A Cultural History of Youth in the Age of Enlightenment
Editor: Adriana Benzaquen
I am inviting 400/500-word proposals for the chapter “Belief and Ideology” in volume 4 (the Age of Enlightenment, 1650-1800) of A Cultural History of Youth, a new six-volume set examining youth from antiquity to the contemporary period, which is being published by Bloomsbury. The series will provide a critical overview of the current state of research, and each chapter will include examples from different geographical locations and original analysis that will help define the field of youth studies for future generations. The series will engage readers who are knowledgeable in the field as well as non-specialist scholars and students.
Each volume will comprise an introduction and ten chapters on the same themes, so that readers can explore the theme across time. The chapter themes are: 1. Concepts of Youth; 2. Spaces and Places; 3. Education and Work; 4. Leisure and Play; 5. Emotions; 6. Gender, Sexuality and the Body; 7. Belief and Ideology; 8. Authority and Agency; 9. War and Conflict; 10. Towards a Global History.
Chapter 7: “Belief and Ideology” (these are some suggestions about the content of the chapter, but contributors can approach the theme according to their own interests and expertise): Religious faith and religious practices. Youth in religious institutions. Religious models and prescriptions concerning youth. Missionaries and indigenous youth. Youth and Enlightenment critiques of institutionalized religion. Youth and political ideologies. Youth and revolution (in theory and practice). Youth and/in racial discourses. Youth and the idea of progress.
The chapter should be no longer than 8,000 words, including notes and references, and contain 5-6 images. The first draft will be due on September 1, 2018 (the volume will be published, along with the rest of the set, at the start of 2021).
Please send your proposal for approaching this chapter, and a current cv or short biography, to Adriana Benzaquen, firstname.lastname@example.org, by July 10, 2017. If you have any questions, or would like to see a longer description of the project as a whole and the Enlightenment volume, feel free to contact me.
Associate Professor, Department of History
Mount Saint Vincent University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3M 2J6