Historians on Housewives-Call for Podcast Participants

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Call for Volunteers
December 31, 2020
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, American History / Studies, Teaching and Learning, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

The Historians on Housewives  project is looking for podcast participants.   Historians on Housewives is headquartered in Orange County, California where Bravo launched the Housewife franchise with The Real Housewives of Orange County. Our project brings together scholars from all ranks and disciplinary backgrounds to explore historical questions arising from the themes, events, episodes, and story arcs shaping Bravo Network’s Housewives franchises (and other Bravo-related reality television shows).

We are seeking scholars interested in contributing to podcast episodes beginning in July 2019.  Submissions for podcast participants are reviewed on a rolling deadline at  the first of each month.

If you are interested in being on a podcast episode please submit the following:

  • A 150 word abstract detailing how your academic interests align with topics related to the Real Housewives or other franchises on Bravo.  And, if appropriate, include your idea for a podcast episode.
  • A  150  word bio indicating your rank and area of specialization
  • Include  your own one sentence Real Housewives catch-phrase

Topics to be explored include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Feminism (feminist thought, concepts, and histories)
  • Motherhood (IVF/older mothers, childbirth, performance of motherhood, race/class/gendering motherhood)
  • Masculinity/men (portrayal of husbands, sons, boyfriends, and male friends on the show, race/class/gendered differences in masculinity) 
  • Parties and event planning (public displays of violence, alcohol and food, kinship formations, the role of charities) 
  • Politics (Real Housewives and their connections to Trump (or former presidents), social movements, feminism and antifeminism)
  • Legacy of slavery and Jim Crow (black face, cultural appropriation, exploitation of workers, racialized spaces) 
  • Violence (verbal/emotional fights, domestic violence, divorce, drug and alcohol abuse, different responses to violence in the various franchises) 
  • Religion (Christianity, Evangelicalism, Judaism, Islam, Wicca, Atheism, etc.) 
  • Immigrant communities (portrayal of immigrants/non-American cultures) 
  • Ageism/intergenerational conflicts (Botox/plastic surgery, internalized misogyny, mother-daughter conflicts) 
  • Suburbanization (Portrayal of suburban space and suburban relationships to metropolitan centers) 
  • Archives and Historical Methods (Testimonials as oral history, archives, public history tours, family stories) 

Please submit  your materials via our webpage: https://historiansonhousewives.com/podcastsubmission

For more information see our webpage: historiansonhousewives.com

Please direct all questions to historiansonhousewives@gmail.com

Contact Info: 

Professor Jessica Millward, Dept. of History, UC Irvine