Gender and Crisis in History

Publié le 25 janvier 2015 par Institut du Genre

Procida (Napoli), June 22-24, 2015
Deadline for submission : February 28, 2015
Contact e-mail : caglioti@unina.it ; rizzod@unior.it
The Department of Social Sciences of the Università di Napoli Federico II, the
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Università di Napoli
L’Orientale together with the International collaborative doctoral network in
Women’s and Gender History will be jointly running the Graduate Conference
on Gender and Crisis in History, to be held June 22-24, 2015, on the island of
Procida (Napoli).

This conference seeks to bring together history graduate
students whose original research deal with gender and crisis.
Whilst the category of ‘gender’ has a well-established epistemological status,
how relational systems have changed historically still poses questions for
research.

The social sciences suggest that there are diverse fields in which – in a given
context – gender identities are constructed and identification processes occur.
These are interrelated yet distinct fields : they range from cultural systems of
meaning to economic-productive relations ; from the intimate personal sphere to
the legal and institutional dimension in the broad sense.

Historical research shows that the change takes place at different times and
assumes different forms in these diverse spheres, and that it is not possible to
identify ‘a transformative event’ in, or a ‘crisis’ of, gender relations as a whole.
Nor do interpretations of modernity in terms of ‘permanent crisis’ avoid
tautology in this regard.

There are nevertheless critical phases, or political, social, cultural or economic
junctures at which consolidated equilibria and arrangements are put to the test
on the terrain of gender relations as well.

Hence, around a plural and strongly localized notion of ‘crisis’, the aim of the
Conference is to gather current streams of research on different periods and
geographical contexts, and to encourage discussion among them.
We therefore invite papers proposals pertaining to three main lines of inquiry,
which may also intersect :

1. how critical phases of change or dramatic ruptures are translated into and/or
are accompanied by alterations in the system of gender relations ; and, viceversa,
how gender influences those processes, and what are the gender bases
of instabilities in, and shocks to, the economic, political, social and/or
cultural system ;

2. whilst a plurality of models usually operate in different contexts, there are
historical periods in which new ones emerge, and in which forms of
‘dissidence’/provocation implicitly or explicitly challenge established
equilibria and hierarchies ;

3. history is strewn with claims of an ongoing ‘crisis’ in the relations between
men and women. The topic to explore is this : in what contexts does this
happen, within what institutional frameworks, and with what consequences ?
To be noted in particular is the long-standing claim concerning the ‘crisis of
masculinity’, which is so widespread that it renders the category itself
somewhat inflated in public discourse and in contemporary common-sense.

The language of the Conference will be English.
The keynote speakers will be Prof Laura Lee Downs (EUI) and Prof Mary
Gibson (CUNY).
Conference presentations should last no longer than 20 minutes. Each
presentation will be accompanied by comments from a member of the scientific
committee. Presenters will have a chance to answer questions during a general
discussion period after the presentation.
Food and housing will be provided by the organizer institutions. Unfortunately,
we will not be able to provide funds for transportation.

Please submit proposals (500 word max) and bios (150 words max) in English
by February 28, 2015 to the following e-mail addresses : caglioti@unina.it ;
rizzod@unior.it. The Scientific Committee will select 10 participants.
Acceptance notices will be sent by March 20, 2015. Between ten and twelve
papers will be accepted. Accepted papers must be sent in by May 30, 2015.
The scientific committee : Peter Becker (Wien), Anna Bellavitis (Rouen),
Carmen de La Guardia (Madrid Autonoma), Daniela L. Caglioti (Napoli
Federico II), Gabriella Gribaudi (Napoli Federico II), P. Paderni (Napoli
Orientale), D. Rizzo (Napoli Orientale), E. Sarno (Napoli Orientale), Perry
Willson (Dundee), Annamaria Zaccaria (Napoli Federico II)

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Gender and Crisis in History