, while some held leadership roles in various movements, such as antislavery, temperance, workers’ rights, woman’s rights, and community service. Several served openly with the respect of family and society, while other women were forced to disguise themselves in order to serve their chosen cause.

For a virtual workshop series, the Intercontinental Crosscurrents Network solicits considerations of the contributions of women in wide-ranging service roles in the transatlantic world during the long nineteenth century. We are interested in presentations that engage with the following broad topics:

Spheres of Service
● Women’s wartime service and aid to the resulting populations displaced by wars
● Red Cross Societies and their important role in women’s service

Politics of Service
● Service in which women covertly participated
● Social criticism directed at women who served away from home
● Women’s strategies to promote their serving publicly
● Colonialism and women’s service
● Rhetoric of separate spheres and women’s service
● Societal value of and respect for (or lack thereof) women’s service

Representation(s) of Service (literary and otherwise)
● Artistic representations of service (literary, visual, musical etc.)
● Effects of service on women’s writing, art, rhetoric, and other creative endeavors
● Intertextual notions of service in a transatlantic context
● Life writing

Intersectionality and Service
● Women and race in service
● Women, wealth, and class
● Service and shared space across class, national, gendered, or racial boundaries
● Women’s service as propaganda
● Notions of service in women’s, sexuality, and gender studies

Scholarship of Service
● Women’s service in historiography and narratives of women’s service
● Archives of women’s service
● Examples of women’s service that has gone unacknowledged or unidentified
● Advantages and dangers of looking at women’s history through the lens of service

These 90-minute conversations will take place via Martin Luther University’s virtual conference system, MLUConf, in June and July 2021 (specific dates to follow). The series will launch on Monday, June 7, at 11:30 am (EST) with keynote speaker, Jake Wynn, from the Missing Soldiers Office in Washington, D.C., whom we’re honored to welcome. He will discuss the humanitarian work of Clara Barton, who founded the American Red Cross in 1884.
We welcome panels, roundtables, and individual papers. For individual presentations, please provide a 300-word abstract; to propose a panel or a round table, please send a brief description of the topic and a 300-word abstract for each presenter. Email these materials to crosscurrents@amerikanistik.uni-halle.de by April 20, 2021.

Virtual conference organizers:
Laura-Isabella Heitz, MLU Halle-Wittenberg
Khristeena Lute, SUNY Adirondack
Julia Nitz, MLU Halle-Wittenberg
Sandra H. Petrulionis, Penn State University, Altoona

i Enobong Hannah Branch, and Melissa E. Wooten, “Suited for Service: Racialized Rationalizations for the Ideal Domestic Servant from the Nineteenth to the Early Twentieth Century,” Social Science History 36.2 (2012): 169–89. JSTOR. Accessed 11 Nov. 2020.
ii Jennifer Aston, and Catherine Bishop, Female Entrepreneurs in the Long Nineteenth Century: A Global Perspective (Palgrave, 2020); Carmen Birkle, and Justine Tally, “Introduction: Waging Health –Women in Nineteenth-Century American Wars” European Journal of American Studies (2015): n. p. Web. 11 Nov. 2020; Janet Henshall Momsen, ed., Gender, Migration, and Domestic Service (Routledge, 1999); and Kristina Booker, Menials: Domestic Service and the Cultural Transformation of British Society, 1650–1850 (Bucknell UP, 2018), 4.