CfP: Global Humanities, Vol. 5: Gender and Public Opinion

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Call for Publications
August 20, 2016
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Women's & Gender History / Studies, World History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Sexuality Studies, Popular Culture Studies

Global Humanities, Vol. 5: Gender and Public Opinion

The recent “media struggle” about public toilets and their use in a gender neutral way is currently driving another discussion for gender equality in the United States. Gender roles, however, have globally gone through several transformations, especially in the 20th century. Due to the discussions the majority was willing and able to determine what seemed to be a classic gender role, but social, economic, and political changes stimulated a broader and more liberal definition of gender. Regardless of the emancipating effects of and tendencies in the 20th century, there are still reactionary forces, wishing to return to classical gender roles of men and women. However, historical gender norms tended to be different in the specific cultural and timely settings. These norms were usually following the determinations by the ruling power or classes. Possible was everything what “fashion” allowed. Hence the creation of modern mass societies also established a public opinion on gender roles and invited a political and social mass culture to comment on these norms. Therefore, gender has been and still is discussed in many ways by public opinions around the globe. “Genderfied” discussions consequently covered and cover almost all fields of social life in modern societies. The fifth volume of the international, interdisciplinary, and peer-reviewed journal Global Humanities is therefore asking for discussions and analyses – from all fields in the humanities – of the gender discourse in public opinion. All possible geographical and chronological contexts are welcome. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:


Gender, art, and public opinion

Gender, discrimination, and public opinion

Gender, equality, and public opinion

Gender, hate crimes, and public opinion

Gender, interest groups, and public opinion

Gender, media, and public opinion

Gender, sexual violence, and public opinion

Gender, stereotypes, and public opinion


For a better planning of the next volume, we ask you to send in a short proposal (around 250 words) and a short CV by August 20, 2016. Final papers, ranging from 5,000 to 7,500 words (using footnotes, style sheet will be provided by the editor) are due by 30 September 2016.

Please send all materials or inquiries to 

Contact Info: 

Frank Jacob,

History Department, City University of New York (QCC), 22205 56th Ave, Bayside, 11364 New York, USA