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We are seeking contributions for a special issue of Annales historiques de la Révolution français, around the theme of “European Feminisms.”
The term “feminism” was not used during the age of revolutions. But the period of the 1780s through the 1820s witnessed a series of positions in favor of women’s rights, whether as emancipation or as fuller integration into contemporary conceptions of citizenship. For this issue, we are looking for contributions on “feminism” writ large, including discourses on women’s education, male domination, ways to remedy women’s economic dependence, and critiques of marriage, but also acts of political engagement that can be seen prefiguring more specifically feminist movements.
We welcome work on either individuals or movements across Europe and European empires, including colonies and former colonies. Some possible angles include: What discourses or acts challenged dominant conceptions of the family as the basis of the nation? Can one see any consciousness of women as a group in the interstices of certain discourses? How were women’s rights imagined or debated differently in various European contexts, and what opportunities or limits did revolutionary women actors experience?? How can we identify the networks that formed “a space for the cause of women,” to use the term of the sociologist Laure Bereni? How were ideas diffused—by what contacts, publications, correspondence, meetings, translations, voyages, etc.? What forms of communications existed between various activists and authors? How does thinking about race, slavery, and colonial inequalities challenge our assumptions? How have recent theoretical developments or discoveries reshaped our understanding of women’s political engagement or connections?
The issue will be published in French, but propositions in English are welcome, and can be translated. We reserve the possibility of a subsequent English edition to be published online.
The maximum article length is 40,000 signs in English or 50,000 in French, or about 10,000 words.
Prof. Jennifer N. Heuer
University of Massachusetts Amherst