Monday, May 12, 2008

Forum II: Early Modern Women and Material Culture


/Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal/ (/EMWJ/) invites
submissions to an interdisciplinary Forum /Early Modern Women and
Material Culture/, slated for publication in Volume IV (2009).
Contributors to the forum will explore the nature of the material
culture of early modern women and girls from different socioeconomic
levels and from regions across the globe. Which objects - garments,
manuscripts, jewelry, toys, housewares, tools, furniture, and musical
instruments - - did they own or use? How did such objects construct
identity, strengthen social ties, teach social or economic roles, or
perform other cultural functions? What objects were commonly associated
with women and girls? What unusual objects did they own or use? Were
specific objects associated with certain times in a woman's life,
certain places, or particular rituals? What values, ideas, and
assumptions were linked to the material culture of women and girls?

Submissions should be 1300 words in length (plus footnotes). Building
on such recent exhibitions as the Victoria and Albert Museum's /At Home
in Renaissance Italy /(2006) and on such recent books as Jacqueline
Musacchio's /Art and Ritual of Childbirth in Renaissance Italy /(1999)
and/ /Ann Rosalind Jones and Peter Stallybrass's /Renaissance Clothing
and the Materials of Memory/ (2001)/, /contributions may focus on a
single object or group of objects that still exist, or on references to
objects in images, literary texts, or archival documents. Submissions
that explore a range of socioeconomic groups and regions across the
globe are especially welcome.

The deadline for forum submissions is *October 31, 2008.*
Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Jouranl
Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies
Taliaferro Hall 0139
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-7727 USA,


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