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April 05, 2013

Call for Papers: ASPASIA/ 9: Rethinking Empire from Eastern Europe

DEADLINE: September 15, 2013

The /ASPASIA/ Editors invite submissions on the theme of gender and
empire in Eastern Europe for /ASPASIA/ vol. 9, with Susan Zimmermann
(CEU) as guest-editor.

Gendered imperialism within Eastern Europe has received little
attention from scholars. We hope this theme section will address this
omission and inspire exciting new perspectives on gender and empire in
Eastern Europe. We see several particular lacunae in the existing
literature. First, while scholars have investigated the entanglement
of nation, nationalism, nation-building and gender in Eastern Europe,
there is hardly any research on how actors identifying with dominant
communities have silently or visibly related to gender, in view of
their own and other communities. Second, integrative research into
gendered imperialism has been rare in relation to both competing and
parallel imperialisms within the region, as well as regarding the
consequences of the secondary global status of Eastern European
Empires for rethinking empire from Eastern Europe. Third, while there
has been an interest in counter-hegemonic intellectual (populist,
socialist, "third-worldist" ...) traditions in East European history,
this research has not focused on the gendered dimensions of these
intellectual traditions nor on the politics positively related to
these intellectual traditions. The history of state-socialist thinking
and politics of course forms one important exception, although also in
this case the "anti-imperial" dimension of the related gender project
has been rather neglected. Fourth, post-empire has more often than not
been investigated in terms of national histories or unspecified
"entangled" national histories, with ongoing imperial relationships
exiled into "context" or altogether absent. Hence, another research
lacuna is the gender of post-empire political settings in both
national and imperial, and more recently unequally globalized

Legacies, the continuities and transformations of, as well as
challenges to empire, will be an important contribution to the ongoing
endeavor to re-think the gendered history of Eastern Europe into more
critical perspectives on global history.

Particular foci for contributions to /ASPASIA/ 9 could include:

-The invisible politics of domination (for example, the silences in
the politics of women's movements identifying with dominant nations;
imperial constructions of the gender order; gendered occidentalism;
gendered imperial international law; ongoing inequality in East/West
relations, etc.).

- Entangled constructions of gender in the relationship between
several communities of different status (for example. legal pluralism;
mutual gendered constructions and ascriptions; the difference the
state makes).

- Periphery as center---decolonializing approaches (for example, the
gendered dimensions of anti-capitalist and "populist" thought from
Eastern Europe; gender beyond the nation in nationalist settings;
gender in peripherialized economies; gender without the state, and so

- Comparative and entangled imperialism (for example,
Habsburg-Ottoman-Russian comparisons; Eastern European vs./in relation
to Western empires; the Soviet "empire" in the global order;
borderlands; comparative engendering of area studies, etc).

- Imperial orders of post-empire (for example, post/imperial politics
of knowledge production; gender order and unequal development, and so

In addition to contributions on the theme of gender and empire in
Eastern Europe, the /ASPASIA/ editors welcome submissions on all
topics related to women's and gender history in Central, Eastern, and
Southeastern Europe on an on-going basis.

Submissions of up to 8,000 words (including notes) can be sent to
Francisca de Haan (Aspasia Editor-in-Chief) at dehaanf@ceu.hu or to
Melissa Feinberg at mfeinberg@history.rutgers.edu. For more
information, please write to one of the editors or visit
http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/asp/, where you can also download
the /ASPASIA/ Guidelines for Authors.

Posted by jmkirsch at April 5, 2013 03:23 PM