Research on women’s contributions to the periodical press often focuses on women’s periodicals, considering them as separate “feminized” spaces devoted to the interests of particular circles of female readers. This conference takes a different approach. Focusing on women editors rather than women’s periodicals, it explores how periodical editorship enabled women to create public voices, participate in public debate and act as agents of change far beyond their immediate sphere of influence. As part of the European Research Council funded project “Agents of Change : Women Editors and Socio-Cultural Transformation in Europe, 1710-1920,” we invite papers on a wide variety of topics related to female periodical editorship in Europe in the broadest historical sense of the word (not just the current European Union) from the early eighteenth to the early twentieth century.
We invite case studies of individual editors as well as comparative, theoretical or methodological approaches. We are particularly interested in papers examining women’s editorship across chronological or language boundaries.
The working language of the conference is English. We welcome proposals from researchers at all stages of their careers.
Proposals of around 250 words (references not included) for 20-minute papers and a short CV (no more than 200 words) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 November 2018. We also welcome proposals for joint panels of three papers.