The (Stuffed) Elephant in the Room: Negotiating Identities from Pregnancy to Parenthood within the Academy

Co-edited by Dr. Rachel Berger (Associate Professor, History, Concordia) and Dr. Jessica Riddell (Associate Professor, English, Bishop’s University).

This edited collection takes a multi-disciplinary approach to conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood within the academy. Contributors from diverse disciplines will contribute essays on their process of negotiating parenthood and professorship within the Canadian landscape of higher education.

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Call for Submissions: The History of Venereal Disease

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Deadline: January 15, 2016

What role have venereal diseases played in the history of sexuality? From the rise of syphilis in medieval Europe to the emergence of AIDS in the late twentieth century, venereal disease has played a significant role in the history of human sexuality. Responses to VD have ranged from the practical (such as specialist syphilis hospitals and anti-STD poster campaigns during World War Two) to the panicked (from early modern denunciations of syphilis as ‘the wages of sin’ to the HIV/ AIDS panic of the 1980s). The reputations of public figures from Henry VIII to Freddie Mercury have been shaped by their associations with sexually transmitted diseases, whilst VD has also been linked to national rivalries (syphilis, for example, was variously known as ‘the French disease’, ‘the Spanish itch’ and ‘the evil of Naples’). Venereal disease has also shaped lives at a more private level, producing intense emotional reactions and influencing personal medical histories and sexual behaviours.

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Call for Submissions: Histories of Sex Education

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Due: January 31, 2016

Sex education has historically been subject to many forces: religion, educational policies, public health concerns, social trends, local and national politics, and gender and sexual orientation. Each has played a role in the creation and evolution of sex instruction. The public’s response to sex education has likewise ranged widely.

NOTCHES invites submissions on histories of sex education. We welcome blog posts (1000-1500 words); interviews with scholars, archivists, and activists; as well as submissions to our “Archives of Desire” series in which historians reflect on a primary source and its value in research or teaching.

Possible questions for exploration include (but are not limited to):

  • In what formal and informal contexts has sex education taken place?
  • How have health professionals and educators communicated the subjects of sex and sexuality?
  • How have religious bodies, faiths and institutions shaped sex education policies and reform, and what pushback has occurred?
  • In what ways has the discourse of sexual education evolved in relation to or been inflected by race, gender, socio-economic class, and so forth?
  • What role has the media played historically in furthering sexual knowledge?
  • How has sex education been taught globally and what transnational issues arise when examining sex instruction comparatively?

Style and image guidelines:

  • Submissions should be written for a non-specialist and international audience. Therefore, avoid jargon and use hyperlinks – not footnotes – to clarify terms or concepts that may be unfamiliar to a general readership.
  • Include at least one relevant image for which you have obtained permission, and caption your image with clear attribution information. We welcome your use of a range of sources such as movies or sound files.
  • Include a short hyperlinked author bio and photo with your submission
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Please send submissions or proposals to NOTCHES assistant editor Saniya Lee Ghanoui ( by January 31, 2016. Submissions from outside North America are especially welcome. All submissions to NOTCHES will undergo an internal peer-review process. Proposals and queries are most welcome. See more here.

New proposals wanted for Ashgate series Women and Gender in the Early Modern World

Gender and Work in Early Modern Europe

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New proposals are welcomed for both single-author volumes and edited collections for the Ashgate series Women and Gender in the Early Modern World. For over a decade the series has published innovative research on all aspects of the field. The series includes titles on the family, on education, poor relief and religion, on lactation, menstruation and procreation, on Queenship, the book trade and on Ottoman women builders -to name but a few. Readers of this blog will no doubt be familiar with the excellent volume The Marital Economy in Scandinavia and Britain 1400-1900 edited by Maria Ågren and Amy Louise Erickson.

Proposals are sought for research which expands this evolving field and challenges current scholarship on the early modern period. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in scope, the series strives to reach beyond geographical limitations to explore the experiences of early modern women and the nature of gender in Europe, the Americas…

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